BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Today, Indiana University inducted 163 individuals into its most prestigious donor recognition society, the Presidents Circle, which honors individuals whose lifetime giving to IU has reached $100,000. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Dan Smith presided over the ceremony.
“Indiana University would not be what it is today without the gracious support of all our present and past Presidents Circle inductees,” Smith said. “Many of this year’s new members have given gifts to units including our psychological and brain sciences department, the IU Art Museum, and the newly established School of Global and International Studies. Others have given gifts to commemorate loved ones, support causes they feel strongly about, or benefit the lives of our students now and into the future. Our Presidents Circle honorees pave the way for a stronger, healthier, more diverse Indiana University for generations to come. We couldn’t be more grateful for their enduring support.”
Collectively, the 2015 inductees have given more than $38,898,745 to the university in their lifetimes. Of the 163 new inductees, 121 provided support for student scholarships and fellowships, 55 provided support for faculty, and 50 provided support for research.
New Presidents Circle members were presented with a personalized medallion cast with a portion of the original carillon bells that once rang in the IU Bloomington Student Building. In addition, their names were added to a newly installed interactive donor wall in the Indiana Memorial Union. Established in 1992, the Presidents Circle is named for IU presidents, from first president Andrew Wylie to current president Michael A. McRobbie.
Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.9 billion. In fiscal year 2015, IU received $359.3 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.