April 26, 2009

Jazz at Lincoln Center suing donor

Jazz at Lincoln Center alleges in a lawsuit against one of its donors that the individual failed to honor a $500,000 donation pledge to the New York group.

The Lincoln Center constituent alleges in court papers that Pennsylvania insurance executive Andre Duggin, a member of the jazz group's board of directors, failed to deliver $327,000 in promised funds, the New York Post said Sunday.

The Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed April 15 alleges Duggin, 63, promised to donate $500,000 to a capital campaign by the Lincoln Center group.

The pledged donation was vital to Jazz at Lincoln Center given nearly half of the group's contributions are related to members of its board of directors, the lawsuit alleges.

About 50 percent of JALC's contributed income comes directly from members of the board or from their fundraising efforts, the center said.

Duggin alleges he resigned from the board in 2008 and was forced to limit his donations to the center due to unspecified economic issues, the Post said.

This is a philanthropic commitment, not a mortgage on a house, he said of his pledge.