“Clinton Foundation includes whole family in fund-raising.” By Philip Rucker and Tom Hamburger. Washington Post. August 31, 2013.
“Clinton Foundation includes whole family in fund-raising.” By Philip Rucker and Tom Hamburger. Washington Post. August 31, 2013.
“A ‘Philanthropunk’ on Potty Humor; John Kluge Hosts His First Party for Toilet Hackers.” By Marshall Heyman. Wall Street Journal. August 6, 2013.
“A Donation Deal Goes Awry.” By Chuck Klosterman. New York Times. July 19, 2013.
“The Trouble With Kickstarter; The only thing worse than having to watch your friend’s arty movie is having to pay for it, too; the crowdfunding backlash.” By Ellen Gamerman. Wall Street Journal. June 21, 2013.
“A Fund-Raiser’s Finale.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. May 5, 2013. There are many artists at Lincoln Center. Reynold Levy, president of the performing arts center, likes to think of himself as one of them. His art is putting the arm on donors, and he is acknowledged to be one of the very best nudges in New York. “I’ve asked everyone for money,” Mr. Levy said in an interview. “They hide behind pillars when they see me.” The personal letter. The luncheon confab. The pure play to vanity. These are among Mr. Levy’s tools. The gala, he writes in his 2009 fund-raising guide, “Yours for the Asking,” gives men and women “an excuse to wear those new cuff links and display that new gown.” “To see and be seen doing some good is a form of public recognition most people cherish,” he continues. “Don’t let them tell you otherwise.” Now in the fund-raising finale to close out his 11 years at Lincoln Center, he has set out to raise more than $8 million for the annual spring gala on Thursday, which will honor him as he prepares to depart in December. The amount would be a record for a gala at Lincoln Center and among the higher sums ever raised for an event by a New York City cultural organization.
“Aiding Sobriety, a Chord at a Time.” By James C. McKinley. New York Times. April 11, 2013. It’s about 1,700 miles from Madison Square Garden to Willoughby Bay in Antigua, and it is hard to imagine two places more different than the grimy canyons of Midtown Manhattan and the pristine, windswept hills overlooking the Caribbean that are home to the Crossroads Center drug rehabilitation clinic. But this weekend the two places will be linked by Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, which raises money for this small nonprofit treatment center, which he has built into a $20 million charity over the last 15 years, largely through selling his guitars and persuading friends to do benefit concerts. Like the previous three Crossroads festivals, the two-day event at Madison Square Garden will be a celebration of blues and blues-rock guitar, anchored by Robert Cray and his band, Los Lobos and the Allman Brothers Band. The lineup includes about 30 musicians, most of them, like Mr. Clapton, masters of the electric blues: B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Lee and Jeff Beck. The gathering is daunting, even for veterans on the bill. It’s about 1,700 miles from Madison Square Garden to Willoughby Bay in Antigua, and it is hard to imagine two places more different than the grimy canyons of Midtown Manhattan and the pristine, windswept hills overlooking the Caribbean that are home to the Crossroads Center drug rehabilitation clinic. But this weekend the two places will be linked by Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, which raises money for this small nonprofit treatment center, which he has built into a $20 million charity over the last 15 years, largely through selling his guitars and persuading friends to do benefit concerts. Like the previous three Crossroads festivals, the two-day event at Madison Square Garden will be a celebration of blues and blues-rock guitar, anchored by Robert Cray and his band, Los Lobos and the Allman Brothers Band. The lineup includes about 30 musicians, most of them, like Mr. Clapton, masters of the electric blues: B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Lee and Jeff Beck. The gathering is daunting, even for veterans on the bill.
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“Christmas tree recycling a fundraising opportunity for nonprofits in Portland metro area.” By Sara Hottman. Oregonian. December 30, 2012. The Boy Scouts yelled “tree” through the icy wind each time a truck pulled up to their collection site Sunday to drop off a Christmas tree.Between donations, the boys of Troop 707 made a wind-blocking fort in the back of a large trailer where trees were stacked high, said Colby Lawson, 11. There’s all sorts of nooks and passages through the branches, he said. “It’s fun to play in the trees.” Oregon is the nation’s top Christmas tree producer and recycler. While many millions of the 7 million trees harvested each year are shipped nationally and internationally, the area’s nonprofits each year use Christmas tree recycling as a way to raise money and keep waste out of landfills, says the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Trees are biodegradable, but still produce harmful methane gas as they decompose in landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recycle your tree To find a nonprofit recycling Christmas trees near you, visit Metro’s Find a Recycler page and search “Christmas trees.” Troop 707 is one of nearly 70 organizations — including 40 Boy and Girl Scout troops — across the Portland metro area capping the holidays with a Christmas tree recycling fundraiser. They take a small fee in exchange for recycling Christmas trees as mulch, habitat, or fuel. Most groups have trees composted or mulched. Some, like Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited, collect Christmas trees each year for a coho salmon habitat enhancement project on the Necanicum River. Christmas tree recycling and mulching to raise money is a fast-growing trend nationwide, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Portland Organic Productions, a North Portland nonprofit, for the first time this year is collecting Christmas trees to turn into mulch for plantings in the neighborhood and for people in the area, said Anisha Scanlon, founder of the organization. Money raised will support the organization’s St. Johns Main Street Clean Up initiative.
“Helluva Town: Donations pour in, post-Sandy; Fundraising activities take place all over the area.” By Miriam Kreinin Souccar. Crains New York Business. November 11, 2012. Superstorm Sandy is bringing out the spirit of giving in every quarter of New York. On Nov. 12, the New York Islanders are hosting a free open skate at Nassau Coliseum, where the public can enjoy the ice—and make a donation to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief fund. The Dumbo Improvement District is holding a fundraiser on Nov. 14 at Galapagos Art Space to raise money for arts organizations and businesses in the hard-hit neighborhood. Tickets for the party start at $25. As of last Thursday, 165 had been sold. Alexandria Sica, executive director of the improvement district, said she expects to raise about $15,000. Though every penny helps, it’s just a drop in the bucket. Because of flooding, Ms. Sica estimated, the neighborhood’s businesses and arts groups have sustained around $1.5 million in losses. “I don’t think anyone ever imagined this amount of damage,” she said. “This is the worst thing that has ever happened to our neighborhood.” Events have been popping up on a daily basis. Last week, some 40 Williamsburg restaurants participated in a fundraising night where they gave about 20% of their proceeds to the Red Cross. The Jazz Foundation of America sponsored a benefit concert last Thursday to raise money for jazz musicians who have been affected. Nonprofits are even helping other nonprofits. On Nov. 18, the Queens Museum of Art is hosting a fundraiser to bring in donations for the Rockaway Waterfront.
“River To River floats fundraising effort;The free festival is asking individual donors to help the cause.” By Miriam Kreinin Souccar. Crain’s New York Business. June 8, 2012. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is starting a new initiative to find individual donors for the massive River To River Festival held downtown each summer. The festival, which debuted in 2002 as a way to re-energize lower Manhattan after Sept. 11, has a $2 million budget that is funded by the government and corporate sponsors like American Express and Century 21. This year, the council launched a $25,000 fundraising campaign to attract individual donors. It has already raised 95% of the funds from 144 donors. The nonprofit intends to increase the size of the campaign next year, which would help reduce its reliance on corporate funders. “River To River engages more than 100,000 loyal, excited, and diverse audience members and receives significant support from corporations, foundations and government agencies,” said Nicola Salvage, the cultural council’s marketing director. “[We] felt it was important to engage individuals in supporting the festival as well.” The festival, which provides free entertainment and runs from June 17 to July 15 at a variety of downtown venues, will feature nearly 100 artists this season. They include the Philip Glass Ensemble, Eddie Palmieri and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. The festival also has a number of other programs such as model boat making workshops at the South Street Seaport museum. The cultural council last year took over as the lead producer of the festival from the Alliance for Downtown New York.
“N.J. Symphony Orchestra Closes Fund Campaign.” By Matthew Oshinsky. Wall Street Journal. June 11, 2012. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Monday announced that it was closing its NJSO Comprehensive Campaign fundraising initiative, with the program having raised $35 million in support of the group, exceeding its $32 million goal. The campaign, launched in October 2010, was the NJSO’s effort to “invest in world-class orchestral concerts, reach nearly 250,000 patrons each year and contribute to the culture of New Jersey,” according to a statement released by the orchestra. It included annual support and major gifts to secure the future of the orchestra, providing needed operating funds. Among other gifts, the campaign—which formally closes at the end of the fiscal year on June 30—received gifts from, among other bodies, 43 individual households.
“The three and a half years this campaign spanned have been among the most challenging economic times our country has faced,” said the NJSO’s president and CEO, André Gremillet. “In a time when other nonprofits have had to suspend or postpone major campaigns, the NJSO has not only met but also exceeded its goal. This extraordinary generosity speaks to the deep connections our patrons have with the Orchestra, and it recognizes the essential role that the NJSO plays as a major cultural institution in this state.” In lieu of a single performance home, the NJSO travels to seven different venues around the state.
“Fundraising By Text Message.” By Peter Overby. Morning Edition/National Public Radio. June 11, 2012. If you’ve ever felt a sudden urge to give money to a politician but you just couldn’t get to your checkbook or your computer in time, well, the Federal Election Commission is getting ready to help. The Commission today might approve a proposal to allow contributions via mobile phone. Contributions by text message have done very well for some charities. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross used texting to raise $32 million in donations of $10 each, so this may be the technology that makes impulse giving easy in politics. The idea’s been around for two years. The main hang-up, federal law sets deadlines for processing campaign contributions and it takes longer than that to get mobile contributions through the billing cycle of wireless providers. There’s going to be a fix for that. The Obama and Romney campaigns have both endorsed the proposal, not that it will come cheap. The processing fee will likely be 20 to 25 percent of the contribution. So that five dollars you give to your favorite candidate might be only 3.75 or four bucks by the time the campaign gets it. That’s an undeniably tough nut. Still, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that what the relocation and Gehry plans have in common is the delusion that in museums, architecture is destiny. Ever since the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened a satellite in Bilbao, Spain, in 1997 designed by Mr. Gehry, museum boards around the U.S. have come to believe that all will be well if they can just hitch their wagons to a starchitect. Never mind that some museums have faltered after opening a flashy new building, most notably the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Yet success, defined as building audiences, attracting support and making your institution part of the conversation, comes not through architecture but programming, primarily exhibitions and acquisitions. And this is where the Corcoran has fallen down.