Weekly News Recap: September 30, 2016

Aquariums attract millions of visitors per year. Directors say that's why it's so important they educate the public as well as entertain. (floridatoursim)

Philanthropic personalities


  • How Did This Huge Gift Break Three of Art Philanthropy's Most Basic Rules? This article refers to the Albright-Knox gift mentioned later in this recap. It is a fascinating look at a campaign that has raised $103 million in 12 weeks. Jeffrey Gundlach stated: "I tend to do things, not with teaspoons, but to try to make a difference," he said. "Let’s say I gave $42.5 million to the Met—you wouldn’t be able to find it with a microscope." (9/26/16)

  • Story behind Virginia church's $1 million donation to African American museum Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia is a founding donor for the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The church is committing $1 million in donations to the museum. (9/23/16)



Life and career hacks

Philanthropic controversy

  • The Troubling Oil Money Behind Dartmouth’s New Energy Institute It is not often that we get a big controversy around philanthropy in Canada. This one deals with the $80 million contribution from Irving Oil to support Dartmouth College's Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. Irving Oil and the Irving Family are deeply entrenched with and connected to the problems the institute hopes to solve. CANADIAN STORY (9/23/16)

Trends and shifts

Large gifts

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