Indiana University has announced the establishment of the Black Philanthropy Circle. Formed by alumni and friends of the university, the Black Philanthropy Circle will establish programs to improve the recruitment, retention and degree attainment for Black students, faculty and staff on all of Indiana University’s campuses and beyond. The Black Philanthropy Circle first grew from the passions of 23 founding members and will support academic resources, create scholarships and fund initiatives to improve access to education and erase barriers to degree attainment.
“Philanthropy is the force that makes great universities like IU possible,” said James C. Wimbush, vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, dean of the University Graduate School and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership at Indiana University. “The work of the Black Philanthropy Circle will make IU’s campuses more accessible and welcoming than ever, and we are extremely grateful for the passionate individuals who have helped make this initiative possible.”
To further its mission, the Black Philanthropy Circle is seeking more founding members, who commit to investing at least $15,000 over a three-year period to make the circle’s grants, scholarships and educational initiatives possible.