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State legislatures, throughout the nation, have continued to reduce the amount of funding designated to higher education. Indiana University has been very successful in complementing state support with gifts from generous alumni and friends. The Department of Religious Studies seeks unrestricted gifts which allow the Chair funding which can be used at her discretion and in the best interests of the department. Such monies can take a variety of forms—from annual gifts, to endowed unrestricted funds. With imagination, and the support of our friends, the possibilities are limitless.

Your contribution will have a lasting and positive impact on future generations of students and faculty members in the Department of Religious Studies.

Ways to Give

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at Indiana University.

Giving to Religious Studies and specifying how you want your gift to be used can be done in a number of ways.

Annual Giving

Join the Chair's Circle and take an active role in the future of the Department of Religious Studies. Members will be invited to a variety of departmental events throughout the year.

The Chair's Circle

With a growing undergraduate population of 200 + students and 40 more in our Masters and PhD programs, the IU Department of Religious Studies is ranked number one in the nation according to the Gourman National Academic Report. Our students enjoy the undivided attention of an immensely talented faculty of interdisciplinary religion scholars who focus on a variety of areas including ethics, western and eastern religions, and the philosophy of religion. We are a proud part of the first rate College of Arts & Sciences at Indiana University and continue to attract top students in our ranks. We are committed to recognizing the value of a liberal arts education which is evident in the accomplishments of our alumni constituents.

Membership Levels

Fellow $750
Associate $500
Sponsor $250
Partner $100
Donor Any
To find out more, contact the College Office of Development at (812) 855-7934.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Together with the IU Foundation and the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies seeks to fund private scholarships and fellowships which may be awarded based on student merit, need, or a combination of both.

Endowed scholarship and fellowship funds are permanently invested to produce annual income. Investment returns that exceed the amount needed for distribution are reinvested to add to the growth of the fund. Endowments provide stable, dependable sources of financial support, protected from the uncertainties of state funding, tuition, or other factors. Generally, a minimum of $25,000 is required to establish a scholarship or fellowship endowment.

Annual Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships

Many donors choose to make scholarship or fellowship gifts on an annual basis. Such gifts can be made available for use in the academic year immediately following the gift. The difference between an annual gift and an endowed scholarship or fellowship is that the total of an annual gift can be spent in its entirety.

As with endowed scholarships and fellowships, annual gifts can be directed according to the wishes of the donor, with preferences for any combination of merit and need. Many donors often use annual gifts to the earnings from an endowment as the endowment matures.

To find out more, contact the College Office of Development at (812) 855-7934.

Endowed Gifts

An endowment provides for the continuing support of the Department of Religious Studies through scholarships, fellowships, professorships, and chairs.

Endowed gift exists in perpetuity, may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor, and can ensure enduring support for the department, its students and faculty.

An endowed chair or professorship will allow the department to search for scholars who have distinguished themselves with research and as pedagogues. The monies provided by chairs allow us to compete in the marketplace of academia, giving us the opportunity to actively recruit for faculty of the highest renown.

Endowed funds are permanently invested to produce annual income. Investment returns that exceed the amount needed for distribution are invested to add to the growth of the fund. Endowments therefore provide stable, dependable sources of financial support, protected from the uncertainties of state funding, tuition, or other factors. Generally, it takes a minimum of $1 million to establish a chair, and $500,000 to establish a professorship.

To find out more, contact the College Office of Development at (812) 855-7934.

To contribute online:

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To send a check:

If you wish to send a contribution via check, please make the check out to:

IU Foundation
Memo: Religion Education Fund

Mail your contribution to:

Indiana University Foundation
P. O. Box 6460
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460

Thank you for supporting the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University.