Indiana University celebrates philanthropy and volunteerism, honors leaders

At a recent ceremony, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie joined IU Foundation President Daniel C. Smith to honor outstanding leaders in philanthropic giving and volunteerism. Together they recognized the generosity, commitment and partnership of five individuals and a family with three generations of connections to IU as the university's 2018 Partners in Philanthropy.

"These leaders and friends of Indiana University share a commitment to our mission that is truly transforming our campuses and communities," McRobbie said. "Their generosity is inspiring and encourages an enduring spirit of philanthropy that will benefit generations of students, faculty and staff. Our IU family is immensely grateful for their support."

From the top: IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Daniel C. Smith honor Cindy Simon Skjodt with the Herman B Wells Visionary Award. McRobbie speaks at the 2018 Partners in Philanthropy celebraiton. The 2018 Partners in Philanthropy are, from left, Lacy Johnson, Patricia Johnson, Skjodt, Judy Summerville, Gregg Summerville, David Elmore, DG Elmore and Doug Elmore.  Photos by Ann Schertz

This year, McRobbie announced that the For All: IU Bicentennial Campaign would increase its fundraising goal to $3 billion because of the campaign's success. The generous philanthropic support of donors has already helped IU reach over $2 billion, which is more than 80 percent of its original campaign goal set out in September 2015.

Honorees at the Partners in Philanthropy celebration received one of four awards: the Cornerstone Award, Keystone Award, Family Legacy Award and Herman B Wells Visionary Award. Each year, nominations are solicited from all IU campuses. A committee of representatives from IUPUI, IU Bloomington and regional campuses select the recipients.

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