Notre Dame Launches $111 Million Partnership to Fight Poverty

Notre Dame Launches $111 Million Partnership to Fight Poverty

The University of Notre Dame has announced gifts totaling $111 million from the Pulte Family Foundation in support of efforts to address the problems of the poor and develop and measure the impact of anti-poverty programs.

With the funding, the university and foundation will partner on a series of anti-poverty initiatives; work to expand a global network of researchers, students, innovators, and professionals dedicated to helping people escape persistent poverty and make charitable organizations more effective; and graduate the next generation of leaders in the anti-poverty field.

The initiatives include the Pulte Institute for Global Development, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs; the William J. Pulte Directorship of the Pulte Institute for Global Development; the Pulte Endowment for Excellence for Global Affairs; the William J. Pulte Endowment for Excellence in Social Innovation, which will support the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, a research center in the university's Department of Economics that uses impact evaluations to identify innovative, effective, and scalable programs designed to people move out of poverty; the Fighting Irish Initiative, which will provide financial aid to Notre Dame students in need and provide support for the Office of Student Enrichment; and the William J. Pulte Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide need-based scholarships to students in the School of Architecture, College of Engineering, Keough School of Global Affairs, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

"What we do and the decisions we make now will make all the difference in our being a dynamic and relevant entity — taking on current and future philanthropic challenges and addressing humanitarian issues — versus an old-school foundation that functions under the most conservative principles and practices," said Pulte Family Foundation president and chair Nancy Pulte Rickard. "Our alliance with Notre Dame will help us accomplish our long game, both nationally and globally. In partnering with the university...we will accomplish things we could never achieve on our own. In addition to sharing our core beliefs rooted in our Catholic faith, the university has a global reach with access to some of the world's brightest minds, expertise, resources, and all-around know-how for playing on different fields and winning when it comes to improving life systems for humanity."