Musicians at Struggling Memphis Symphony Take 38% Pay Cut

Memphis Symphony Orchestra musicians agreed Monday to take a one-year, 38-percent pay hit to help the strapped organization balance its budget, WALB television and The Commercial Appeal report.

Roland Valliere, the symphony’s president and CEO, said it required “emergency measures” after spending down its reserve fund, which once topped $6-million, to cover persistent operating deficits. He said the organization is working to expand its donor base. The symphony was able to complete its 2013-14 s…

Outlook Brightens for Once-Bankrupt Philadelphia Orchestra

Two years after exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Philadelphia Orchestra is reporting upswings in several key financial indicators, including double-digit gains in donations and ticket sales, writes The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The orchestra has paid off obligations associated with its bankruptcy settlement and run a modest budget surplus in the fiscal year that ended August 31, thanks largely to a transformation fund that has raised $69-million in the past five years to plug gaps between income …

Smithsonian Goes Public With $1.5-Billion Campaign

The Smithsonian Institution has opened the public phase of a $1.5-billion fundraising effort after quietly bringing in more than $1-billion in the first three years of the campaign, The Washington Post reports. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough announced the campaign, the first of its kind in the national museum complex’s 168-year history, at a Board of Regents meeting Monday.

Smithsonian officials set a goal of collecting the remaining $500-million by 2017. The campaign drew 60,000 donors duri…

Flush Central Park Nonprofit Spreads Wealth Around New York

The Central Park Conservancy, the well-endowed nonprofit that operates New York’s most famous park, has launched a program to lend maintenance staff and expertise to green spaces throughout the city, writes The New York Times. The Five Borough Crew effort will send gardening teams to 10 parks and is funded by a $1.6-million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has called on wealthy conservancies to help neglected parks and has said he expects them to “play a major rol…

Ex-Charity Head Accused of $3.8-Million Theft Faces Federal Inquiry

The former head of a Maine social-service nonprofit accused in a civil lawsuit of stealing $3.8-million from the organization is also the target of a federal investigation, according to the Bangor Daily News. A lawyer for Russell Brace, former board president of United Mid-Coast Charities, said in court filing Monday that he was told by a federal prosecutor of the criminal inquiry.

The Camden, Me., charity filed suit earlier this month against Mr. Brace, alleging that over 13 years he deposited …

New Beginning Sought for Embattled N.Y. Community Center

The New York Times reports on efforts to turn around Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, which has struggled to survive in an area that has grown affluent since the facility opened in 1948.

The nonprofit center occupies Upper West Side space between Lincoln Center and a string of condominiums, across the street from the city-run Amsterdam Houses, whose working-class residents it was built to serve. When Mary B. Mulvihill was hired as executive director two years ago, it was $390,000 …

Couple Gives $35-Million for Scholarships at U. of Redlands

A California couple has donated $35-million to create a scholarship fund at their alma mater, the University of Redlands, reports the Redlands Daily Facts. The gift from Richard and Virginia Hunsaker will aid students entering the College of Arts and Sciences at the campus outside Los Angeles.

The Hunsakers graduated from the University of Redlands in 1952. Mr. Hunsaker went on to a career in real estate and founded Hunsaker Management, which oversees industrial and commercial properties in Sout…

Finance Mogul Cohen Gives $20-Million to Conn. Hospital

Hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and his wife, Alexandra, have donated $20-million to establish a center for pediatric care at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, the Stamford Daily Voice reports. The Cohen Children’s Institute will bring together all pediatric services at the hospital, including an emergency services and trauma program for children.

The funds will come from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. Mr. Cohen is the founder of Stamford-based SAC Capitol Advisors.

Komen Chief Says Cancer Charity Is Targeting Younger Donors

Judith A. Salerno, chief executive of Susan G. Komen, tells The Wall Street Journal that the organization is focused on attracting a new generation of supporters as the breast-cancer movement reaches what she calls its “middle age.”

“There’s so much we need to do in bringing the younger generation in,” said Dr. Salerno, an internal-medicine physician who took the reins at Komen last year. “What that fundraising looks like isn’t completely worked out in our mind, but we are doing a lot of resea…

Shift From Outdoor Pursuits Fuels Debate Within Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts’ international convention in Salt Lake City last week saw Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. debating its place in a changing world and reaffirming a commitment to outdoor activities that many scouting enthusiasts said had waned in recent years, writes The New York Times.

Grass-roots scouting activists have pushed back against a decade of changes by the venerable youth organization as it sought to stem a membership decline and remain relevant for 21st-century girls. Much of the criticism …