Anyone who has worked in the arts, and any non-profit for that matter, will be well equipped with stories about donors.
Jennifer Steinhauer’s Wielding Iron Checkbook to Shape Cultural Landscape from the New York Times investigates the reach of Los Angeles’ Eli Broad. His gifts to LACMA, his support of the Disney Center, and his backing of Jeffery Deitch are all well documented. The article approaches both sides without bias. In the end, we can question what LA would be without Broad. But, we can also wonder if his gifts (or those of any previous mega-philanthropist) come to hinder institutional growth.
Read Steinhauer’s piece here.