Indiana University has announced two gifts totaling $10.7 million from the estate of philanthropist Ruth Lilly. The gifts, which will be administered by the IU Foundation, will support new and expanded programs at the Center on Philanthropy and the Herron School of Art and Design.
The Center on Philanthropy will receive about $8 million, the largest donation from an individual in its history, to establish the Ruth Lilly Professorship Program, which will provide matching funds to create up to ten endowed faculty chairs; the center aims to establish twenty endowed chairs overall. Those academics will conduct research designed to improve the practice of philanthropy and nonprofit management as well as teach students in a new Philanthropic Studies program.
The remaining portion of the gift, about $2.7 million, will be used to expand the graduate degree program at the Herron School to include art therapy, ceramics, painting, and photography. The gift also will be used to undertake other programs and initiatives as determined by school administrators and complete development of its main facility, Eskenazi Hall. In recognition of the gift, the school's administrative offices will be named the Ruth Lilly Dean's Suite.
"Ruth Lilly's long-standing generosity to Indiana University has left an indelible mark," said IU president Michael A. McRobbie. "She quietly and effectively, over many years, played an important role in helping to make the university the world-class institution that it has become."