INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Indiana University officials have announced the conclusion of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis IMPACT Campaign—the largest and most successful comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university’s nearly 200-year history. The IUPUI IMPACT Campaign raised $1.39 billion, exceeding its initial goal of $1.25 billion.
IUPUI’s seven-year IMPACT campaign began in July 2006, just prior to the start of the Great Recession, and was publicly announced in October 2010, while the nation began to slowly recover from the economic downturn. Despite often tumultuous and uncertain economic times throughout the duration of the campaign, donations continued at a steady pace.
“We owe our deepest gratitude to the unwavering generosity, dedication, and loyalty of the nearly 100,000 university alumni and friends who contributed to this campaign,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “Their inspiring generosity and the vigorous progress of Indiana University and of the IUPUI campus are inextricably linked.”
IUPUI has made—and will continue to make—an impact on the lives of its students, faculty, and staff, as well as the residents of Indiana and beyond. Examples of how the successful IMPACT campaign has influenced IUPUI’s four major priority areas include:
Supporting extraordinary student success
IUPUI is a catalyst for “brain gain” within the state. Financial support is a key component in attracting and retaining a diverse, engaged, and committed student body.
RISE scholarships, one of the most popular giving opportunities in the IUPUI IMPACT Campaign, enable undergraduate students to participate in research, international, service learning, or experiential learning activities. Enhancing the appeal of this initiative was a fixed match offered by the campus, which increased the total annual support for each new scholarship created. More than 60 RISE scholarships were created during the campaign.
Excelling as a center for the health and life sciences
IUPUI trains the majority of the state’s health care specialists, and its research has led to breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes, and cardiac treatments, as well as advancements in physical therapy, dental care, and urban health issues.
The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health was established during the campaign, evolving from the Department of Public Health in the IU School of Medicine, and named in recognition of a transformative $20 million gift from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in support of IU’s efforts to address the critical public health problems that affect the quality of life of many Hoosiers. The school will draw upon the resources of the IUPUI health sciences campus and focus on the areas of urban health, health policy, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
Championing civic engagement
Concern for community—in central Indiana and across the world—is so ingrained into IUPUI campus life that it defines what and how students learn.
Through the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, Herron School of Art and Design students and faculty apply their artistic talents to the actual, relevant needs of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. In the past year alone, 319 Herron students helped complete 17 new public art initiatives in Indianapolis.
Thriving as an urban research campus
As one of the nation’s premier urban research institutions, IUPUI fulfills a mission of advancing the intellectual growth of citizens throughout the state and beyond by translating research into practice.
Supported by a five-year, $50 million grant from Toyota, the Transportation Active Safety Institute, headquartered within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, is conducting research on Toyota’s Pedestrian Pre-Collision System, with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of pedestrian traffic deaths.
“The success of the IMPACT campaign signals that IUPUI’s donors are motivated by big dreams and a powerful belief in what IUPUI students, faculty, and staff can accomplish,” said IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz. “Those big dreams oblige us, and inspire us, to accomplish the great things those donors envisioned.”
The IUPUI IMPACT Campaign is the third $1 billion campaign IU has completed in the last ten years. On Oct. 8, 2010, President McRobbie announced the conclusion of the Matching the Promise campaign for IU Bloomington, which raised $1.14 billion, exceeding its initial goal of $1 billion and making it the most successful campaign, at that time, in IU history.
“Gifts of private support, time, and leadership made during the IMPACT campaign have enabled IUPUI to provide the knowledge and skills that enhance the quality of life for people in Indianapolis, across the state, and around the world,” said IU Foundation President Dan Smith. “Our donors have changed lives for the better, forever.”
Campaign snapshots and additional highlights include:
- $1,394,816,419 raised – represents 111.6% of $1.25 billion goal
- 99,577 donors – 5,258 donors were IUPUI faculty, staff or retirees
- $18,157,849 raised from IUPUI faculty, staff, and retirees
- Endowed Chairs – Endowed chairs are critical to IUPUI’s effort to recruit and retain world-class faculty and make the campus more appealing to talented students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional school programs. Endowed chairs offer invaluable financial support for use in research, teaching, or service activities. Twenty-two endowed chairs were generated through the campaign.
- Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute – Construction of the Glick Eye Institute was made possible with a $30 million gift from the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. The gift included $10 million to the School of Medicine to start an endowment that will advance research in eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and other eye diseases associated with aging, as well as eye diseases in children.
- IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law – The school was named in honor of Robert H. McKinney, an Indianapolis attorney, banker, and civic leader, in recognition of the largest gift ever received by the school and one of the largest in legal education. McKinney’s $24 million gift, along with matching funds committed through the IMPACT campaign, brought the total value of his gift to $31.5 million.