Pa. Investigating Stalled Industrial Museum’s Finances

Pennsylvania’s attorney general has launched a probe into how leaders of the proposed National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa., used $17-million in gifts and grants to the long-planned but still unbuilt facility, writes the Allentown Morning Call.

L. Charles Marcon, the museum’s interim chief executive, confirmed on Monday that Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office has assigned an investigator to look into allegations of financial mismanagement leveled in January by a Northampto…

Foundations Drop Bid to Buy Troubled Pittsburgh Arts Center

A coalition of philanthropic groups withdrew its offer Monday to purchase Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center for African American Culture, saying the debt-ridden venue’s conservator has indicated opposition to their bid, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“Unfortunately, it is clear from her report that the receiver prefers an alternative bid that will transfer ownership of the Center’s iconic facility to a commercial enterprise,” said John Ellis, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh Foundation, re…

N.Y. Festival Highlights Growth of Video Games for Good

The New York Times reports on this week’s Games for Change Festival, which spotlights the burgeoning development of video games designed to bring about social change as well as entertain players.

The festival is a project of the 10-year-old nonprofit organization Games for Change and is being held this year in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival. It highlights projects such as Block by Block, a United Nations program that uses the popular game Minecraft for urban planning in countries aff…

Jon Huntsman Sr. Receives 2014 Simon Philanthropy Prize

Billionaire industrialist Jon M. Huntsman Sr., who has poured more than $450-million of his fortune into cancer research, has been named the 2014 recipient of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, the Deseret News reports.

The $250,000 award, payable to the charity of the winner’s choice, is bestowed by the Philanthropy Roundtable, a network of foundations and individual and corporate donors which the late Mr. Simon, a former U.S. treasury secretary, helped establish. The awar…

GAO Details White House Soliciting for Obamacare Nonprofit

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contacted the top executives at five health-related organizations, some of which her department regulates, asking for financial or other assistance to promote insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new federal report, The New York Times writes.

Ms. Sebelius, who is leaving office, sought financial support for pro-Obamacare nonprofit Enroll America from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and tax-preparation firm H&R…

White House Reaches Out to ‘Next Generation’ Philanthropists

One hundred young members of some of the country’s wealthiest families attended a White House summit late last month as part of an Obama administration effort to forge links with the next generation of billionaire philanthropists, The New York Times writes.

College-age and twenty-something heirs to the Rockefeller, Pritzker, Marriott, and other fortunes discussed action on climate change, human trafficking, urban revitalization, and other issues during the daylong, invitation-only session.

A 201…

Fox Executive Fired After Making Charity Pitch on Office Email

A veteran Fox television executive lost her job earlier this month after using her company email account for an effort to raise money for the families of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Associated Press reports.

Darlene Tipton was vice president for standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group when she was let go April 9 after nearly 25 years with the company. She had launched the fundraising effort with an email to an American woman whose boyfriend was on…

Ill. Investigates Spending by State-Funded Foster-Care Charity

Illinois officials are investigating the finances of a Chicago social-service nonprofit that has received millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, some of which auditors say has gone into a condominium, car, spa treatments, prescription medications, and other personal expenses for the charity’s founder, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Annie B. Jones Community Services, also known as ABJ, has regularly won state contracts since 1998, primarily to recruit foster parents and handle administrative matter…

Latest MoMA Expansion Adds Fuel for Critics of Museum Chief

The impending demolition of the former American Folk Art Museum Building in Manhattan to make room for the Museum of Modern Art’s growth is exacerbating longstanding criticism of MoMa leader Glenn D. Lowry, writes The New York Times.

Some artists, architects, critics, and patrons contend the latest expansion continues a trend that has seen the museum turn away from its artistic mission to embrace populist programming and corporate-style growth during Mr. Lowry’s nearly 20-year tenure. The expans…

San Diego Opera Board Shakeup Revives Survival Hopes

The San Diego Opera’s board of directors was reconstituted during a stormy meeting Thursday, and the new leadership is exploring a reorganization plan to avert the scheduled shutdown of the opera this month, U-T San Diego writes.

On Friday the new board postponed the planned closure date from April 29 to May 19 to give the opera time to raise money for a possible 2014-15 season, the newspaper also reports.

Karen Cohn, the board president who oversaw the move to close the 49-year-old company, res…