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UIndy receives $2M gift to help archive city’s history

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Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the University of Indianapolis a $2 million grant to help it begin cataloging four decades of city history as part of the university’s planned Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives.

Former Indianapolis mayors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson have donated to UIndy documents, images and recordings to be cataloged and digitized.

The archives will be the centerpiece of the institute, which will serve as a hub for research and teaching. The institute also will enable the university to expand its academic programs.

The grant is the largest single contribution the university has received so far as part of its $7.5 million capital campaign to equip, staff and launch the institute.
 

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  • Oh please....
    Really Jason? Would you like to share your philanthropic contributions to your city and to those things you mention in your comment? Probably not. The Lilly Endowment for decades has contributed to a spectacular amount of worthwile and significant causes. And in some cases not as much. But before we judge those who have planted significantly in the lives of many people, you might want to look at what you have done and see if it has produced much. As another poster mentioned, it is their endowment and they don't have to justify anything to anyone. Their historical record of giving to worthwile causes stands alone. does yours?
  • Well.....
    When you get $2 million dollars then you can spend your money on those things. Lilly doesn't HAVE to spend their money on ANYTHING if they don't want to.
  • RE: WASTE OF 2 MILLION
    Wow, I can think of better ways to spend 2 million dollars. Really?? On archives? How about educational programs to help out of work veterans find sustainable employment. How about build or add services to feed the hungry or clothe the poor! Another waste of money!

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