Campaign Leadership Cabinet Member Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant for Museum

NSU Campaign Leadership Cabinet member David Horvitz and his wife Francie Bishop Good

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale announced it has received a $1 million challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. This donation will support exhibitions, programming and operations. It will match gifts of $10,000 to $50,000 per donor, per year (three-year maximum per donor of $150,000) to NSU Art Museum from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.

The Horvitz Family Foundation is a leading benefactor of NSU Art Museum. This latest gift follows NSU Art Museum’s successful fulfillment of the foundation’s $1.5 million challenge grant announced in 2013 that coincided with Bonnie Clearwater’s arrival as the museum’s new director and chief curator. The initial challenge was matched with an additional $1.5 million in gifts to the museum by many first-time donors or increased support from existing patrons.

“Fran and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to support NSU Art Museum, which has become one of South Florida’s premier cultural institutions,” said David Horvitz. “Our family is deeply committed to expanding arts and cultural opportunities for those who live in and visit our community, and this challenge grant allows us to enlist our peers to help us achieve this vision.”

“David Horvitz and artist Francie Bishop Good have long recognized the transformative power of the arts in building community and the meaningful role that a museum can play in enriching lives,” said Bonnie Clearwater. “We are deeply grateful to David and Francie for their inspiring enthusiasm, commitment and generosity.”

The Horvitz challenge grant and matched donations will be part of Realizing Potential: The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University, the largest philanthropic campaign in the university’s 52-year history and in the history of Broward County. $250 million will be raised through this campaign. Another $300 million will come from sponsored research, service, and training programs.

David and Francie Horvitz are leading collectors and advocates of the arts and have been members of NSU Art Museum’s Board of Governors since 2007. David Horvitz is currently serving in his sixth year as Chairman of NSU Art Museum’s Board of Governors. In 2006, the couple established the Fort Lauderdale, Florida alternative arts space, Girls’ Club, which presents contemporary art exhibitions and programming focused on the work of women artists.