Queer Philanthropy Circle

Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

Uniting for better tomorrows

The Indiana University Queer Philanthropy Circle (QPC) is a groundbreaking higher education giving circle connected specifically to the LGBTQ+ community and led by a diverse group of committed volunteers. Through programs, funding, policy, outreach, and one-on-one support, in partnership with the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), the QPC replaces obstacles with opportunities.

Together, we have the power to create change.

Philanthropy must continue to change with the times. It’s not enough to pay lip service to diversity and inclusion. We must actively strive to improve the lives of those who are marginalized and underrepresented. The Queer Philanthropy Circle was created to fill a much-needed gap and attend to a segment of IU whose goals continue to grow alongside their community.

David Henry Jacobs, chair and founding member of the QPC

A tradition of support

For decades, Indiana University has been recognized as a leader among U.S. colleges and universities for its work in providing a safe and equitable learning environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+).

The QPC—the second affinity-giving circle established in OVPDEMA—utilizes programs, resources, and other services to improve the recruitment, retention, and degree attainment for LGBTQ+ students and the quality of professional life for faculty and staff on all IU campuses.

Advancing queer priorities

The QPC supports various programs and initiatives that strengthen the engagement of LGBTQ+ alumni and allies of Indiana University. As a member of the QPC, you are part of a select group of committed individuals who not only want to effect change but also shape the future of IU.

Together, we can help fulfill the promise of higher education for all students. It begins with you.

The goal of the QPC is simple: We want to ensure that people of all walks of life—and especially underserved and minority populations—are inspired to learn, innovate, and create. Your funding contribution, regardless of the amount, will support this mission and fund initiatives and programs designed to help deserving students achieve their college dreams.

Indiana University has seen significant philanthropic support for our underrepresented students in recent years and giving circles such as Black Philanthropy and Queer Philanthropy will focus and amplify our fundraising efforts. Each are superb examples of the progress made possible when committed alumni and friends unite with the university around a compelling vision to improve the educational experiences of our students.

Dan Smith, President and CEO, Indiana University Foundation