Philanthropists back fundraising effort with matching gifts

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Campus Compact, a partnership of 43 institutions of higher education representing 70 campuses throughout the state committed to preparing college students to advance the public good in their communities, is holding its first-ever individual giving campaign in partnership with Lilly Endowment Inc. and Marianne Glick and Mike Woods.

The funds will enable Indiana Campus Compact to create and expand programs that prepare college students as the next generation of civic leaders and community-minded workforce for the state of Indiana.

When Marianne Glick and her husband Mike Woods learned about Indiana Campus Compact’s giving campaign, they knew right away they wanted to donate and be catalysts for continuing the work that they believe in. Marianne says, “When students make a difference in the community, it gives them experiences that I think there is no other way to get. One of our greatest hopes for Indiana is that our level of educational attainment and equity improves dramatically. I think anytime a college or university can reach out and make a difference – and they do have the ability to make a difference – it’s good for the faculty, it’s good for the students, and it’s good for their communities to be engaged with each other. We give to Indiana Campus Compact because we know they propel community engagement in higher education in the state of Indiana and make these changes possible.”

The heart of Indiana Campus Compact’s mission is civic engagement, community betterment, and social justice focused on students, institutions, and community members who are pushing the status quo to create the next generation of changemakers.

“Marianne and Mike are energized by Indiana Campus Compact’s mission and work over the years, and we are delighted to announce that they have graciously agreed to match any gift up to $1,000 from presidents and chancellors,” said J.R. Jamison, Indiana Campus Compact’s Executive Director.

The campaign is, at its core, to build connections that will create an environment of sustained giving, seeded by the initial $50,000 goal by July 2021.

Not only have presidents and chancellors given to the campaign, Indiana Campus Compact counts other higher education movers and shakers, community engagement practitioners, and community leaders among its donors.

Amanda M. Smith, Assistant Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest says, “For me, the choice to give was a simple one. The resources and opportunities provided by Indiana Campus Compact have been invaluable to my work as a community engagement professional. Giving was a way to express my gratitude and to help ensure others have the similar opportunities in the future.”

The individual-giving campaign will be a significant milestone in Indiana Campus Compact’s history, not only because of its nascent nature, but because it is another example of the way they work with institutions of higher education, leveraging their knowledge, resources, and power for the public good.

About Indiana Campus Compact

Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions focused on advocating, implementing, and improving community engagement efforts so that students graduate as well-informed, engaged, and productive members of society who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., with gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical company. In keeping with the founder’s wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

About Marianne Glick

Marianne Glick is a philanthropist, artist, and chairman of the board for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation.