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Celebrating philanthropy’s enduring impact at IU and beyond


As IU Day approaches tomorrow, we look forward to acknowledging the vibrant spirit of philanthropy that unites our Indiana University family. And beyond this annual event that we’ll celebrate together, philanthropy is truly a cornerstone that has propelled Indiana University to excellence for over two centuries.

 Since our founding in 1820, generous individuals and organizations have partnered with IU, fostering a legacy of academic innovation, groundbreaking research, and transformative opportunities for students. Every gift makes a difference in fulfilling our mission to provide a world-class education and enrich lives in Indiana and beyond.

While IU Day—a worldwide event honoring our university and the people who make it possible—happens just once a year, philanthropic generosity on our campuses is evident year-round.

The Indiana University Student Foundation is currently crowdfunding through its annual Students Helping Students campaign, a peer-to-peer fundraiser. This year’s effort prioritizes the university’s ongoing work in destigmatizing mental health care and providing services and support for students.

Last month, our Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—the world’s first school of philanthropy—hosted its inaugural Pitch Your Passion competition, awarding students with scholarships provided through a generous gift from Jeffrey and Benita Thomasson, proud IU alumni and philanthropists. These scholarships support students’ passion for bringing ideas into being.

The School of Health & Human Sciences is partnering with PT Solutions to help meet Indiana’s need for talented physical therapy professionals. The company’s recent generous gift established the PT Solutions Student Success Fund through the IU Foundation, which will enhance job prospects for IU students pursuing physical therapy, simultaneously addressing the growing need for physical therapists across the state.

The philanthropic spirit isn't just about monetary contributions; time, talent, and advocacy are also immensely valuable. Our alumni serve as mentors and help inspire and equip the next generation of IU graduates for success.

For more than three decades, IU Kelley School of Business alumnus Daniel Aron has mentored Kelley students and served on numerous advisory boards for the school. He and his wife established the Daniel and Maureen Aron Diversity Finance Scholarship to support qualified undergraduate business majors.

On behalf of the entire IU community, I express my deepest gratitude to our dedicated donors, volunteers, and advocates. Your unwavering support is the foundation of our legacy.

As IU Day nears, let's celebrate the spirit of generosity. Together, we can continue to transform lives and elevate IU to even greater heights.

Pamela Whitten

Indiana University

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