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October 30, 2015

Detroit Foundation Leader Tapped to Head Ralph Wilson Fund

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, which grew into a $1.2-billion fund last year with a bequest from its late namesake, has named veteran Detroit nonprofit executive David O. Egner as its president, The Detroit News reports.

Mr. Egner, 53, has more than a quarter-century of nonprofit experience and has served since 1997 as president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation in Detroit. He is also executive director of the New Economy Initiative, a $135-million collaborative working to boost economic growth in southeast Michigan. "We feel he is the perfect person from the job," said Mary Wilson, Ralph Wilson Jr.'s widow. "He's worked with small foundations and collaborated to create a bigger one."

Mr. Wilson, a Detroit native and longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills who died in March 2014, directed that most of the windfall from his estate's sale of the football team go to the foundation and be spent down in 20 years. Its grant making will focus on the Detroit and Buffalo metropolitan areas.