Solar Storm Could Play Havoc With Modern Technology; How to Raise a Billion Dollars; The Hottest Pepper in the World: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: The largest solar storm in five years is battering the earth today with particles traveling at four million miles per hour, and the potential to shake the planet’s magnetic field, disrupt utility grids & satellite networks, and make GPS less accurate. The storm could also trigger communication problems and additional radiation around the north […]

Speed Museum Takes Capital Campaign Public

The public phase of the Speed Art Museum’s capital campaign has begun. The five-year campaign to pay for a second museum building began silently in 2007. Since then, the Speed has raised $42.5 million, which is on track with the campaign schedule. Much of the current sum was raised through large donations. But now the […]

Venable Discusses Stolen Art, Speed Fundraising

A stolen Italian painting that’s been in the Speed Museum’s collection for nearly 40 years is now on display in Louisville for the last time. The Speed purchased the piece in 1973 for $38,000, and museum officials didn’t know it was stolen until a few months ago. The Speed worked with the U.S. and Italian […]

Barzun Leaving Diplomatic Post to Oversee Obama Fundraising

Stepping down as the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Louisville technology entrepreneur Matthew Barzun will be President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign finance chair. Political observers have estimated Mr. Obama’s bid in 2012 could be the first to raise $1 billion, and plucking a finance guru like Barzun is a sign that’s a serious goal. From the Boston […]

Murphy Says Fund Campaigns Will Not Be Hurt by Cowen’s Retirement

In a statement Monday, board chair Ron Murphy praised Cowen’s management of successful fundraising campaigns, and Tuesday, he said interim president Barbara Sexton Smith will be capable of taking over.

“The campaign is institutionalized at this point,” he says. “The running of the campaign over the last number of years, Barbara has really driven it. Allen has been involved in more niche arrangements and thinking and strategy discussions. It’s pretty well been run by the staff.”

Zoo Meets Goal For Glacier Run Fundraising

The Louisville Zoo’s fundraising campaign for the Glacier Run exhibit is over, thanks to last-minute donations that helped secure a matching grant.

In the fall of 2008, the Kresge Foundation promised to donate $900 thousand if the zoo could raise about $8 million by the end of this year.