Bentz Whaley Flessner

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.

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. [...]