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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 [...]

This November 2014 issue of Bentz Whaley Flessner’s Points of Practice, outlines ways to maximize year-end fundraising.

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.

An Arizona family is donating $25 million to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum — the largest gift in the Washington museum’s history — to increase its educational programming. The gift from the William Levine family of Phoenix will be used to expand and diversify its reach, especially to young people, according to the museum. The [...]

The San Diego Opera, which was slated to close down in the spring before it was rescued by a leadership shakeup and an emergency funding campaign, ended the last fiscal year with stable finances, U-T San Diego reports. Audited financial statements showed an operating shortfall of $52,067 on expenses of $15.9-million for the 2013-14 season. [...]

4 Bad Leadership Behaviors to Blast in 2015 It’s December, and that means the annual flurry of “New Year’s Resolutions” lists has begun. Although I’m aware that I am adding to that besiegement, I still want to share a year-end list from Maren Hogan of The Talent Advisor team that I feel is especially on-point for … Continue reading

Hotel magnate Ira Drukier and his wife Gale have donated $25 million to Weill Cornell Medial College, which will use the funds to create an institute dedicated to speeding up research into the root cause of childhood diseases. “As parents and grandparents, Gale and I appreciate the tremendous impact medicine can have on growing children,” [...]

The donation of $100-million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday was the 17th contribution of that amount or more made this year. Fred Eshelman, who made his fortune developing medications, made the gift to the institution’s pharmacy school. All signs are strong that 2014 will be a robust year for [...]