The University of Indianapolis has announced a $50 million fundraising campaign along with a new poverty research institute.
The fundraising effort—called "UIndy Starts with You"—will focus on issues such as student opportunities and faculty and academic excellence, The Indianapolis Star reports reported. The private university on the south side of Indianapolis is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has about 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students.
The school said Friday that the private phase of the fundraising campaign has raised $34 million. The public phase is centered on raising the rest of the money by June 2021.
Separately, the school said that the Gene and Mary Ann Zink Poverty Institute will focus on interdisciplinary poverty research.
Gene Zink is a former executive of Duke Realty Corp. who now is CEO of Strategic Capital Partners.