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The Contemporary Art Museum hopes to raise $12 million in its latest fundraising campaign. The money would support the museum's endowment, capital improvements and educational programs.
Helene Binet | Contemporary Art Museum

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis plans to secure its long-term future, boost artist support and add services through a $12 million fundraising campaign.

The fundraising initiative already has raised $9.7 million from large donations, including $5 million from Emily Rauh Pulitzer.

Other notable contributors include the Centene Charitable Foundation, the Neidorff Challenge and philanthropists John and Alison Ferring.

Katie Lefton, who studies neuronal networks, adjusts a yogi's pose in Forest Park during scientists' 'Active for AD' fundraiser on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Sarah Fentem | St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday was the summer solstice, and the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association marked the occasion with a 24-hour fundraising blitz.

The organization’s Longest Day fundraiser is a national event that collects money to research the disease as well as support patients and their caregivers. Friends and family conduct sponsored activities such as bike rides, bowling tournaments and even drag shows.

An archway entrance to Saint Louis University
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Would you pay a few thousand bucks to sit on the bench during a Saint Louis University basketball game as an honorary coach? Or be willing to round all your university purchases up to the next dollar and turn the difference into a donation instead of pocket change?

Those are just a couple of the hundreds of ideas submitted to a program called GrowingSLU, an effort to bolster the university through programs, academic or not, that contribute to both its mission and its bottom line.

Members of Blank Generation play Marquette Pool opening this summer. The group headlined a Play for the Cause show at Off Broadway yesterday.
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis nonprofit called Playing for the Cause is trying to connect philanthropic musicians and their fans to causes they care about. Lynn Cook founded the organization on one simple idea.

“If you have 3,000 happy people in front of you every night, all you have to do is ask and of course they’re going to support you,” said Cook.

Henry Biggs
Courtesy of Henry Biggs

Henry Biggs, an entrepreneur and former dean at Washington University in St. Louis, had a big goal in mind that involved a 27-mile swim for a good cause.

On July 15, Biggs swam around Manhattan to raise funds for educational and mentoring initiatives in Ferguson.

Urb Arts Races To Raise $72,000 In 72 Hours For New Arts Center

Dec 26, 2014
Urb Arts fundraising poster
Courtesy of Urb Arts

Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development known as Urb Arts, a community arts organization, hopes to raise $72,000 in 72 hours. Founder MK Stallings said the money will fund the organization's purchase of a building in north St. Louis to remake as a new arts center.

“A professional performing arts center for community artists would elevate, I would say, the game for a lot of community artists in St. Louis,” said Stallings, the administrative and creative force behind Urb Arts.

St. Louis Art Museum Builds $5 Million Sculpture Garden

Dec 10, 2014
St. Louis Art Museum East Building
Jacob Sharp/Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems

St. Louis Art Museum board member Barbara Taylor and her husband Andrew Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., recently donated $5 million dollars for a new sculpture garden at the museum. Carl Ham, head of development for the museum, praised the Taylors for their foresight and said the gift would fund both construction and an endowment for maintenance.

“It’s the rare exception and real benefit to organizations when people like the Taylors make a gift that makes possible both,” Ham said.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Miles Davis once said, “Always look ahead, but never look back.” Yet some Alton residents believe looking back is a matter of pride.

The Miles Davis Memorial Project maintains a varied fundraising approach in its effort to erect a statue in Davis’ honor. The group has held events, started Indiegogo campaigns and gathered donations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 15, 2013 - U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner has been in office less than a year, but she already is displaying the fundraising expertise that caught fellow Republicans’ attention when she chaired the Missouri GOP in the late 1990s and served as co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

The latest campaign finance report filed today by Wagner, R-Ballwin, shows that she has raised: $258,115 since July 1 and spent only $110,211.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 20, 2012 - For about three weeks this spring, Kaylen Wissinger found herself checking the internet quite regularly.

Well, maybe even a bit more than regularly. “I watched it like a hawk for the 23 days it was active,” laughed the talkative owner of Farm Fresh Cupcakes while taking a break from doing dishes. “It kind of consumed my life.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 27, 2012 - Opera Theater St. Louis’ ability to attract attendees from 45 states and 11 countries is a prime example of how the arts mean business in St. Louis. Out-of-town and local opera lovers, and devotees of St. Louis’ other leading arts institutions patronize not only the arts but spend money in local restaurants, hotels and retail stores.

The financial importance of the local arts scene was recently illustrated in a new Regional Arts Commission report funded by Wells Fargo Advisors. According to the study, arts and cultural institutions pumped more than $582 million into the local economy in 2010. That’s a 4 percent jump compared to 2007.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has more than a year before the city's 2013 elections, but he already has accumulated a huge bankroll -- $823,887 -- that could discourage any potential challengers to his expected bid for a fourth term.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appears to have outraised every other major politician in the state, Democrat or Republican, by collecting $1.5 million during the past three months.

This article first appeared in the St. Louos Beacon, Oct. 17, 2011 - Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, is reporting $1.54 million in the bank after a strong fundraising quarter that saw him collect $595,679 for his campaign to become the state's next lieutenant governor.

Tilley's total for the last three months is greater than his party's contenders for governor or U.S. Senate -- a fact that could potentially increase pressure on the speaker to consider elevating his aspirations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2011 - Amid uncertainty about the composition of their turf, incumbent state senators in St. Louis County continued to bring in sizable hauls for their expected re-election bids.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2011 - A central Missouri state senator tossed in a six-figure personal loan toward his bid to win the Republican nomination for secretary of state, as candidates in both parties seek to raise cash and their profiles. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 22, 2011 - Republican organizers for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's private fundraiser Tuesday night say that the gathering attracted about 500 people, representing the largest non-presidential fundraising event ever held at Hunter Farms, the west St. Louis County estate of former Ambassador (and Hunter Engineering chief) Stephen and Kimmy Brauer.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 14, 2010 - If you poke too hard at what motivates grown men and women to put on too-tight jerseys and to run or to ride bicycles great distances in charity-a-thons, you have to realize that, in all fairness, participation is not all eleemosynary.

Besides desires to help out a school or a lab or a library or church or hospital, there lurk demons in our motivational architecture: desires to please somebody; wanting to look good in the eyes of our peers; wanting to mollify the boss.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2010 - The White House announced this afternoon that President Barack Obama will be mixing policy with politics while he is in town next week.

The president is slated to deliver a speech here Wednesday on health care, although no further details were given on the time or the place. (He also is to make a health care address next week in Philadelphia.)

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Sun. Nov. 9 - The 2008 election marks the year that digital politics finally achieved its full potential. For many political junkies, the Web, with its constant stream of election information and interactivity, was the best place to follow the campaign. Furthermore, the election marked the convergence of the old broadcast media and the new Web-based media. As more than one commentator has noted, in 2008, the old divisions, e.g., online vs. off, pop culture vs. civic culture, have been blurred to the point of disappearance.