Corporate Foundations

Gifts at Work

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations receives many generous gifts from corporations and foundations, for which Butler is extremely grateful. All gifts, no matter the size, have a direct impact on our Butler students, faculty and staff.  Below we have highlighted a few recent Gifts at Work to show how our community partners are making a difference.

$230,000 Gift for Urban Farming Project from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust ~ Read more

Butler's Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) has received a $230,000 grant from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, to strengthen urban farming and renewal efforts in Indianapolis. The CUE grant was the largest individual award from a total $1.2 million in grants announced on July 27 and given to 17 Indiana nonprofit organizations.

Payable over three years, the grant also represents the largest gift Butler University has ever received from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

"We're thrilled that, with the support of the Pulliam Trust, we will be expanding our operations down at the Butler Campus Farm to optimize the site for environmental education, allowing us to serve local schools and neighborhoods," said CUE Director Tim Carter.

Working with Butler's College of Education, the CUE will provide six interns to three local schools to integrate sustainable agriculture into the schools' science curriculum, based on the practices at the Campus Farm. One of those schools will be Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy, developed and operated in partnership by Indianapolis Public Schools and Butler.

With grant funding, the CUE also will promote urban agriculture through an annual convention and a celebration of local food culture in Indianapolis. The first convention, FoodCon II, took place at the Harrison Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 2.

Finally, the grant will support the CUE's efforts to lead community stakeholders in developing a master plan for urban agriculture in the Indianapolis. "We'll be exploring the economic feasibility of small-scale urban agriculture and partnering with the growing community of urban farmers in Indianapolis," Carter said. "The plan will integrate social, environmental and economic programming, reflecting CUE's holistic view of urban ecology as 'ecology for the city.' "

The Butler Campus Farm (established in 2010) will serve as the city's pilot urban farming "Hub." Envisioned throughout the community, Hubs will be designated focal points for public education, farmer training, soil remediation and other aspects of an urban agricultural system.

Butler Provost Jamie Comstock said the Butler Farm exemplifies quality education "The Butler Way." 

"The Farm engages our students, faculty and staff with schools and civic organizations to make a local impact," Comstock said. "Through this creative collaboration, led by the CUE and Tim Carter and supported by the generosity of the Nina M. Pulliam Charitable Trust, we can work together to enrich urban farming and city renewal and encourage others to do the same."

The Center for Urban Ecology was founded in 2004 by faculty and staff in the Department of Biological Sciences, with the aim of becoming a national leader in the exploration, stewardship and enhancement of urban ecosystems.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis and Phoenix.

$1 Million Gift to create The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing ~ Read more

The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Jeremy Efroymson donated $1 million to Butler University to purchase the home at 530 W. Hampton Drive - which from 1965 to 1979 was the University president's house - and convert it to the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing.

Renovations have begun to create the Center. The Center will be used for collaboration, creativity and discussion with Butler's visiting writers as well as living space for those writers and select students in Butler's MFA program.

A dedication of The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Center.

Hinkle Fieldhouse Renovation Project ~ Read more

Save America's Treasures (National Park Service) - $700,000
English Bonter Mitchell Foundation - $300,000
Ayres Foundation Inc. - $15,000
Efroymson Family Fund, A Fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation - $10,000

These gifts were given to Butler University to support completion of the masonry and window repair throughout Hinkle Fieldhouse. Completion of these key project activities will focus on minimizing the amount of water that can infiltrate the masonry and to repair other issues before additional deterioration to Hinkle Fieldhouse occurs.