The not-for-profits, some of which received as much as $10 million, include community centers, hunger relief agencies and social services groups. Most plan to use at least a portion of the money to create or fortify endowments.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana reported seeing a 10 percent to 15 percent decrease in donations for the year compared to last year, and Second Helpings said it had only hit 50 percent of its goal for monthly donations, as of Monday.
The gift is the largest to the IU School of Medicine by an alumnus. The medical school will use the money to establish the Brown Center for Immunotherapy to fight some of the world's toughest diseases.
The Indiana University School of Medicine got the donation from the children of Indianapolis real estate developer Sidney Eskenazi. The endowed fund will be used to recruit a cancer researcher to Simon Cancer Center.
The Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington has received a $15 million naming gift from Indianapolis-based philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, in addition to an art collection of nearly 100 works.