Bentz Whaley Flessner

Colleges and universities—well, many of them, at least—are cash-starved beasts, increasingly reliant on tuition and fees to make ends meet. So this report, the credit-rating agency’s fifth annual analysis of tuition revenue, brings unhappy news. Growth in net-tuition revenue next year, the report says, will be the weakest it’s been in a decade. Moody’s, which based [...]

The University of California Davis on Thursday named a new classroom and recital hall after alumna Ann Pitzer, who contributed $5 million toward the construction of the $15 million building. The 17,000-square-foot Ann E. Pitzer Center will include a 394-seat recital hall for concerts and lectures. Expected to open in early 2016, the building is near the Robert [...]

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received a landmark gift of $100 million from John and Tashia Morgridge, representing the largest single contribution from individual donors in the history of the institution. The Morgridge gift will inspire and match donations for new and enhanced professorships, chairs and distinguished chairs in an effort to recruit and retain a [...]

Since its adolescence more than four decades ago, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center has been known as Avery Fisher Hall. Now, as the orchestra prepares for a major renovation expected to cost more than $500 million, the Fisher family has agreed to relinquish the name so the Philharmonic and Lincoln Center can [...]

Haverford College graduates unable to meet their student loan debt may soon get some help through a new fund being established with donor dollars. The new $2 million fund will help young alumni who are unemployed, in low-paying jobs with “high social value,” or who do not have access to other loan deferral programs, the [...]

Connie and Steve Ballmer have given $50 million to the University of Oregon’s $2 billion capital campaign, the first big gift since the campaign went public last month. The campaign has more than $750 million in commitments. The campaign will improve access, fund faculty and research and improve the campus. “Receiving only approximately 5 percent [...]

Ten years ago, Los Angeles billionaire Jeff Skollfounded Participant Media to make films and TV shows that spark social change. Now he wants to inspire the next generation of entertainers to follow in his footsteps. Today, Skoll announced a $10 million endowment to launch an eponymous Center for Social Impact Entertainment at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The first-of-its-kind hub will [...]

Santa Clara University’s (SCU) Leavey School of Business today announced the generous gift of Phil and Peggy Holland’s popular, free, online small business course content and business-training website ( together with $10 million for Santa Clara University to expand and improve the course, and to create the My Own Business Institute (MOBI) and a related [...]

Re-Posted BWF Client Advisory – Thinking Critically About Hiring: Deciphering the Frontline Fundraiser Resume by Bentz Whaley Flessner on November 8, 2014 in Published by BWF Originally published October 8, 2014 Fundraising organizations are constantly hiring new talent, both to grow the size of their shops and to replace those fundraisers who have moved on. However, … Continue reading

Global understanding of philanthropy across borders and within cultures around the world will be significantly advanced by the creation of the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, school officials are announcing today. A $1.5 million gift from Jerre and Mary Joy Stead and their family through [...]