The University of Indianapolis launched the public phase of a $50 million campaign Oct. 2 with an event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art that included the announcement of a major gift to establish a center for the study of poverty.
The Gene and Mary Ann Zink Poverty Institute will be active in addressing the pressing public and social issues surrounding poverty while creating formative experiential learning opportunities for students. The funding will endow scholarships, faculty-guided undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, interdisciplinary study, special events, visiting speakers and faculty development activities.
“The Zinks have been vital partners with the university since the earliest conversations about our strategic plan, and their gift is an especially fitting way to introduce the campaign,” said UIndy President Robert Manuel.
Zink is chairman and CEO of Strategic Capital Partners, the real estate and development firm that has partnered with the university in developing the four-story UIndy Health Pavilion, which opened this fall to house the university’s allied health programs, and Greyhound Village, a 480-bed student apartment complex that will open in 2016.
The comprehensive campaign will address the needs and opportunities identified in the university’s Vision 2030 strategic planning process, which Manuel initiated shortly after his 2012 arrival at UIndy to gather input from alumni, students, faculty, staff and the broader community.