The Spirit of Generosity: Shaping IU Through Philanthropy

The Spirit of Generosity: Shaping IU Through Philanthropy

by Curtis R. Simic, Sandra Bate


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How does commitment to a university become so significant that it prompts giving that can impact generations of students? Are donors motivated by their own experiences, memories of friends and mentors, or aspirations to fund cutting edge research, teaching, and service?

At Indiana University, authentic and trusting partnerships pave the way for donors to invest in the causes they believe in, resulting in the creation of knowledge, of opportunity, and of beauty across campus.

The Spirit of Generosity: Shaping IU through Philanthropy shares compelling stories of thirteen partnerships that have advanced the common good at Indiana University. These relationships, though unique, are founded on the understanding that gifts reflect the values and dreams of donors. Whether giving endows a chair, funds scholarships, or renovates buildings, it is infused with deep meaning and leaves a lasting impact on the university community. This book honors the generosity of spirit that motivates philanthropy and helps Indiana University fulfill its mission to provide broad access to education, excel in innovative research and teaching, and improve the human condition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253043290
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Series: Well House Books
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Curtis R. Simic is President Emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation. During his 20-year presidency, he is credited with boosting voluntary giving from $70 million and 60,000 donors to more than $270 million from 120,000 donors annually. A national leader in institutional advancement, he has mentored hundreds of advancement professionals who now lead fundraising in American higher education.

Sandra Bate directed the marketing and communications initiatives at the Indiana University Foundation and the Indiana University Alumni Association. During her career in advancement at Indiana University, she also served at IU South Bend, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington.

Table of Contents

Preface: Advancing the Common Good


Part 1: A Commitment to Opportunity


Jesse H. Cox: Of Knowledge, Hard Work, and Self-Confidence

Lucienne and Lawrence Glaubinger: A Commitment to People

Ed Kelley: The Gift of a Name

Mary Margaret Webb: Helping Others Do What They Love

Part 2: A Commitment to Distinction


Sidney and Lois Eskenazi: Lessons in Philanthrophy

David Henry Jacobs: Stand and Sing

Elinor Ostrom: A Persistent Commitment

Part 3: A Commitment to International Experience


Edward L. Hutton: A Catalyst for Global Experience

Part 4: A Commitment to Medical Research


Patricia R. Miller: "Yet to Come"

Part 5: A Commitment to the Centrality of Information


Thomas M. Lofton: Philanthropy's Faithful Steward in the Hoosier State

Part 6: A Commitment to Places for Learning


Gayle Karch Cook: The Good Business of Historic Preservation

V. William Hunt: A Hoosier Legacy

Cindy Simon Skjodt: A Family Love Affair with Indiana University

Afterword: The Legacy of Lessons Learned

What People are Saying About This

Daniel C. Smith


Curt Simic and Sandra Bate have done an extraordinary job of capturing the very essence of transformational philanthropy. The thorough yet sensitive interviews capture a range of subtleties regarding philanthropic motivations. While every story is unique, taken collectively, the reader will see inspiring common themes emerge — the desire to make a difference in the lives of others, humility and kindness, and a deep commitment to the role that philanthropy can play in improving lives, communities and society overall. The Spirit of Generosity will touch a special place in the hearts of all readers, and is a must read for any advancement professional as it reminds us of how fortunate we are to spend our days in the company of others who seek to make the world a better place, for all.


Thomas Ehrlich


The difference between 'good' and 'great' among public universities is private philanthropy. Indiana University is a poster campus for that reality. The powerful stories of philanthropic leaders at Indiana University in this compelling volume are clear markers for how and why that has happened.


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