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Many Institutions Rethinking Gifts From Sackler Family

March 01, 2019 12:05 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

The New York Academy of SciencesColumbia University, and several other prominent universities, museums, and nonprofits are reviewing their philanthropic relationship with the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, an opioid-based pain medication, the Wall Street Journalreports.

In the wake of recent court disclosures, activists have been putting pressure on institutions to stop accepting philanthropic gifts from the Sackler family. Earlier this month, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York — home to the Sackler Center for Arts Education, which was funded by a gift from the Mortimer D. Sackler family — was the location of a surprise protest by Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, or P.A.I.N., an anti-opioid organization. Similar protests have been staged at Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

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