The Black Philanthropy Circle (BPC), formed by IU alumni and friends of the university, addresses education issues faced by Black communities through the power of philanthropic giving. In partnership with the Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), the BPC establishes programs that improve the recruitment, retention, and degree attainment for Black students, faculty, and staff on IU’s seven campuses and two regional centers, and beyond.
Together, we lead by giving back.
Bound by a shared commitment.
The Indiana University Black Philanthropy Circle works with Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation in formulating programs and policies to enhance engagement and philanthropy in higher education to support Black alumni, faculty, staff, students, donors, and allies.
Listen to the Founding Members
Diverse philanthropy is one of the most powerful tools we have in supporting historically underserved communities. Indiana University's Black Philanthropy Circle, the first of its kind, is the perfect reflection of this spirit. By gathering a group of passionate individuals from across IU, the Black Philanthropy Circle is dedicated to one central goal: helping Black students, faculty, and staff succeed at IU.
Dedicated to building tomorrow’s leaders.
Key areas of engagement in which the BPC seeks to be a national exemplar in supporting the Black community in higher education include:
Building a leadership pipeline.
The BPC strategizes with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) in the university’s programs designed to improve the lives of Black faculty, staff, students, and alumni on all seven campuses and two regional centers, and beyond. In addition, the BPC is committed to improving the recruitment, representation, and support of Black faculty and staff.
Fostering donor investment.
The BPC helps coordinate programs and supports initiatives to strengthen the engagement of Black alumni and friends of the university.
Many students face barriers throughout their educational journeys. In order to increase access and completion, we must clear these pathways so that every student can succeed.Joyce Q. Rogers, Vice President for Development and External Relations for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Indiana University Foundation