Volunteer leaders recognized for their contributions with Partners in Philanthropy awards

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The 2019 Partners in Philanthropy recipients are (from left): Jack Gill, Linda Gill, Alan Graf, Susan Graf, Gary Anderson, Kathy Anderson, Donna Shoemaker and John Shoemaker.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation have honored six individuals and one family as 2019 Partners in Philanthropy. IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Foundation President Daniel C. Smith presented the awards June 6, recognizing these exceptional volunteer leaders whose service and contributions have made a transformational impact on the university.

Each year, nominations are solicited from all IU campuses. A committee of representatives from IUPUI, IU Bloomington and regional campuses then selects the recipients.

  • Cornerstone Award: Gary J. and Kathy Z. Anderson

    Gary J. and Kathy Z. Anderson were honored with the Cornerstone Award, which recognizes individuals whose partnership, volunteerism and generosity have been instrumental to the success of a single IU philanthropic initiative for a campus, program or school.

    The Andersons are proud champions of the arts and fixtures of the Jacobs School of Music on IU's Bloomington campus, where Kathy is a member and Gary the past chair of the school's Dean's Advisory Board. Their support of the Jacobs School is reflective of their keen passion for music and ballet.

    The Andersons established the Gary J. and Kathy Z. Anderson Scholarship fund, which helps the school attract the most talented music students in the world. And for their 35th wedding anniversary, Gary presented Kathy with the Violette Verdy and Kathy Ziliak Anderson Chair in Ballet, which established the first faculty chair in the school's ballet department.

    The couple has also served on the Kelley School of Business Advisory Board. They actively partner with IU's Maurer School of Law, the Society of Friends of Music, the Herron School of Art and Design and the IU Foundation, where Gary is a member of the Board of Directors. Kathy is also a member of the Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council.

    View a video biography of Gary J. and Kathy Z. Anderson.

  • Keystone Award: John and Donna Shoemaker

    The Keystone Award recognizes individuals who have shown exemplary volunteerism and generosity through multiple IU fundraising campaigns. This year's recipients were John and Donna Shoemaker.

    Together, Donna and John, a pioneer in the field of information technology, established the Shoemaker Innovation Center. This universitywide initiative based in the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering supports student innovation and entrepreneurship across majors and schools.

    The Shoemaker Innovation Center houses the Shoemaker Scholars program, which awards 10 $5,000 scholarships per year to students across the university who have interest in informatics and computer science; the Shoebox, IU's student start-up incubator; the Shoemaker Student Innovation and Entrepreneur Speaker Series; the Shoemaker Technical Skills Development Workshops; and the Shoemaker Entrepreneurship Mentoring Series. Additionally, they established both the Shoemaker Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship and an MBA fellowship at the Kelley School of Business.

    John has served on the IU Foundation Board of Directors; the Kelley School of Business Dean's Council; the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering Dean's Advisory Council; and the Kelley School of Business Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board. The couple has mentored hundreds of IU students over the years.

    View a video biography of John and Donna Shoemaker.

  • Family Legacy Award: Alan and Susan Graf family

    The Alan and Susan Graf family received the Family Legacy Award, which recognizes families that have created a time-honored tradition of volunteerism and generosity toward Indiana University.

    For nearly a century, four generations of the Graf family have found a home at IU. Alan's maternal grandfather, Harry Huncilman, graduated in 1922 with a degree in business. Alan's father, Alan Sr., received his bachelor's degree from IU in 1951 and an MBA in 1954, and Alan's mother, Harriet Graf, received a bachelor's degree in education in 1952.

    Following in his family's footsteps, Alan attended IU, earning a bachelor's degree in 1975 and an MBA in 1977. Alan and Susan's oldest daughter, Bridget, is also a Hoosier alum, receiving a degree in journalism in 2003.

    Alan is now chief financial officer and executive vice president at FedEx Corp. As a student, he was greatly influenced by Kelley School of Business faculty, which inspired the Grafs to establish the Graf Family Professorship in honor of Alan's father. The Graf Conference Room at the Kelley School is also named in honor of Alan Sr., and the Grafs have contributed to the Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center at the school. Within IU Athletics, the Grafs have supported annual scholarships for student-athletes as well as the Varsity Club and the IU Stadium Club and Suites.

    Alan serves on the IU Foundation Board of Directors, the IU Alumni Association's Executive Council and the Kelley Alumni Board. Within the Kelley School, he is also a member of the Dean's Council and the Academy of Alumni Fellows and has been a CFO Roundtable participant.

    View a video biography of the Graf family.

  • Herman B Wells Visionary Award: Linda and Jack Gill

    Linda and Jack Gill received this year's Herman B Wells Visionary Award, which recognizes individuals whose lifetime commitments of time, talent and treasure to IU reveal a deep understanding of the power of philanthropy to shape the future of the institution.

    In 1999, Jack and Linda established the Gill Center for Biomolecular Measurement within the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry. Today, the Gill Center for Biomolecular Science is continuously making advances in treatments for chronic pain, dementia, diabetes, opioid addiction and more.

    In 2017 alone, Gill Center researchers published more than 50 papers and netted $2.5 million in direct grant funding, which will help further their research and train students. By encouraging partnerships between IU, other research institutions and bioscience companies, the Gill Center has positioned IU as a national center of excellence for neuroscience research.

    The Gills have also made significant contributions to the Jacobs School of Music and the Kelley School of Business. They established the Linda Challis Gill and Jack M. Gill Music Scholarship and the Linda C. and Jack M. Gill Chair in Violin within the Jacobs School. And their generosity founded the Velocity Conference, an annual event organized by the Kelley School in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, to accelerate the careers of IU's entrepreneurial scholars. The Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship within the Kelley School was established in Jack's honor by multiple donors in 1998.

    Jack is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean's Advisory Board, an emeritus member of the IU Foundation Board of Directors and a founding member of the Jacobs School of Music Dean's Advisory Council. He has been active with the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Executive Board and Kelley School of Business Dean's Council.

    View a video biography of Jack and Linda Gill.

Quotes from university leadership:

  • IU President Michael A. McRobbie: "The generosity of these outstanding leaders and friends of Indiana University is truly inspiring. As we prepare to celebrate the IU Bicentennial, we are extremely grateful for their extraordinary support that will benefit generations of students, faculty and staff, as well as their commitment to our missions of continued excellence in education, research and engagement in strengthening the Hoosier communities we serve."
  • IU Foundation President Daniel C. Smith: "The dedicated service and generosity of these special friends is a testament to their belief in the power of Indiana University to change lives and serve as a driving force for good in the world. Their longstanding commitment to IU is an inspiring investment in the promise of the next generation and sets an extraordinary example for those who follow."

About For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign

For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign is taking place on all IU-administered campuses, including IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. The campaign will conclude in June 2020 to coincide with IU's bicentennial year celebration. To learn more about the campaign, its impact and how to participate, please visit forall.iu.edu.

About the IU Foundation

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university. Today, the IU Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $2 billion. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.

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