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October 06, 2016

Daily News Roundup: 32-Year Juilliard Leader Stepping Down

Longtime Juilliard School President Announces 2018 Departure: Joseph Polisi, who took the helm at the prestigious New York City conservatory in 1984 and guided expansive growth in its programs and financial resources, said he will leave office in June 2018, The New York Times reports. Credited as a prodigious fundraiser, Mr. Polisi built the school’s endowment from $63 million to $930 million. The search for a successor will be led by Bruce Kovner, chairman of Juilliard’s Board of Trustees and a major donor.

Aid Charity’s D.C. “Camp” Aims to Show Americans Refugee Experience: NPR reports on Doctors Without Borders’ interactive touring exhibition “Forced From Home,” which re-creates a refugee camp on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Visitors receive ID cards from one of five countries — Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, South Sudan, or Syria — and a tour of makeshift facilities typical of those in which tens of millions of displaced people live. The exhibition, which launched in New York, runs in Washington through Sunday then goes to Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Michelle Obama Moves to Preserve White House Garden: With help from seed producer Burpee, the first lady is taking steps to ensure the vegetable patch that became a symbol of her campaign to promote healthier lifestyles for children continues into the next administration, writes the Associated Press. Ms. Obama announced a $2.5 million donation from the W. Atlee Burpee Company and its foundation Wednesday at the dedication of an expansion of the garden she planted in 2009. The gift will go to the National Park Service for long-term care of the garden, which the first lady called “my baby.” Read a Chronicle article about Ms. Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and anticipated post-White House advocacy.

Streaming Pioneer Turns Tech Savvy to Fundraising Platforms: CNBC profiles Todd Wagner, the billionaire founder of online-fundraising company the Charity Network. Mr. Wagner built his fortune at Broadcast.com, a pioneer in streaming audio and video, which he founded with Mark Cuban in the mid-1990s and later sold to Yahoo. The Charity Network’s three platforms, Charitybuzz, Prizeo, and Chideo, aim to help organizations raise money through auctions, sweepstakes, and video, respectively. Mr. Wagner said his goal is to shift fundraising “from a very analog way of doing things to a digital way of doing things,” as Amazon did for retail. See a Chronicle special report on online-fundraising tactics and success stories.

Big Gifts Back Design at U. of Illinois and Eye Care at U. of Texas: The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation donated $25 million to the University of Illinois to establish the Siebel Center for Design, envisioned as a hub for innovative projects in technology, health, and other fields, reports The News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana. Thomas Siebel, an Illini alumnus, founded software company Siebel Systems and gave his alma mater $100 million in 2007. Father-and-son Austin ophthalmologists Mitchel and Shannon Wong pledged $20 million to the University of Texas’s Dell Medical School to create a new center for vision care, the Austin American-Statesman writes. The Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute will provide medical and surgical eye care, ophthalmological training, and research on improving and preserving vision.