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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.