About The Harnisch Foundation

Founded in 1998, when Ruth Ann Harnisch left her career in media for a life centered in giving. Since then, theHF has been at the forefront of creative, progressive, spirited philanthropy; always (always!) putting our money where our values are. Learn more about our team and our history, or check out who we support.


Ruth Ann Harnisch has always been a pioneer. Her ceiling-shattering career as a media personality in Nashville, TN was, in many ways, the catalyst for nearly 5 decades of patronage. Two of those decades are encapsulated in the Harnisch Foundation which she created with her husband Bill Harnisch in 1998. Below we’ve provided a snapshot of landmark moments along her journey. Enjoy!


Ruth Ann Harnisch

Ruth Ann Harnisch, Founder & President

A “recovering journalist,” Ruth Ann started out as a teen deejay in her native Buffalo, NY. Her media career spanned three decades and includes Emmy-nominated television reporting, becoming the first woman to anchor Nashville, TN’s CBS-TV affiliate, hosting a daily talk-radio program on WLAC-AM, and 17 years as a columnist for the Nashville Banner.

Bill Harnisch

Bill Harnisch, Founder

William F. Harnisch is the Chief Investment Strategist at Peconic Partners, managing all aspects of the firm’s investment process. Bill began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1968 (later known as Chase Investors Management), where he was Vice-President responsible for Special Equity Investments.  He joined Forstmann-Leff Associates (FLA) in 1978 when the business managed $300 million.  He began managing FLA in 1984, eventually managing assets of over $5 billion, and became the majority shareholder in 1989. With a strong history in absolute return, FLA entered the hedge fund business in 1986.  The long-only business was sold in 1997, and Mr. Harnisch left FLA at the end of 2004 to form Peconic Partners and concentrate on the hedged product.

Jenny Raymond

Jenny Raymond, Executive Director

Jenny Raymond serves as Executive Director of the NYC-based Harnisch Foundation. Working hard to support and unleash more awesome in the world, Jenny has collaborated with Ruth Ann and theHF since 1999 and administered more than $10 million dollars to support bold ideas, effective leaders, and creative communities. From investigating sustainable new models in journalism to trumpeting multi-vehicles for the empowerment of women and girls, Jenny has been on the forefront of creative philanthropy. Among her specialties: coaching grant recipients in the fine art of cultivating relationships with funders in order to create long-lasting partnerships.

Carla Blumenthal

Carla Blumenthal, Program Manager, Funny Girls

Carla serves as the Program Manager for Funny Girls. As a child and teenager, she was heavily involved in community theatre in her hometown outside of Philadelphia. Combining her love for theatre and desire to empower girls to feel confident and whole, Carla is incredibly excited to give shape to the Funny Girls program. Currently, Carla runs tea+purpose, an organization that hosts tea groups for women in their 20s and 30s to connect more deeply with themselves in community with others. Previously, Carla worked at KIND Snacks, the socially-conscious health foods company, where she lead all social media activities and campaigns. She started her career at MRY, a social media agency, where she lead campaigns for clients such as Microsoft, Visa, and Women Deliver’s crowdfunding platform Catapult. In the past, she’s volunteered extensively with She’s the First and was a co-founder of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, Eat Down Tip Up, featured on CNN and the New York Post. Carla holds an M.A from Emerson College’s Global Marketing and Advertising program and a B.A from James Madison University. She resides in Brooklyn.