Don’t twist their arms

Our previous post noted that donors do not inherently insist on capital projects.  In fact, UCLA just got $20 million, it was announced yesterday, for environmental teaching and research:
Some dutiful blog readers will recall that over a year ago we posted an interview with Mark Yudof in which he insisted that UC puts donor money into buildings only when the donors absolutely insist on it – which is not at all the history of the UCLA Grand Hotel.  You can find the audio of the interview at:
The fact is that donors have interests beyond bricks and mortar – IF you don’t twist their arms.
We know.  When there is a build-and-bond empire to sustain, it’s hard to resist the twist: