Film Academy Appoints Katharine Deshaw To Vacant Fund-Raising Job

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday named a veteran fund-raiser, Katharine Deshaw, to fill a long-vacant post overseeing the funding operation for its planned movie museum. Starting Nov. 1, the Academy said, Deshaw will serve as managing director, advancement and external relations, for the museum. That fills the spot vacated by Bill Kramer, the previous head fund-raiser, late last year. Deshaw has been a fund-raiser for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and others. Most recently, she has headed a firm called Philanthropology, which counsels clients on “best practices” in philanthropy, the academy said in a statement. In that statement, Deshaw said she would be heavily focused on raising “the remaining third” of an intended $388 million fund for the museum, which is scheduled to open in the mid-Wilshire Blvd. area of Los Angeles in late 2018.

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