Bentz Whaley Flessner

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is receiving a $20-million gift from technology entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett, the orchestra announced Wednesday. The gift, which is the second largest in the orchestra’s history, is being made in recognition of Deborah Borda, the orchestra’s president and chief executive. Bohnett has served on the orchestra’s board of directors for [...]

Three years ago, at the age of 34, Lukas Wartman was handed a death sentence when his leukemia returned for the second time. Lucky for him, he was doing a fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, home to one of three top research centers in the country unraveling genetic mysteries behind disease. Wartman was [...]

Direct response is key for donors at all levels. That notion was recently reinforced in this blog post that suggests you keep your biggest givers in the mass marketing program unless they specifically ask to be removed. But that doesn’t mean your major gift donors and prospects should be receiving the same email and print […]

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees accepted three major gifts to the university during its meeting Tuesday. One will help fund the renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics; another is being used for scholarships for first-generation students; and the third is a previously announced gift for the renovation and expansion of [...]

Thirty Baylor University students in the university’s first Philanthropy Lab course spent the fall semester learning more than just the history and philosophy of giving back. They also gained $100,000 worth of real-world experience. Students in the “Philanthropy and the Public Good” class were given the tangible responsibility of directing $100,000 in actual money to deserving local [...]

The University of Kansas on Tuesday celebrated the largest single donation from individual donors in school history. The $58 million gift from the estate of Madison “Al” and Lila Self will provide fellowships and scholarships for students in business, economics and the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. Tuesday’s announcement brings the total [...]

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has received an $8 million donation to endow the position of the museum’s director and president. The gift from the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation was given in honor of the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2015. Kaywin Feldman has led the museum since 2008 and will be the first person to hold [...]

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has donated $38-million to the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta to bolster the cultural consortium’s endowment and make capital improvements, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Business Chronicle write. The gift appears to represent a vote on confidence in the center’s leadership following the resolution of a labor fight with one of its four component organizations, [...]

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced a $100 million commitment to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy from Fred Eshelman, a 1972 graduate of the School, founder and former CEO of Pharmaceutical Product Development, and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals. The School was named for Eshelman in 2008. The commitment—the largest [...]

Understanding corporations’ motives for giving and what they are seeking in their relationship with your organization can pay dividends. Bentz Whaley Flessner presents three responses for your development program to take advantage of recent findings.