While he may posses some unfortunate political views there’s no doubt that when he was managing the telefunding office on behalf of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Oaks Spalding was well-liked, regarded with affection and respect by the callers and, was consistently an irritant to the CSO Development Office. This was because, according to sources, Spalding kept insisting that the call-list be culled to remove the dead, and those who hadn’t contributed in years and of course those who had asked to be placed on the Do Not Call List.
Spalding, honorable fellow, was fired. Under dubious and apparently trumped on charges.
And curiously enough, when he was fired, the CSO was entertaining the idea of switching from SD&A to DCM another art-organization fundraiser. But while the CSO was pondering, and Spalding was getting the axe, DCM and SD&A were in merger talks.
Which brings us to the mysterious and convoluted story of The Woodruff Art Center and the case of the missing money. And to the related issue of whether or not SD&A informed Woodruff about the merger talks and if Woodruff originated the idea for the merger which if succesful, would have given them a near monopoly on fundraising for nonprofits art organizations across the country.
Details in our next post.