Dear Friend of Indiana University:
Last month, I had the great pleasure of joining some of Indiana University’s loyal alumni in Naples, Florida, for an IU Foundation board meeting and our annual Winter College event, hosted by the IU Alumni Association.
The energy among those in attendance was, as always, palpable, and much of the buzz centered on the increasing momentum regarding For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. In fact, the first of our regional For All campaign events was held following the board meeting and drew a crowd of more than 150 people.
Our ambitious goal for the campaign, for which we launched the public phase last September, is to raise $2.5 billion by the university’s bicentennial in 2020, and I am delighted to share the news that we are already more than halfway to that goal—having raised $1.35 billion, thanks to the generosity of nearly 220,000 supporters.
The For All campaign represents the first university-wide fund-raising campaign in IU’s nearly 200-year history. Funds raised will be crucial to ensuring IU remains one of the great universities of the world as it enters its third century of serving the state of Indiana, the nation and the world.
Central to the success of the campaign, as is the case with many of IU’s endeavors, will be the engagement of our large global alumni base, which today totals more than 650,000 people. Indeed, in many important ways, our alumni are the ties that bind the university together, representing the legacy of past generations of IU students while at the same time playing an invaluable role in ensuring our future success through their exceedingly generous gifts of time, energy and financial resources.
The campaign has already seen some spectacular gifts from great supporters of the university. But in the end, the success of this transformative campaign will depend on the support of thousands and thousands of individual supporters of the university, making selfless contributions to the campaign both large and small. All gifts are valued equally, and all are deeply and sincerely appreciated.
The university is also working hard to engage faculty and staff from all over its campuses in the campaign. The early results have been very encouraging and are indicative of the passion our employees feel for IU. Already, current and retired faculty have, remarkably, given nearly $70 million to the campaign.