Since 2010, harp-weaver has been privileged to work with clients who are thoughtful, curious, engaging and committed to their unique missions. Though they range in size and structure, focus and intention, we are humbled by what unites them all - their drive and determination for their charitable giving to have an impact. We consider ourselves fortunate to be the catalyst that drives their collaboration and giving.
how we make a difference
We are curious, adventurous, and creative. If there is a better way, we’ll find it. We’re excited by ingenuity and inspired by those who try something new.
We do everything to surpass expectations and do our best to serve our clients.
We are not afraid of a challenge.
We will do what it takes to first understand and then drive the change that is needed.
Our compassion allows us to understand where we are needed and what we can do to help.
We share our common goals and embrace teamwork with mutual respect. We value each other, thrive on our diversity, and work with our partners to leverage our strengths in making a difference.
Naming your foundation or charity account can be such a personal decision. The name can represent you, your family or what matters most to your organization. harp-weaver was born out of a similar thought process. When Teresa founded the business, she had just given birth to her third child. With the completion of her family and the simultaneous confirmation of her professional aspirations, her values and priorities were affirmed. With its themes of motherhood and creation, and having always loved the poem, “The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver" became the inspiration for her new professional and personal life.
“...I saw my mother sitting
On the one good chair,
A light falling on her
From I couldn’t tell where.
And not a day older,
And the harp with a woman’s head
Leaned against her shoulder.
Her thin fingers, moving
In the thin, tall strings,
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Excerpt from “The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver”
While our expertise and backgrounds are varied, we are singularly devoted to bringing your vision to life. We are a group of women compelled to action through our clients’ mission and passion.
teresa araco rodgers
Teresa Araco Rodgers founded harp-weaver LLC in 2010 to provide a better way to add meaning, to manage gifting and to align investing with personal, family, corporate and financial goals. harp-weaver serves as personal philanthropic staff, working closely with private funders and their advisors to develop tailored giving plans and creatively execute against those plans. Clients are more strategic with charitable dollars and more fulfilled with involvement. Teresa began her career at SEI and in her sixteen years with the company, she played various global business development and client service roles. Teresa holds a master’s degree and a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and received the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation. Teresa currently serves as the Executive Director of multiple private foundations. She is an avid supporter of women’s philanthropy and hosts a dinner series called Night Out With Meaning. She is a partner in collaborative funds, serves on multiple nonprofit boards, and is a member of Social Venture Circle. Teresa is an advocate for and an early adopter of mission aligned investing and promoting a practical approach amongst foundations and individual investors.
susan benton clover
Susan Benton Clover has been providing accounting services for harp-weaver clients since 2012. In addition to supporting harp-weaver, her accounting practice specializes in nonprofit organizations and her services include: preparation of monthly, quarterly and other periodic financial statements; preparation of budget reports for grantors, boards and others; preparation of payroll and other tax and reporting forms; and preparation for annual audits and assistance with audits. Sue earned her B.S. in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to starting her own practice in 1988, Sue was a Manager at Community Accountants.
latoya j. jessamy
Latoya J. Jessamy has been providing bookkeeping and accounting services for harp-weaver since 2013. She is sole practitioner at Precise Accounting Services, a small accounting firm offering tax and various accounting services to individuals & small to mid-size businesses. A graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a Bachelor’s (B.B.A) in Accounting and Finance, Latoya is currently pursuing a Master’s in Taxation (MT) from Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, with an expected graduation in Fall 2021. Shortly thereafter, she will pursue a position as an adjunct accounting professor at an accredited institution, while maintaining her position at her firm. In addition, Latoya holds professional affiliations with American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).
Karen Moustafellos has been providing branding, content creation and business development for harp-weaver since 2019. With over 20 years experience in design and marketing and founding two jewelry brands (EnA Fine Jewelry and Kelli Ames) and an architecture firm (Intellectual Property LLC), she now leverages her brand-building skills to help other organizations achieve their full potential through clear, targeted, wholly integrated and compelling communication. Harnessing her background and skills as an architect, she synthesizes disparate and competing messages into one coherent voice and vision. For over a decade, she has worked with countless non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia region through her “Cover Girl” Campaign. Her award-winning work has been featured on television and in magazines, has “walked” the runway during NY Fashion Week, and is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Karen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Architecture from Princeton.
paula m. riley
Paula M. Riley has been providing communication and marketing expertise for harp-weaver clients since 2018. A communications consultant who empowers businesses and individuals to articulate value, Paula supports harp-weaver clients and other small businesses with strategy, messaging, and communications. Paula is an agile, action-orientated, and enthusiastic professional who achieves results. With passion and excitement, Paula teaches, coaches, and empowers others to identify and articulate their value. Her experience includes marketing, human resource management, and sales. She was a founding partner of et alia, llc (an SAP solutions firm) and a solutions consultant serving multiple industries. Paula is currently an adjunct faculty member at Saint Joseph’s University and holds a Master of Organizational Science/Human Resources from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts/English from The State University of New York at Albany.
Abby Rolland joined harp-weaver in 2021, and provides grants and communications support for The Presser Foundation and harp-weaver’s other philanthropic efforts. Abby has grantmaking and communications experience in private and community foundations, higher education, and human services. She’s passionate about catalyzing innovative change and systematizing processes to create stronger systems and better communities. Abby has a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, a certificate in nonprofit management from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School.
harp-weaver is very fortunate to work with a diverse set of clients in a multitude of ways. Our personalized approach allows us to provide an array of services to support our clients’ priorities, passions, and needs.
Here are some examples of treasured client relationships.
CLIENT SINCE 2015 | PHILANTHROPY ADVICE | GRANTMAKING MANAGEMENT
An individual became focused on philanthropy after the passing of a spouse. This individual wanted to increase both the level of giving and impact. harp-weaver helped create a donor-advised account at a national donor-advised fund. Ongoing, harp-weaver provides philanthropy guidance and grant administration.
CLIENT SINCE 2003 | PHILANTHROPY ADVICE | MISSION ALIGNMENT | GRANTMAKING & FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT
A family desired philanthropy to provide both meaningful and educational experiences for their expanding family. harp-weaver helped the family define a mission, vision, and strategy and created both a private foundation and donor-advised fund account. We identify strategic and innovative grant and investment opportunities that are mission-aligned and provide the comprehensive management services that guide the family on generational giving.
CLIENT SINCE 2012 | PHILANTHROPY ADVICE | GRANTMAKING & FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT
harp-weaver serves as the outsourced staff to a Philadelphia-based, independent music foundation. Since its formal establishment in 1939, the foundation has supported music education, music performance, and music presentation organizations nationwide. With over 300 grantees and 5 grantmaking areas, harp-weaver manages the entire grant cycle and supports both the committees and board of the foundation. harp-weaver is responsible for the overall entity management, including financials, tax reporting, budgeting, cash management, communications, and governance. harp-weaver has been particularly instrumental in the foundation’s efforts to center racial equity.
CLIENT SINCE 2018 | PHILANTHROPY ADVICE
Working with corporate philanthropy clients, harp-weaver helps create and refine corporate philanthropy as part of company culture. For a particular company with multiple branches nationwide and a relatively new CEO, harp-weaver was charged with examining existing corporate philanthropy practices to create a strategic program that was aligned with core competencies and values.
VARIOUS CLIENTS SINCE 2010 | PHILANTHROPY ADVICE | MISSION ALIGNMENT
harp-weaver partners with wealth advisors to provide a deeper level of philanthropic advising beyond charitable giving vehicles, including mission-aligned investing. Since our founder, Teresa, has an investment management background, she understands the relationship and servicing of clients and can provide a level of expertise that is complimentary and value-added to wealth advisors and their prospects and clients. By being introduced in the context of a sales process or servicing, we are able to assist clients in evolving and refining their philanthropic goals.
VARIOUS CLIENTS SINCE 2010 | PHILANTHROPY ADVICE
harp-weaver is committed to growing the field of philanthropy – collaborating with colleagues, researching areas of interest and importance to the space, and sharing our research publicly. Teaming up with nonprofit organizations and research-based entities, harp-weaver provides expertise on topics ranging from grantmaking to types of investments to recipient outcomes.