Gifts

Wabash College religion center gets $7.8 million

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
The grant will let the center continue programming through 2018. It brings to more than $48 million the total grants the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has given the center.
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Report: Charitable giving almost back to pre-recession levels

June 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Charitable giving in the United States continues to recover from its recession-induced slump, reaching an estimated $335.2 billion last year, a new study concludes.
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Notre Dame alumnus donates $75 million to school

May 2, 2014
Associated Press
The donation from alumnus John W. "Jay" Jordan, co-founder of a private-equity firm, is the largest in the school's history, Notre Dame said Friday.
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Late biologist's estate gives $4.2 million to IU

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
IU said the gifts from the Carlos O. Miller estate now total nearly $5.5 million and fund a faculty chair and a student fellowship.
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Charitable giving firm sees surgeRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
An increasingly popular philanthropic tool is driving growth at locally based Renaissance Administration LLC, almost tripling its business over the last five years.
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Channel 6 to air children's hospital telethon with twist

April 1, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Don't expect song-and-dance routines or sob stories. And whether a certain former local celebrity will make an appearance is top-secret.
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Developer donates 50 acres near airport for preservation

January 17, 2014
Associated Press
Holladay Properties says it's donating the land valued at about $4.3 million to the Central Indiana Land Trust.
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Three groups puzzled by woman's $7 million bequest

January 8, 2014
Associated Press
The organizations which include Indianapolis-based Hoosier Oncology Group have no idea why an Evansville teacher chose them as beneficiaries.
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9-year-old Kokomo girl raises funds for storm victim

December 25, 2013
Associated Press
Kyndal Mellady decided to make bracelets and sell them for $1 apiece, allowing her to raise hundreds of dollars for a woman she didn't even know.
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Salvation Army kettles slow to fill in central Indiana

December 22, 2013
Associated Press
Officials blame the lackluster response on fewer people carrying cash they can drop into the buckets manned by the charity's bell ringers.
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Renowned architects creating unique park at Eskenazi HospitalRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Eskenazi Health leadership's desire to connect the diversity of its hospital's population through a healing park drew in a landscape architect firm that is not only one of the top in the country, but also one of the hottest architecture firms in the world.
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Skjodt donates $2M to Herron's art-therapy program

December 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The gift will endow a chair in the program, which is based at IUPUI and was developed with cooperation from the Indiana University School of Medicine. The two-year, full-time residential program is the only one of its kind in Indiana.
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Alumnus Simon pledges $5 million to Columbia biz school

October 24, 2013
David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group Inc., graduated from Columbia Business School in 1985. His gift will help build 450,000 square feet of new facilities on its campus.
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DePauw to revamp music programs with $15M gift

October 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Alumni Judson and Joyce Green earmarked the funds for helping develop professional musicians.
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Wheeler Mission lands $1M grant to help with expansion

October 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Wheeler Mission Ministries Inc. said Wednesday that it has received a donation from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust that will allow it to start construction on a new facility next to its shelter at 520 E. Market St. in downtown Indianapolis.
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Donor gives $3M to Purdue's history department

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University says it will create two endowed professorships in the history of science and medicine after a $3 million donation to its history department.
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Report: Charitable giving by Americans on the rise

June 18, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Americans gave an estimated $316.2 billion to charity last year, continuing a string of small philanthropic gains. What cause got the bulk of the bounty?
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Defining the Indianapolis Cultural TrailRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Lou Harry
After more than a decade of planning, The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will have its official ribbon cutting May 10 with a coming-out party on May 11. And that’s when boosters and skeptics alike will be watching to see what exactly Indianapolis is going to do with its difficult-to-grasp landmark.
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Butler set to unveil $15 million Schrott Center for ArtsRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Lou Harry
The new, 450-seat Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University fills a venue gap between the school's two theaters that each seat about 100 and the 2,200-seat Clowes Memorial Hall.
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DeVoe gift helps Indiana Wesleyan create business school

April 8, 2013
The $5 million donation from the family of late Indianapolis businessman James F. DeVoe will help found a new school of business on the university’s Marion campus.
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Ex-Butler chief hatched plan to use basketball to turn around university

March 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Twenty-five years ago, Butler University President Geoffrey Bannister had an idea to elevate the college by making the lowly men’s Bulldog basketball team a national power, then use it as a marketing tool to engage alumni, increase annual giving to the school, and recruit more and better students and instructors.
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One gift boosted major donations in Indiana in 2012Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Dan Human
An Indiana-born entrepreneur gave $125 million. Just five others gave $1 million or more.
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Purdue hopes huge donation first of many under Daniels

February 19, 2013
Dan Human
Purdue University has high hopes that former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ new role as president and donation pitchman eventually will help double charitable contributions to the school.
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DePauw University gets $31M in donations

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
The founder of Lincoln Capital Management and his wife have donated $20 million to DePauw University to provide financial aid to students, part of $31 million in donations announced by the school in central Indiana.
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United Way lands $11M in grants from Lilly Endowment

January 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana will receive more than $11 million from the Lilly Endowment to boost its capital fund, combat poverty and provide professional development, the groups announced Thursday morning.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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