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.
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
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.
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.
Save America's Treasures (National Park Service) -
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.