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ISU raises $29 million in record-setting fiscal year for philanthropy

July 15, 2021

Indiana State University had the largest fundraising year in its history in 2020-21, nearly tripling donations from the previous year with more than $29 million. 

It is the third straight year fundraising has increased. More than 7,500 donors made contributions — up almost 10 percent from the previous year — supporting 620 funds and initiatives.  

“We are so grateful to our alumni, friends, and corporate partners who generously supported the university in a record-breaking year,” ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. “Indiana State University serves an important mission, and donor support is critical to expanding access to higher education.”  

Gifts to the university’s endowment totaled more than $4.3 million, double the amount from the previous year. Forty-one new endowed funds were created, largely helping to build scholarship support and increase opportunities for ISU students.   

Over 1,200 donors were recognized as members of the President’s Society for contributing at least $1,000 in the fiscal year.   

“The ISU Foundation Board of Directors wishes to congratulate the ISU Foundation for setting an all-time record of over $29 million this past fiscal year,” said Don Dudine, chair of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. “It is heartwarming to witness the ISU administration, deans, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of ISU embrace philanthropy with this genuine level of excitement. As a board, we are proud to be associated with the culture of philanthropy now established at ISU.” 

Said Andrea Angel, Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation: “It has been an amazing year, and I am humbled by the generosity of our donors. Every gift is making a difference and it is exciting to see the bold advancement of the philanthropic culture at Indiana State.” 

Angel credited initiatives such as the third annual Give to Blue Day for building momentum for philanthropy. The day resulted in more than $1 million in donations during a 24-hour period from 2,620 donors, including nearly 300 students.  

“The energy among our ISU Foundation Board, Advancement team and campus partners is unparalleled,” Angel said. “It is inspiring to see how philanthropy is helping our students achieve their dreams of earning a college degree.”  

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