“When Reynold Levy stepped down from Lincoln Center in 2013 after 11 years as president of the performing arts center, he said he would not pursue another full-time position, and that his one solid plan for the future involved ‘beaches and books,’ ” writes Robin Pogrebin in Wednesday’s (9/30) New York Times. “Yet on Thursday, the Robin Hood Foundation, the nonprofit group that makes grants to organizations fighting poverty, is to announce that Mr. Levy is becoming its new president. ‘The cause is so compelling … and the work that Robin Hood conducts so important, that I just couldn’t resist,’ Mr. Levy said…. David Saltzman, the organization’s longtime executive director, said that he and Mr. Levy were ‘going to be full partners.’ Robin Hood [has] raised about $2 billion since its founding in 1988. But Robin Hood said the need for money outpaces those efforts, thus the enlisting of Mr. Levy, who increased the number of galas at Lincoln Center from two a year to about 10…. Mr. Saltzman said, ‘We need his fund-raising skills to help us help as many people as possible.’ ”

Posted October 1, 2015