When Ted Dedee officially starts his new job April 2 as president and CEO of the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wis., the priority is clear – raise funds.

The Overture Center was a victim of the market crash in 2008, which wiped out 60 percent of the value of the performing arts center’s endowment, DeDee explained. A year ago, the process began to transition the venue from city management to private nonprofit status through its new operator, the 23-member board ...

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