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Who Are the Beneficiaries of Fisk University's Stieglitz Collection?


Alan Feld


Boston University - School of Law

April 29, 2011

Boston University Law Review, Vol. 91, p. 873, 2011
Boston University School of Law Working Paper No. 11-17

Abstract:     
Most fiduciary relationships determine with specificity the beneficiaries of the fiduciary's activities. Not-for-profit entities, however, serve a class of unspecified beneficiaries and can exercise discretion in determining who to serve and how to serve them. This paper explores the limits of discretion that recent litigation established for Fisk University in balancing its educational mission and its administration of a valuable art collection donated decades earlier. The paper analyzes the case as it addresses respect for donor conditions, changes in circumstance, standing issues, the doctrine of cy pres and the designation of the appropriate class of public beneficiaries. Race and geography also play contributing roles.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Art, Not-for-profit, Donor conditions, Cy pres, Trust, Estates, Fiduciary, University, Fish, Museum, nonprofit, philanthropy

JEL Classification: K11, K19, K39

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Date posted: May 1, 2011 ; Last revised: July 2, 2011

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Feld, Alan, Who Are the Beneficiaries of Fisk University's Stieglitz Collection? (April 29, 2011). Boston University Law Review, Vol. 91, p. 873, 2011; Boston University School of Law Working Paper No. 11-17. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1825959

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Boston University - School of Law ( email )
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Boston, MA 02215
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