Friday, December 27, 2013

Minnesota arts groups are losing their greatest generation of donors

Twin Cities arts groups adjust to reality of fewer big patrons.

Funding the arts in the Twin Cities once took little more effort than a meal and a spiel.
“It used to be you took someone to lunch at the Minneapolis Club, told them about this great group that deserved support, and they’d write you a check,” said Ford Bell, grandson of the founder of General Mills.
But the circle of wealthy philanthropists who made up the “greatest generation” of arts giving in Minnesota is growing ever smaller. Several have died in just the past two years, including George Pillsbury, John Ordway Jr., Thomas Crosby Jr., and John and Sage Cowles.  Read more....

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