August 1, 2018
The Philanthropic Trends Digest
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Anonymous giving is in many cases the best way to give.  Over the past 22 years, this is the way Susan Unterberg has been giving $5.5 million to other female artists who are under-recognized.

Ms. Unterberg's anonymous gifts have been given to female artists over the age of 40 because she was once one herself.  The grant program is called Anonymous Was a Woman which is a reference to Virginia Wolff's "A Room of One's Own, which paid tribute to female artists in history who signed their paintings "Anonymous" so that their work would be taken seriously.  Susan Unterberg was once a female artist over 40 whose artistic work was unrecognized.

Turning 77 this month, Ms. Unterberg feels, "It's a great time for women to speak up.  I feel I can be a better advocate having my own voice."  She thinks it is a great time for her to argue on behalf of women who are artists to demonstrate the importance of women supporting women and inspiring other philanthropists.

Many female artists have received the $25,000 grans including Louise Lawley, Tania Bruguera, Carole Schnecman, and Mickalene Thomas.  These women and others have had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Goggenheim Museum and the Venice Biennaler.

Ms. Unterberg sums it all up in these words, "I'm eager for the grant to become better known.  Women have been anonymous for far too long."  After supporting 220 female artists, it is time for this donor-artist to come out in the open.
 
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Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times, July 21, 2018, p.C1 
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"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. - - Francis Maitland Balfour
GIFTS GIVEN TO EXPAND MCDONALD HOUSE - - Benefactors have stepped forward to launch a $11.5 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.  The new addition will be called the Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Wing in recognition of the foundation's $1.5 million gift.  Others contributing include the Crystal Charity Ball with $1.25 million and the $1 million by the Norlth Texas Advertising Association DFW area McDonals Restaurants.  Donors who have contributed $100,000 or more include the Constantin Foundation, the Hoblitzelle Foundation, and the Rees-Jones Foundation. - - Holly Haber, The Dallas Morning News, July 16, 2018, p.4D.
HUNT GIFT OF $4.5 MILLION - - Ray Hunt and his wife, Nancy Ann, have given the lead gift of $4.5 million to the $12 million capital campaign for the building of the residential tower at the C.C. Young senior community.  This brings the campaign total to 47.6 million raised to date.  The residential tower is planned to be open by year's end.- - Holly Haber, The Dallas Morning News, July 18, 2018, p. 5D.
I.R.S. NO LONGER REQUIRES LARGE DONOR DISCLOSURE - - The government will no longer require that certain nonprofit organizations disclose to the I.R.S. the names of large donors according to the Trump Administration.  These contributions known as "dark money" will protect privacy and reduce compliance costs for nonprofits.  In Steven Mnucchin, the Treasury Secretary's, words, "Americans shouldn't be required to send the I.R.S. information that it doesn't need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the I.R.S. simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area." - -  Patricia Cohen, Kenneth P. Vogel, Jim Tankersley, The New York Times, July 18, 2018, p. A19.
JEWISH TEMPLE DONATESPEWS TO BAPTIST CHURCH - - Temple Shalom of Dallas has donated its pews to First Fellowship Baptist Church of Dallas.  This was done after the temple received a $200,000 donation from Raelaine and Paul Radniz for new pews.  The church, which doubles as a community center, needed new pews after the church was flooded after a pipe burst.  Rabbi Paley of Temple Shalom said, "The give-away is a symbol of the shared responsibility to bring people together under God's prescence no matter the religion." - - Stacy Fernandez, The Dallas Morning News, July 31, 2018, p. B1.

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