Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation Grants $10 Million Lead Gift to Butler University

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Money will support Butler’s Expansion for the Sciences effort.

President James M. Danko announced today that Butler University has received a $10 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc. to support Butler’s Expansion for the Sciences effort, an important strategic priority for the University.

This $10 million grant provides Butler with the foundational resources necessary to help launch the planning, renovation, and construction of science facilities at the University. The project includes new construction in addition to major renovations to the Dorothy and Edward Gallahue Science Hall and the Holcomb Building, which will physically connect Butler’s science programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to create a Life Sciences Corridor.

“On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Butler University, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Fairbanks Foundation for this grant and the educational resources it will provide to our campus,” Danko said. “The Foundation’s mission will be continued as we expand our important work in the sciences.”

In addition to offering programs of study in biology, chemistry, computer science and software engineering, physics and astronomy, and psychology, Butler requires all undergraduates to take a minimum of one science laboratory course. The new and renovated facilities will add adaptable student classrooms and laboratories, as well as faculty and staff space to support collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research.

Butler has experienced a significant increase in the total number of students majoring in the sciences, with 200 additional majors—marking a 36 percent increase—over the past 10 years. These numbers are only expected to increase.

“After graduation, many of these students go on to help advance life sciences initiatives in central Indiana,” said Dean Jay Howard of Butler’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The new science facilities mark a significant step toward the achievement of the University’s Shared Strategic Vision, which emphasizes innovative approaches to support Butler’s academic mission, research capabilities, and program offerings.

“The Fairbanks Foundation is extremely pleased to support Butler University in its efforts to expand and enhance the sciences on campus,” Foundation Chairman and President Leonard J. Betley said. “The University’s efforts will have a very positive impact in our community.”

About Butler University
Challenging and enabling students to meet their personal and professional goals has guided Butler University since 1855. Today, Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive University that blends the liberal arts with first-rate pre-professional programs. It seeks to prepare each graduate not simply to make a living but to make a life of purpose, in which personal flourishing is intertwined with the welfare of others. Butler is known for its vibrant campus, superior academics and dedicated faculty. The University enrolls more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students in six academic Colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Located just six miles from downtown Indianapolis, Butler’s urban setting affords students internship opportunities that provide excellent graduate school and career preparation.

About the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc.
The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc. is an independent, private foundation established in 1986, which provides grants funds to qualifying tax-exempt organizations located in the greater Indianapolis area. The Foundation has three primary focus areas: Health, the Vitality of Indianapolis, and Sustainable Employment. Giving in Health and the Vitality of Indianapolis represent 90 percent of total grants awarded. The Foundation seeks to invest in initiatives and organizations that help to strengthen and grow the Indianapolis economy, most often by stimulating the development of jobs in key economic sectors (e.g., life sciences) and by preparing the local workforce to meet employers’ needs for high-demand skills and talents. The Foundation also has a small grants program, through which smaller, general operating support grants are awarded to select non-profits addressing key community challenges from a grassroots level.

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