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Philanthropist Robert W. Wilson Makes Significant Challenge Grant to MAS

robert w wilson philanthropistRetired Wall Street legend seeks to raise level of unrestricted support

The Municipal Art Society is pleased to announce a major challenge grant from long-term MAS donor Robert W. Wilson.

With the goal of helping MAS strengthen and sustain our base of unrestricted support, the philanthropist has committed $600,000 over the next three years to match new or increased gifts of $1,000 or more on a one-for-two dollar basis, effective August 1.

“I hope that this challenge will inspire current and new MAS supporters to contribute to an organization that provides an independent voice on development and planning in New York City,” said Robert Wilson.

“Unrestricted support is the lifeline for any non profit organization, and for MAS it’s fundamental to our core advocacy, planning and public program activities,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla. “Bob Wilson’s generous challenge grant will be enormously helpful to our work.”

MAS will launch a campaign next month to urge its members and friends to “accept” the challenge and boost their annual giving.

Robert Wilson has been an annual donor to MAS for over thirty years and has occasionally made special grants, including providing most of the underwriting for the restoration of a mural by Ilya Bolotowsky on Roosevelt Island as part of our “Adopt-a-Mural” program. This is the first challenge grant he has made to MAS.

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