Person

John R. Taylor

Image via Human Rights Watch (archived page)
Occupation:

Managing Partner, Wellspring Advisors

Founder, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

John R. Taylor is the managing partner of the private philanthropy consulting firm Wellspring Advisors and the founder of its associated left-of-center foundation, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. Taylor previously worked for Berger & Montague P.C. from 1989-1997 and as a litigator for Dechert LLP from 1986 to 1989. [1]

Taylor was formerly a board member for the abortion clinic network and pro-abortion advocacy group Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a board member for the left-of-center Human Rights Watch. [2] [3] [4]

Background

John R. Taylor and his brother Myles Taylor co-founded Wellspring Advisors in New York in 2000. [5]

Taylor has sat on the board of directors at a number of social-liberal organizations, including the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, the Attic Youth Center, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Survivor Corps/Landmine Survivors Network, and Human Rights Watch. [6] Taylor also previously sat on the steering committee for the International Human Rights Funders Group. [7]

A third Taylor brother, Fred Taylor, is a left-of-center philanthropist in California who donates to various human rights causes. [8]

Wellspring Company and Philanthropy

Wellspring Advisors is a for-profit limited liability corporation created to manage the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a major left-of-center nonprofit funding organization. [9]

Philanthropy News Digest described Wellspring Advisers as a “consulting firm for anonymous donors.” [10] Wellspring Advisors was incorporated in Delaware in May of 2001. The Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, was incorporated in New Jersey in 1999. [11]

The Wellspring Philanthropic Fund was previously called the Matan B’Seter Foundation. “Matan B’Seter” is a Hebrew phrase meaning “anonymous gift.” [12]

The Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is a member of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. The Funders Committee for Civic Participation is a project of  NEO Philanthropy, a left-of-center pass-through funding organization. The Funders Committee is a donors’ roundtable for major left-wing funders interested in voter engagement and redistricting efforts. [13]

Taylor graduated from Haverford College in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in history. [14] After graduating from Haverford, Taylor attended the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree from Cornell University in 1986. [15] [16]

After law school, Taylor went to work for Dechert, Price & Rhoads, a Philadelphia law firm. While there, Taylor represented a corporate client in civil matters. [17]

In 1989, Taylor moved to Berger & Montague, another Philadelphia law firm. There, Taylor represented plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits against companies that allegedly violated federal securities, anti-trust, and environmental laws. [18]

In 1997, Taylor left Berger & Montague for the firm of Sandals, Langer & Taylor where he focused on plaintiff-side class-action litigation until he left the firm in 2000. [19]

References

  1. “John R. Taylor.” ZoomInfo. Accessed August 27, 2019. Original URL: https://www.zoominfo.com/p/John-Taylor/1449159272. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/08/John-R.-Taylor.-ZoomInfo.-08.2019.pdf  ^
  2. “Planned Parenthood Federation of America: Annual Report 2005-2006.” Planned Parenthood. Accessed August 27, 2019. Original URL: https://www.stopp.org/PPFAReports/PPFA200506001.pdf. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/08/Planned-Parenthood-Foundation-Annual-Report-2005-2006.-08.2019.pdf. ^
  3. “Search Results: John R. Taylor.” ProPublica. Accessed August 27, 2019. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/name_search/index?utf8=✓&q=John+R.+Taylor ^
  4. “Board of Directors (archived).” Human Rights Watch. Archived July 11, 2015. Accessed August 27, 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20150711035720/https://www.hrw.org/about/people/board-directors ^
  5. About Us. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://wpfund.org/about-us/ ^
  6. About Us. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://wpfund.org/about-us/ ^
  7. About Us. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://wpfund.org/about-us/ ^
  8. Mider, Zachary. “The $13 Billion Mystery Angels.” Bloomberg News. May 14, 2014. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-05-08/three-mysterious-philanthropists-fund-fourth-largest-u-dot-s-dot-charity ^
  9. “Wellspring Advisors, LLC – File No. L08493.” District of Columbia, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Accessed August 15, 2019. https://corponline.dcra.dc.gov/BizEntity.aspx/ViewEntityData?entityId=2865739 ^
  10. “Anonymous Donors of More Than $1 Billion Revealed.” Philanthropy News Digest. May 9, 2014. Accessed July 18, 2019.https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/anonymous-donors-of-more-than-1-billion-revealed ^
  11. “Wellspring Advisors, LLC – File No. L08493.” District of Columbia, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Accessed August 15, 2019. https://corponline.dcra.dc.gov/BizEntity.aspx/ViewEntityData?entityId=2865739  ^
  12. Ghermezian, Shiryn. “Dozens of Jewish Charities Supported by Newly Revealed ‘$13 Billion Mystery Angels.’” The Algemeiner. May 27, 2014. Accessed July 18, 2019. https://www.algemeiner.com/2014/05/27/jewish-charities-heavily-favored-by-newly-revealed-13-billion-mystery-angels/  ^
  13. “Members.” Funders Committee for Civic Participation. Accessed August 26, 2019. Original URL: https://funderscommittee.org/about/#member-organizations. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/08/Funders-Committee.-Members-and-Staff.-08.2019.pdf. ^
  14. John Taylor. Spoke. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://www.spoke.com/people/john-taylor-3e1429c09e597c10080dcc5b ^
  15. John Taylor. Spoke. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://www.spoke.com/people/john-taylor-3e1429c09e597c10080dcc5b ^
  16. John Taylor. Spoke. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://www.spoke.com/people/john-taylor-3e1429c09e597c10080dcc5b ^
  17. John Taylor. Spoke. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://www.spoke.com/people/john-taylor-3e1429c09e597c10080dcc5b ^
  18. John Taylor. Spoke. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://www.spoke.com/people/john-taylor-3e1429c09e597c10080dcc5b ^
  19. John Taylor. Spoke. Accessed November 14, 2020. https://www.spoke.com/people/john-taylor-3e1429c09e597c10080dcc5b ^
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