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Q&A with Teagle Foundation Prez Judith Shapiro

Q&A with Teagle Foundation Prez Judith Shapiro | SCUP Links |

It is clear that foundations are approaching philanthropy differently by shifting from being grantmaking organizations to being leadership organizations attempting to wield their financial power to influence public policy and act as catalysts for change. With foundations’ growing influence over policymaking and consolidation changing the center of gravity, discomfort in academe may be intensifying, with some higher education leadership asserting that they themselves are in the best position to come up with solutions to higher education shortcomings.

Shapiro sees a broad mandate in her current role to lead efforts in “advancing the well-being and general good of mankind throughout the world" by focusing on "institutions of higher learning and research." Shapiro brings her insights and perspectives on the intersection of private philanthropy and higher education and shares her thoughts on the nature of strategic philanthropy, how foundations can be catalysts for change and how foundations are influencing and shaping the future direction of higher education.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"In terms of the scope of mega-foundations today, I quote Michael McPherson, the president of the Spencer Foundation as describing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the only foundation visible from space."

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Wooing a New Generation of Museum Patrons

Wooing a New Generation of Museum Patrons | SCUP Links |
Museums are preparing for the eventual passing of the baton from the baby boom generation, which has long been the lifeblood of giving and boardroom leadership.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

These are the wealthy ones, but even they think and may behave very different as they mature. And it's not just museums.

Generational change is always occurring as new blood takes the place of the old. But as the boomers’ children take over, there is concern among administrators and trustees that millennials are not poised to meet the financial and leadership demands of increasingly complex — and expensive — museums.

“We’re not just talking about replacing one generation with another generation,” said Kaywin Feldman, director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. “We’re talking about a new generation that behaves so differently than the last one.”

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