• Finding the Cash for Big Arts Projects

    Date: 01/15/2015

    The Wall Street Journal
    By Jennifer Smith
    January 14, 2015

    From Museum Mile to the High Line, many of the city’s major cultural institutions are in the midst of costly real estate or strategic projects this year. That means arts fundraisers must polish their pitches, woo patrons with creative naming opportunities—your family name on the passenger drop-off area!—and target the next generation of donors.

  • Major Gifts Drive Campaign to Best Autumn Ever

    Date: 12/29/2014
    December 20, 2014

    The season just ending was the most successful autumn ever for The Campaign for SDSU.

    With $18.25 million raised since the fall began, the campaign has reached $545 million of its $750-million goal.

    SDSU has now received 105 gifts of $1 million or more, and several of these recent large gifts are the second or third from donors.

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  • Los Angeles Philharmonic receiving $20-million gift from David Bohnett

    Date: 12/12/2014
    By David Ng

    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..

  • Historic $130 million gift from the Rogers family to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

    Date: 11/28/2014

    On November 20, 2014, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto (U of T) announced the creation of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (the Centre) funded by an unprecedented donation of $130 million from the Rogers family – the largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health care initiative. The donation will be matched with $139 million in additional funds combined from SickKids, UHN, and U of T for a total investment of $269 million.

  • Why a reclusive billionaire decided to give $500 million in art to L.A. museum

    Date: 11/14/2014
    By David Ng, Suzanne Muchnic

    A junior talent agent at MCA a half-century ago, Jerry Perenchio was assigned to accompany British actor Charles Laughton as he toured the U.S. giving staged theatrical readings.

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  • Smithsonian Announces $1.5 Billion Fundraising Campaign

    Date: 10/21/2014
    Published October 20, 2014

    The Smithsonian today announced plans to raise $1.5 billion in its first organization-wide fundraising campaign, the largest in history for a cultural institution.

    The early or “quiet” phase of the campaign began in October 2010; the campaign will continue through 2017. The Smithsonian has raised more than $1 billion, or two-thirds of its overall goal, through gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations and other donors.

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  • Shidler ups University of Hawaii business school gift to $100M

    Date: 10/20/2014

    Pacific Business News
    Reported by Duane Shimogawa
    October 17, 2014

    Hawaii real estate mogul Jay Shidler is quadrupling his gift to the University of Hawaii business school that bears his name, increasing his initial $25 million gift to a total of $100 million, the largest gift ever from a single donor, university officials said Friday.

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  • Boeing donates $3 million to Field Museum

    Date: 10/09/2014

    Crain's (
    Reported by Shia Kapos

    Boeing Co. has donated $3 million to the Field Museum to continue conservation efforts in the Chicago area -- and as far away as the Amazon River and eastern Andes mountains.

    “We are proud to present this gift, which advances our mutual interests in improving quality of life in our communities and supporting global environmental protection and preservation,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO James McNerney Jr. in a press release announcing the gift. He is a Field trustee.

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  • UA's $50 million donation one of largest in school history

    Date: 09/22/2014
    Reported by Anne Ryman
    September 19, 2014

    A philanthropist who died earlier this year is leaving the University of Arizona $50 million, one of the largest single gifts in school history.

    The donation from the estate of Agnese Nelms Haury pushes the university's $1.5 billion fund-raising campaign past the $1 billion mark.

    UA President Ann Weaver Hart called Haury's contributions extremely valuable to the university and the world.

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  • Dolby Labs founder's legacy: helping dementia patients

    Date: 09/22/2014
    Reported by Stephanie M. Lee

    September 18, 2014

    A year after the death of Ray Dolby, the pioneering sound engineer in San Francisco who struggled with Alzheimer's disease, his family has revealed that they hope to help patients like him by giving $21 million to the California Pacific Medical Center.

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