On Friday, Sept. 30, Indiana University inducted 246 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 the positive force it is today without the generous support of our Presidents Circle members,” Smith said. “This year’s inductees have supported a wide variety of programs and schools. Many have honored the memory of family members or given back to causes that are personally meaningful. Our Presidents Circle honorees help the entire IU community create opportunities for others to change the world through innovations and path-breaking discoveries. We are proud to recognize each of them for making great things possible at IU.”
Collectively, the 2016 inductees have given more than $64.5 million to the university in their lifetimes. Among the many areas supported by the 246 inductees are the Lilly Library, IU Athletics, and the departments of chemistry and criminal justice.
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 the interactive donor wall display, located 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.