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December 12, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
In a single stroke of philanthropy, two scrupulously private L.A. art collectors have transformed the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's holdings of modern art. Janice and Henri Lazarof have given the museum 130 works by major artists, LACMA officials said this week. The gift includes 20 works by Pablo Picasso spanning 65 years, seven figurative sculptures and a painting by Alberto Giacometti, and two versions of Constantin Brancusi's signature bronze, "Bird in Space."
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December 5, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Robert O. Anderson, a legendary wildcatter and philanthropist who founded Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. and used his clout to support an array of major cultural organizations, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Harper's magazine, died Sunday at his home in Roswell, N.M. He was 90. His death was confirmed by Amy Wohlert, interim dean of the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management, which was named after the former Arco chairman and longtime New Mexico resident.
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October 30, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The Children's Museum of Los Angeles this week will announce a $10-million gift from an anonymous donor to partially fund exhibits and operational costs for a new museum under construction in Lake View Terrace, museum and city officials said Monday. "It's the largest single contribution to the museum in its history," said Cecilia Aguilera Glassman, chief executive of the museum, which was founded in 1979.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The late British supermarket tycoon Simon Sainsbury left 18 paintings worth as much as $200 million to Tate Britain and the National Gallery in a bequest that the two galleries described as the most significant in memory. The paintings, including works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Thomas Gainsborough and Francis Bacon, came from Sainsbury's private collection. He died last year at age 76. The Tate will receive 13 works and the National Gallery will receive five paintings.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Eli Broad, the L.A. businessman who has given tens of millions of dollars to cultural, educational and medical causes, was honored Wednesday with a Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, presented every two years to "families and individuals who have dedicated their private wealth to the public good and who have sustained impressive careers as philanthropists." Also receiving medals at the ceremony in Pittsburgh were the Heinz family, the Mellon family and the Tata family.
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September 10, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
UC Berkeley plans to announce today that it will receive $113 million from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to create 100 endowed faculty chairs and slow the exodus of top professors to wealthy private universities. The university and the foundation hope that the huge gift will help Berkeley retain faculty members who are sometimes wooed by private universities with offers of $100,000 pay hikes and millions of dollars in research money.
NATIONAL
August 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The chancellor of the state's higher education system says he and his family will no longer consider donating $3 million to one of its schools after negative comments in his job evaluation. Jim Rogers said he had talked to Milton Glick, president of University of Nevada, Reno, this summer about making the donation to help build a math and science center, but the talks ended after a regent questioned his integrity. "Nobody is going to call me a crook. . . .
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July 11, 2007 | From Times staff reports
UC Irvine has received a $5-million donation for the Department of Pediatrics from an anonymous Los Angeles businessman, officials said Tuesday. The endowment is the single largest contribution in the department's history, they said. Dr. Feizal Waffarn, chairman of the department, said in a news release that he "would like to establish endowed chairs for new programs ... to attract the best research talent and improve care for Orange County's children."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2007 | Mike Boehm
After opening a new $14.6-million wing in February to house the special exhibitions it considers its signature, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana has received an anonymous donation of $2 million to create an endowment to defray the costs of those exhibitions. The contribution, equal to the $2 million that Dorothy and Donald Kennedy donated to have the new wing named for themselves, launches the Bowers on an effort to build an endowment.
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