Oct 14, 2009, 8:33 AM
Post #542 of 1018
I thought I read an article somewhere about UW-Seattle having a potential big donor who wants to leave $$$ to help build an upper echelon MFA program. There was a catch that the $$$ would not be available until the donor died, or something like that. Unless I read the article wrong, I find it specious. If some rich cat wanted to indeed donate big $$$, he/she doesn't have to wait till death. They can set up a trust NOW.
The article was a Q&A among several MFA directors.
Did I imagine this?
This woman lives in my area. She has endowed an arts center in the wealthy (and small -- in population and in geographic area) school district where I lived when I was in high school (I went to the Catholic high school) -- the strings she attached to the donation (the exact location where it would be built, what it would look like, what it will be used for, etc.) have caused not a few problems. Ground has been broken and the center is under construction (I haven't been over there in several months -- I see a trip that way coming today!). The site is unsuitable for the purpose (even if the purpose were a really good one, which I think it is not, really), and conditions mean that an alley had to be closed, cutting some homeowners off from their garages (that is, they can't use the alley to get their cars into their detached garages, and there is no street parking in the front of their houses).
I'm usually not this blunt about local issues -- that is, I can damn with criticism somebody like Sarah Palin, who is an iconic public figure far distant from my direct experience, but hesitate to say anything about somebody I could potentially meet in the supermarket) -- but I think the donation is well-meant but poorly-thought-out, a sentimental indulgence of long-ago feel-good memories.
I don't know what implications this donor's mindset has for the money intended for the UW writing program.
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