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Who’s Backing the Move?

The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Annenberg Foundation, and The Lenfest Foundation are the philanthropic entities promoting the move of the Barnes art collection from its home in Merion to a site in Philadelphia a mere five miles away at enormous public and private cost.  According to “Behind the Barnes Bonanza,” by David D’Arcy, “The three charities underwrote the Barnes Foundation lawsuit to overturn Albert C. Barnes’ indenture…” and were “also paying the foundation’s expenses.” 

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced in a press release on May 15, 2006 that 65 donors had made pledges toward the planned move of the art collection of Albert Barnes from Merion to Philadelphia.  Dollar amounts are listed for those pledging $10 million or more.

Annenberg Foundation ($30 million)***

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ($25 million)**

Pew Charitable Trusts ($20 million)

Lenfest Foundation ($15 million).

Neubauer Family Foundation ($10 million).  (Joseph Neubauer* is a member of the Barnes Board of Trustees)

William Penn Foundation ($10 million).

City of Philadelphia (land donation).

Also contributing:

Anonymous (3).

Jacqueline F. Allen*

Gisela and Dennis Alter.

Aramark Charitable Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

Arcadia Foundation.

Arkema Inc. Foundation.

Stephanie K. Bell-Rose*

Binswanger Foundation.

Blank Rome L.L.P.

Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz*

CIGNA Corporation

Comcast Corporation

Connelly Foundation

Delaware River Port Authority

Dilworth Paxson L.L.P.

Harold E. Doley Jr.*

Duane Morris L.L.P.

Andre V. Duggin*

Exelon Corporation

Glenmede Trust Company

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Agnes Gund *and Daniel Shapiro

Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust B.

Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Stephen J. Harmelin*

Lynne and Harold Honickman

Independence Blue Cross

Sidney Kimmel Foundation

Gwendolyn Stewart King* and Colbert I. King

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation

Ira M. Lubert - Quaker BioVentures

Maple Hill Foundation

David G. and Sandra G. Marshall

Robert L. McNeil Jr.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P

Pepper Hamilton L.L.P

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Perelman

PNC Foundation

Rebecca W. Rimel and Patrick Caldwell

Aileen* and Brian Roberts

Lyn and George Ross

Judith Rothschild Foundation

Robin and Mark Rubenstein

Neil L. Rudenstine*

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P.

Constance and Joseph Smukler

Sunoco Foundation

Brian P. Tierney

Bruce and Robbi Toll

Verizon Foundation

Wachovia Foundation

Bernard C. Watson*

Wilmington Trust

*Donors who are members of the Barnes Foundation Board of Trustees. 

**The pledge of $25 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania represents a portion of a $100 million appropriation of the Pennsylvania State Senate in S.B. 1213, passed in December 2002 – two years before Montgomery County Orphans’ Court granted permission for the move.  The Court was unaware of the appropriation at the time of the ruling in 2004.

***The founder of the Annenberg Foundation was the late Walter Annenberg, whose efforts to overturn the Indenture of Albert Barnes began almost immediately following Barnes’ death in 1951.


To learn more about the role played by these organizations, see the following articles:

“Behind the Barnes Bonanza,” by David D’Arcy

“The Philadelphia Story,” by Eric Gibson, a review of Art Held Hostage by John Anderson.

“The Deal of the Art” by Patricia Horn

“Another Legal Theft,” by John Anderson

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