Editor’s note: At the request of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the following information was to be “embargoed” to media outlets today until 7 p.m. However, once Cheryl Hall of The Dallas Morning News posted a story (tagged “Exclusive”) containing the information well before 7, we had no choice but to follow suit. […]Read More
In the world of North Texas philanthropy and fundraising, there have been few bigger names over the past few decades than Brent Christopher and Kern Wildenthal. So, heads were set spinning this afternoon when it was announced that Christopher—president and CEO at Communities Foundation of Texas—soon would be succeeding Wildenthal as president at the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Check out the details over on D Healthcare Daily.
Insiders are scratching their heads this morning over the surprise resignation of Colleen Walker as CEO at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, less than two years after she took the post. While talk behind the scenes centers on a number of “issues” at the glitzy popular museum—it’s attracted more than 1 million visitors for three years straight—the chairman of the board of directors cited “different views” between Walker and top museum officials in a March 30 letter explaining her resignation, which will be effective June 30. We’ve asked Walker for comment, but in the meantime there are more details about the development here.
UPDATE: In a statement this morning, Walker said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished and the impact we have had in North Texas during these last two years, and look forward to working collaboratively with both the Board and my wonderful staff over the next several months to keep critical projects moving forward and to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to new leadership.”Read More
Battaglia execution postponed. The Dallas man who killed his daughters in 2001 while their mother was on the phone lives to see another day. A few hours before John Battaglia was scheduled to be executed yesterday, he won a stay from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for his attorney to go after mental incompetency claims. For now, the case will go back to trial court in Dallas.
Dallas Cowboys and WWE Divas visit kids at Scottish Rite. Cowboys including running back Darren McFadden and tight end Gavin Escobar along with WWE wrestlers lifted kids’ spirits yesterday at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. They helped them color and painted faces. This is pretty cool, especially since I was treated at Scottish Rite for three years of my childhood for scoliosis. Way to go, guys!
Last year, 78,000 people moved to DFW. This is partly due to Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JP Morgan Chase, and FedEx moving to Plano. But that’s still a big number. Collin County had the most new residents with more than 20,000, followed by Denton County with 19,000 and then Tarrant County. From mid-2014 to mid-2015, DFW boasted the second-fastest-growing population in the U.S.
Arlington man wins Texas Lottery scratch-off. Lawrence K. Barrow won $2.6 million from the Texas Lottery’s Set for Life game. The Lone Star Conoco that sold him the winning ticket is eligible to receive a $10,000 bonus.
Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. Start planning your shenanigans now.
Five nonprofits are being awarded more than $494,000 in seed funding, mentoring, and social-capital investment as the newest class of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ GroundFloor Fellows program. The program, founded in 2013 with investments from AT&T, EY, and individual donors, is a social innovation fund and “impact accelerator program” that provides support and […]Read More
Yesterday the Guardian wrote about the Cottages at Hickory Crossing, a development of 50 units of permanent supportive housing set to open in April. They’re being built by nonprofit CitySquare on a patch of land right about where interstates 30 and 45 meet.
The project is a housing-first approach to dealing with chronically homeless people who cost the county considerable money when they end up regularly at Parkland or in jail. By providing these people homes, as well as services to treat mental health issues, the hope is that both these residents and the county come out ahead:
The process of selecting tenants is under way. It began by identifying the 300 most expensive homeless people in the county, based on their cost to city services such as the health and prison systems.
“We will have 50 of the most expensive homeless persons. The average cost per person on this list of 300 to the county alone, not counting the city or nonprofit organisations, is over $40,000 a year to stay outside. We’re going to provide a gated community with security, seven day a week mental health services, really good housing – platinum LEED certified – every house has a bedroom scaled to queen-sized furniture, a living room, kitchen and a bath, a nice front porch. Less than $15,000 a year is what it costs to provide that kind of housing,” [Larry James, CitySquare CEO] says.Read More
The Dallas Business Journal this week has a piece on charitable giving across North Texas, wherein it declares which ZIP codes are the most giving when it comes to making donations to nonprofit organizations (including those of the religious and political stripe, as well as general do-gooders).
The not-so-shocking conclusion? Most of the area’s wealthiest ZIP codes are also its most charitable. Their top 10 list includes Colleyville, Southlake, University Park, Highland Park, West Plano, Preston Hollow — you know, all places where a lowly magazine editor such as myself can’t afford to buy a house.
Here’s a screenshot of their interactive map. Darker colors = more giving:Read More
Organizers of the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament hope to raise $14 million through sales this year, up from the $13.4 million that was raised last year. Net proceeds from those sales will go to support Dallas’ Momentous Institute, a nonprofit serving needy children and their family members with education and mental health programs. […]Read More
There was an item missing from yesterday’s City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Board agenda. It was briefing about a gift two philanthropic foundations, the Boone Family Foundation and the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, planned to give to the city. The gift seemed admirable enough. The foundations wanted to install markers in seven city parks that would acknowledge their history as historically segregated African-American parks. Sparked both by the redo of Uptown’s once black-only Griggs Park in 2013 and the Facing Race conference held in Dallas in 2014, the intent was to do just that: face up to this city’s racial history, acknowledge the ignominy of the past and celebrate the role these parks played in shaping this city’s African-American community.
But while the board tabled the briefing on February 4, resetting it for February 18, the briefing didn’t happen. Instead, the two artists who were commissioned by the two foundations to prepare the text for the historical markers addressed the board. They spoke of manipulation, cooption, explicit and implicit censorship on the part of the two foundations. They outlined a research process that degraded into prolonged silences, stop orders, and backroom character attacks that led to standoff between the artists and the foundations.Read More
Says the Guardian, the Dallas Cowboys cornerback is making the donation to his hometown of Flint, Michigan, in response to the ongoing water crisis there:
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint says Carr is donating $100,000 to create the Carr Cares Fund for Flint. He’s also donating $10,000 to help with replacing pipes and plumbing. The water crisis has been linked to a wide variety of health problems after the city started drawing its water from a local river to cut costs. Many residents now bathe, cook and drink with bottled water straining household budgets in a town that has already been hit hard economically.
“I am especially concerned about the children of Flint who now, because of lead poisoning, face tremendous adversity for the remainder of their lives,” Carr said in a statement.
On a related note, “said in a statement” is one of the funniest phrasings in all of journal-ese.
Anyway, good for Carr.
Besides announcing good works and bringing together some of the heaviest-hitting business people in North Texas, the monthly Second Tuesday luncheons of the local United Way’s Tocqueville Society are, in contrast to some nonprofit gatherings, as entertaining as they are informative. And today’s, held at the AT&T headquarters building in downtown Dallas, was no exception. […]Read More
Here’s a bit of art world news that may not seem to have much to do with Dallas, but may actually have a real impact on how this city’s art scene – and its public art museum – are perceived. Auction behemoth Sotheby’s announced that it is acquiring Art Agency, Partners, a boutique art advisory firm, for $85 million. One of Art Agency, Partners principals is none other than Allan Schwarztman. That’s a name that should be recognizable to anyone familiar with our local collector scene. Schwartzman has been Howard Rachofsky’s art adviser for some time, and he has been influential in shaping that collection into one of the most renowned in the world.
According to industry watchers, Sotheby’s acquisition is an attempt by the auction house to add new revenue streams to its business, particularly by expanding its role in private sales. Sotheby’s stock has been dipping, and auction results have trailed off of late. There’s also chatter of an art market bubble. That’s not surprising in light of a statement buried deep in the NYT article made by an asset manager who states plainly that “The two greatest stores of wealth internationally today — compared with gold in the past — are contemporary art and real estate.” All that equity plowing its way into the contemporary art market have led to years of record-breaking, headline-making auction events. One assumes the party can’t go on forever.
But here’s why this is all so interesting for Dallas.Read More
Art watcher Greg Allen noticed an interesting sale at a recent Christie’s auction of postwar and contemporary art. Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (L.A.), 1991 sold for a record-setting $7.7 million. If you have been to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at any point in the last few years, you probably know the work. It consists of 50 pounds of candies laid out on the floor. Part of the fun of the piece is that visitors are invited to take pieces of candy. It’s art you can touch and eat, and as a result the piece itself is static and ephemeral. The record price was, in part, an acknowledgement that it is an important work by an important artist, whose career was cut short by AIDS in 1996.
Even though Untitled (L.A.) was on view in Fort Worth for so many years, it was on loan from the Rachofsky collection. It’s that provenance that Allen finds curious.Read More
At first blush, Darren Woodson and Breana Austin wouldn’t seem to have much in common. He’s a former Dallas Cowboys star safety from Phoenix, and she’s a Dallas native who’s served since 2010 as an administrative specialist with the Texas Army National Guard. Today, though, the pair’s paths will cross when the Cowboys’ newest Ring […]Read More
Word went out yesterday to donors and stakeholders of ArtPrize Dallas that the much-touted art festival will not be coming to Dallas after all. The Grand Rapids-based art event has been exploring expansion into Dallas for about a year, an effort spearheaded locally by former Goss-Michael Foundation associate director Ariel Saldivar. In her rather lengthy letter to supporters, Saldivar accuses Dallas and its philanthropic community of not being ready for an event like ArtPrize.
“Despite the visionary understanding of our supporters, there were a few who saw the concept as threatening to the status quo,” Saldivar wrote. “The resistance was especially disappointing since ArtPrize Dallas would have had a tremendous, positive economic impact. Never the less, we made tremendous progress in this effort, and we truly believe that one day our city will be ready for such an inclusive and unique undertaking, but unfortunately, today is not that day.”
It hasn’t been the best week for ArtPrize.Read More