Fairbanks Foundation

Butler lands $10M grant for sciences expansion

April 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Butler University has received a $10 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to help the school expand its sciences efforts, Butler announced Wednesday morning.
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Fairbanks Foundation gives $20M to IUPUI public health school

June 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is contributing $20 million to support IUPUI’s effort to open a school of public health.
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Lilly Endowment boosts emergency fund by $1M

November 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The fund has helped more than 6,000 households in six counties pay for housing, utilities and food.
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Wishard receives $6 million gift from Fairbanks

November 3, 2009
The Wishard Foundation said it has received a $6 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation that will be used to help fund construction of a new Wishard Hospital, if Marion County voters approve the project.
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Grant-makers, stung by market crash, favor safety-net causes, discourage new applicantsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some major foundations in central Indiana are narrowing grantmaking criteria so they can funnel their reduced asset streams toward pressing needs brought on by the recession.
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High-profile, high-dollar gifts put Fairbanks Foundation among philanthropic eliteRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Victoria D. Williams
The charitable organization awarded 84 grants totaling nearly $22 million in 2005. Already this year, it has announced another $24.5 million in high-profile, high-dollar gifts that will ensure the Fairbanks name isn't forgotten.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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