April 4, 1991 |
The revived Pennsylvania Ballet yesterday received its first challenge grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, a longtime supporter of the company. Under the terms of the $500,000 grant, announced at a news conference, the ballet must raise $800,000 from other sources by July 31 to receive the Pew money. The ballet's goal is to raise $2.5 million to wipe out its operating deficit. It already has raised $1.2 million through a grass-roots save-the- ballet campaign. Christopher d'Amboise, the company's artistic director and president, called the grant "an amazing stamp of approval from the trust, and to show our gratitude to Pew and all the people who supported us, I mean to run the company well.
June 13, 2012 |
H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, fresh from the successful opening of the Barnes Foundation gallery on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - where he was a key supporter of the foundation's move from the suburbs to the city - has now focused his financial energy on building a new history museum near Independence Mall. At a news conference Tuesday, the American Revolution Center is expected to unveil New York architect Robert A.M. Stern's design for a new Museum of the American Revolution at Third and Chestnut Streets, and in support of the push for the museum, Lenfest will announce a $40 million challenge grant.
April 18, 1996 |
With new, stricter guidelines from the Pew Charitable Trusts looming, the Opera Company of Philadelphia yesterday announced a $300,000 challenge grant that the troupe says will almost entirely eliminate its accumulated deficit. The gift, from Dennis Alter, chairman of Horsham-based Advanta Corp., and his wife, Gisela, is a 3-to-1 challenge offer up to $300,000. Alter will give the Opera Company $3 for every $1 it can raise, bringing the anticipated total to $400,000. The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce yesterday announced it would be the first to meet the challenge, making a $5,000 promise.
December 20, 1996 |
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, home of some of the rarest books and manuscripts in the world. The grant, one of 26 awarded nationwide, is the largest the Rosenbach has received since its founding in 1954 by legendary book dealer A.S.W. Rosenbach, said director Stephen K. Urice. The grant is the largest of four challenge grants awarded to Pennsylvania institutions in the current round.
February 18, 1989 |
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art institution in the country, has been awarded a $600,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The academy, founded in 1805, is one of 68 cultural institutions to which a total of $19.16 million has been awarded, according to the endowment's chairman, Frank Hodsoll. The grant will be used to complete the second phase of the academy's three- phase expansion plan. The phase includes expanding endowment, now $7 million; expanding space for staff and storage; enhancing public spaces, and establishing a laboratory to conserve works on paper, said Harold A. Sorgenti, chairman of the board of trustees.
December 28, 1989 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra announced yesterday that it had received a $3 million challenge grant from the William Penn Foundation, the first gift from a major Philadelphia foundation for the proposed $95 million concert hall. "It's a very significant sign," said Peter Wyeth, director of development for the orchestra. The foundation grant, he said, gave the concert-hall project "the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. " According to a statement by Bernard C. Watson, president of the William Penn Foundation, the grant "reflects our belief that the concert hall project is an extremely important one for Philadelphia.
January 13, 2005 |
Less than two months after resolving a three-year contract agreement, the Philadelphia Orchestra has received two major grants. First came a $500,000 grant from the Presser Foundation, earmarked for education and community outreach programs. These initiatives will be phased in over the next five years, exploring music director Christoph Eschenbach's intention of "raising the invisible curtain" between musicians and the audience. A $10 million matching grant was also announced Tuesday from the Neubauer Family Foundation.
September 25, 2010
CHICAGO - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to Newark public schools in a move that could enhance his reputation just before the opening of an unflattering movie about him, The Social Network . Why Newark? "Well, Newark, is really just because I believe in these guys, right?" Zuckerberg told Oprah Winfrey on her TV show. "These guys" are Republican Gov. Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat. The three appeared together Friday on Winfrey's show.
November 13, 1987 |
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania announced yesterday that it has raised $1.17 million in pledges toward a $3.5 million renovation of its new building on 36th Street near Sansom Street. The $1.17 million, ICA officials said, is the result of pledges by each of the museum's 33 advisory board members. The museum also has received a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which must be matched by other gifts on a 4-1 basis.
June 21, 1990 |
There are "no strings as of now" attached to a $500,000 challenge grant that the People's Light & Theater Company of Malvern has received from the National Endowment for the Arts, but officials there are prepared to "accept the grant under protest" if the government restricts how the money can be spent. People's Light must raise $1.5 million in order to match the grant. But the theater company is facing a difficult decision: should People's Light adhere to the strictures placed by a Congress still caught up in the controversy that began last year when an NEA-backed photography exhibit touched off a storm of criticism and charges of obscenity.