The Founders Junior Council, a young professionals auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts, today announced a $1 million pledge to the museum’s operating endowment. The museum will name its Egyptian gallery the “Founders Junior Council Gallery” in honor of the gift.
The gift is the largest donation FJC has ever made to the museum, and is the largest single commitment from an auxiliary in the DIA’s recorded history. FJC has granted nearly $4 million to the DIA since its inception more than 50 years ago.
“We are deeply grateful to FJC for this generous pledge and amazed by FJC’s passionate support for our museum,” says Salvador Salort-Pons, director of the DIA. “FJC has been a philanthropic trendsetter whose members understand how crucial it is to give to the DIA’s operating endowment in order to achieve the museum’s permanent financial stability. We are all inspired and hope their example will encourage others to invest in the DIA’s future.”
FJC’s board of directors, who helped make the donation possible, will be recognized at a private dedication event on July 19.
“The FJC has always worked to support the DIA in any way possible, from bringing new visitors through the door to supporting museum operations,” says Amy Zimmer, FJC president. “This endowment gift is truly in line with our motto — Give, Connect, Inspire.”
By bringing together young professionals, all with a shared interest in promoting the arts, FJC has been credited with hosting some of Detroit’s premier social events while encouraging lifelong participation at the DIA.