Which local philanthropists made major donations in 2016 and where the money went

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1 Don Brown, former CEO of Interactive Intelligence Group Inc.

Gift: $30 million

To: Indiana University School of Medicine

For: establishing the Brown Center for Immunotherapy

Details: The gift will be used to support research, invest in laboratories and technologies, hire a director, and create five endowed faculty chairs.

Notable: second-largest gift in the medical school’s history, behind a $50 million gift in 2006 from retail developer Melvin Simon and his wife, Bren

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2 Andre and Julia Lacy, longtime Indianapolis business executive and his wife

Gift: $25M

To: Butler University

For: College of Business Administration

Details: Butler renamed its business school the Andre B. Lacy School of Business in recognition of the gift. Lacy will serve as a senior adviser to the school.

Notable: largest gift in university history from an individual or family

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3 Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, local philanthropists

Gift: $15M

To: Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington

For: supporting a $35 million renovation

Details: The Eskenazis, IU graduates who met on campus, also donated a collection of 100 works of art that primarily included prints by 20th century European and American masters. The museum was renamed the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art in recognition of the gift.

Notable: largest gift museum has received since opening in 1941

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4 J. Michael Jarvis, founder of Franklin Power Products

Gift: $5 million

To: Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana

For: creating the Mike & Sandy Jarvis Automotive Technology Training Center

Details: The donation will be used to update and enhance Ivy Tech’s automotive curriculum. Jarvis is a board member of Ivy Tech Community College Foundation.

Notable: largest individual gift in Ivy Tech history

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4 John and Sarah Lechleiter, retired Eli Lilly and Co. CEO and his wife

Gift: $5 million

To: United Way of Central Indiana

For: early childhood education, and expanding the Center for Working Families network

Details: Eli Lilly and Company Foundation matched the gift. United Way affiliates in Brazil, India, South Africa and Spain will receive $2 million of the total $10 million.

Notable: largest gift from an individual in organization’s nearly 100-year history

Unknown amount, but notable

Not all donors are willing to reveal the amount of their gift. Two 2016 donations announced in Indianapolis did not disclose amounts, but were likely above the $1 million threshold.

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Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner

Gift: described as multimillion-dollar

To: YMCA at CityWay

For: supporting a $21 million campaign for the new YMCA facility and funding for the yet-unbuilt OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA in Pike Township

Details: The three-story, 87,000-square-foot YMCA at CityWay—only four blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium—was renamed the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay in recognition of the gift.

Mike Weaver, Whitestown-based Weaver Popcorn Co. Inc. president

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Gift: described as “major lead gift” of a $15 million total

To: Marian University

For: supporting a $30 million plan to build new campus facilities

Details: Weaver, Indianapolis-based real estate developer Browning Investments LLC and several individuals contributed to the $15 million total, but the school did not disclose individual donation amounts.


Sources: IBJ research, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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