WBEZ | philanthropy http://www.wbez.org/tags/philanthropy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Museum of Contemporary Art receives $10 million http://www.wbez.org/culture/art/museum-contemporary-art-receives-10-million-97951 <p><p>The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Chicago has received a $10 million gift from two longtime supporters.</p><p>The museum announced the donation from Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson on Wednesday. A 300-seat theater in the museum will be named the Edlis Neeson Theater in their honor. Museum Board of Trustees chairwoman Mary Ittelson says Edlis and Neeson have been among the most generous supporters in the museum's history.</p><p>Edlis and Neeson are well-known collectors of modern and contemporary art and have donated works to the museum's collection by artists like Jeff Koons and Jasper Johns.</p><p>Edlis is an officer on the museum's board and has been a trustee for more than 30 years. Neeson serves on the museum's exhibition committee.</p></p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 09:30:58 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/culture/art/museum-contemporary-art-receives-10-million-97951 The art of giving: Philanthropy in the age of the Great Recession http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/art-giving-philanthropy-age-great-recession-97738 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/giving_Flickr_Mr. Kris.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A number of new studies indicate that even in our present tough economic times charitable giving remains a strong component of the American way of life: Last year Americans gave more than $290 billion to their favorite causes despite the struggling economic climate.</p><p>I explore what this means in the video below:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kQSaAr2e0y4" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p><em>Al Gini is a professor of business ethics and chair of the department of management at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the co-founder and associate editor of&nbsp;</em>Business Ethics Quarterly,<em>and the author of several books, including</em>&nbsp;My Job, My Self&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;Seeking the Truth of Things: Confessions of a (catholic) Philosopher.</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/art-giving-philanthropy-age-great-recession-97738 Department of 'duh!' The (arts) rich get richer http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-17/department-duh-arts-rich-get-richer-93159 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-14/fusing arts.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Now <a href="http://www.ncrp.org/paib/arts-culture-philanthropy">here's a shocker</a>: apparently most of the arts philanthropy in this country goes to big organizations. Who'da thunk it, huh? Who would imagine that arts funding in underserved communities, particularly communities of color, would lag behind donations to institutions serving wealthy white people?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-14/fusing arts.jpg" style="width: 441px; height: 500px;" title=""></p><p>Obviously, study authors from the Committee for Responsive Philanthropy need to keep making this point if the situation is ever to be rectified; but sometimes I think the money spent on documenting the situation in the arts would be better spent on, oh, what's that called? The arts? For, <a href="http://www.economist.com/node/12263124">as it is written</a>, "You don't fatten a hog by weighing it."</p><p>But the issue does need to be raised, because attacks on the arts as "elitist" are only valid if the only arts groups getting support are the ones preferred by the elites.&nbsp; And validating that argument should be the furthest thing from the minds of people who support the arts, whether with their creativity, their attendance or their money.</p><p>What to do about it? A word of advice from a <a href="http://nonprofiteer.net/2007/05/10/dear-nonprofiteer-with-friends-like-these/">fundraising consultant</a>-cum-theater critic (or maybe it's the other way around): Don't count the money in other people's pockets. Don't presume that your audience is too poor to donate.&nbsp;<em><u><strong>Ask them!</strong></u></em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2009/05/19/68456/americas-poor-are-its-most-generous.html">Poor people donate more generously than rich people</a>, and generous gifts to small organizations can make a huge difference.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-17/department-duh-arts-rich-get-richer-93159 Mission #77: Save the world by drawing a cherry http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-06-13/mission-77-save-world-drawing-cherry-87775 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Mission #77 begins with this video:</p><p>&nbsp;<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="312" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uuRVumPuOd0" width="500"></iframe></p><p>So here's how <strong>Mission Cherry Tee/Charity</strong> plays out...</p><p>1. &nbsp;Draw a cherry. &nbsp;Or draw a bunch of cherries. &nbsp;That's right, get out your box of crayons or watercolors or markers or pastels or any medium of your choice, and simply draw a cherry/cherries. &nbsp;Have fun! &nbsp;Get the kids involved! &nbsp;Get your office involved! &nbsp;Get coloring!</p><p>2. &nbsp; Scan and email it to me as a jpg or pdf at missamykr at yahoo dot com.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-13/cherries.jpeg" style="width: 296px; height: 248px; margin: 7px; float: right;" title="">3. &nbsp; I will then create a line of <strong>Cherry Tee T-shirts </strong>with as many of the different drawings as possible. I will do this via CafePress and Spreadshirt, two print-on-demand companies I've worked with that create good quality t-shirts. You'll be able to order the shirts directly through their sites.</p><p>4. &nbsp; <strong>100% of the profits will go to charity</strong>. &nbsp;Not 98%. &nbsp;Not 99%. &nbsp;100%.</p><p>5. &nbsp; In terms of which charity or charities, please feel free to suggest one now in the comment section (nothing political please). &nbsp;I'm presently thinking Make-A-Wish Foundation and ScholarMatch.&nbsp;</p><p>I always loved Erma Bombeck's book <em>If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?</em>&nbsp; (You too?) &nbsp;So let's harness and harvest those cherries to help create a more fruitful life for those in need.</p><p><u><strong>Mission Updates</strong></u></p><p>First, quick update on<strong> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-05-23/mission-74-princess-and-little-pea-86914">Mission #74 Princess and (Little) Pea</a></strong>: &nbsp;we now have our adventurous team of "book hiders" (from about 20 different states!) who will be hiding <em>Little Pea</em> books in mattress stores around the country THIS WEEK! I'll be getting all the photos and video in by week's end, editing the final film next week, and posting it here the week (happily ever) after.</p><p>Finally, I'm currently weaving together all of your <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-06-06/mission-76-worlds-very-first-co-mmencement-address-87472">wonderful contributions from last Monday's mission</a> to create our first ever <strong>Mission Amy KR Co-mmencement Address. </strong>&nbsp;It will be ready just in time for our Thursday Thingy.</p><p>yours,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;">* &nbsp; * &nbsp; *</p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><strong>KEY LINKS:</strong></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="amykr/2010/01/missions-accomplished-the-archive/12696" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);">Mission Archives</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Amy's Website</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mission-amy-kr/id420630232?mt=8" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Download the Mission Amy KR mobile app</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/amykr" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Subscribe to Mission Amy KR</a></p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-06-13/mission-77-save-world-drawing-cherry-87775 CHA board chairman donates stipend for scholarships http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-03/cha-board-chairman-donates-stipend-scholarships-86026 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-03/Jim Reynolds (Color Photo).JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="560" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-03/Jim-reynolds.jpg" title="Jim Reynolds (Photo courtesy of CHA) " width="400"></p><p>The chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority board of commissioners is donating his $100,000 stipend to a college scholarship fund for public housing residents.</p><p>James Reynolds is also kicking in another $25,000 of his own money to Windows of Opportunity, the CHA nonprofit, to start a special board of commissioners scholarship fund.</p><p>“I took the position as chair of the board of the CHA actually not even knowing there was a stipend attached,” Reynolds said.&nbsp; “When I found out there was a stipend, I never once thought of keeping it. I don’t need the money – I thought the best use would be to help the kids.”</p><p>Reynolds is founder and CEO of Loop Capital Markets, a Chicago-based global investment banking and brokerage firm. It’s the largest minority-owned investment banking firm in the United States.</p><p>Reynolds said he wants his contribution to help residents transition out of public housing and into self-sufficiency. The money will go toward tuition as well as ancillary costs such as travel-abroad study and transportation costs to return home.</p><p>“I think the key to our young people leaving public housing for good is education,” Reynolds said.</p><p>In the last 20 years, Windows of Opportunity has awarded more than $850,000 in college scholarships to hundreds of college-bound public housing residents.</p><p>Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Reynolds to the CHA board in August 2010. A native of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Reynolds serves on several civic boards around the city.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 21:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-03/cha-board-chairman-donates-stipend-scholarships-86026