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Dean's Council

The Dean’s Council celebrates donors who make annual leadership gifts of $1,000 or more to benefit the Indiana University School of Medicine. For over 40 years, generous donors have contributed to medical research and education. The Dean’s Council includes alumni, faculty, community members and other friends who believe in our mission of preparing healers and transforming health.

As a Dean’s Council member, you decide what to support—cancer research, medical student scholarships, our work in Kenya or any other area of the school that is meaningful to you. In turn, we recognize your generosity, keep you updated on the impact of your giving, and provide you the opportunity to meet the physicians, researchers and students whose work you support.

Why the Dean's Council Matters

For more than a century, IU School of Medicine has provided exceptional medical training for students who care for people across Indiana and around the world. Our research has led to new treatments, improved care and saved lives. While the school is a public asset, only a fraction of our budget comes from the state. Our mission’s continued success is possible only through philanthropy.

  • Make medical school accessible and affordable to deserving students through scholarships
  • Fund high-risk and early-stage research so scientists can develop new treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions
  • Radically transform and improve public health in Kenya through gifts to the IU-led AMPATH initiative
  • Ensure each of our nine campuses across Indiana has the facilities and resources to provide stellar training
  • Empower school leaders to respond quickly and decisively when new opportunities arise by supporting the IU School of Medicine fund

What Giving Makes Possible

Dean's Council participants empower numerous numerous initiatives through their generous support. Here are some of the areas that benefit from gifts like yours:

Give Now

Gifts of all sizes are crucial to supporting medical research, education and other programs at Indiana University School of Medicine. A contribution of $1,000 or more not only qualifies you for Dean's Council participation, but it ensures the cause most important to you has a stable pool of resources. Please consider a donation today. If you have questions about supporting a specific area or the Dean's Council, contact Farah Gerber.


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Donor Recognition Levels

All Dean’s Council participants are acknowledged in a specific giving circle, each with its own unique opportunities to engage with the school. Inclusion in a giving circle is based on all gifts, pledge payments and matching gifts received in a calendar year. Couples are recognized jointly for their total household giving. Dean’s Council giving circles and types of recognition include:
  • Cornerstone Circle: $1,000-$2,499
    • Invitation to annual Gathering of Friends event
    • IU Medicine newsletter
    • Birthday and holiday greeting from Dean Jay Hess
  • Loyalty Circle: $2,500-$4,999

    Same as Cornerstone Circle plus:

    • Annual updates about area(s) of interest at the school
    • Invitation to Loyalty Circle event hosted by Dean Jay Hess
    • IU School of Medicine appreciation gift
  • Ambassador Circle: $5,000-$9,999
    Same as Loyalty Circle plus:
    • Invitation to exclusive luncheon with a faculty member and a select group of other supporters
    • Personal, guided tour of an IU School of Medicine lab, educational facility, or campus
  • Leadership Circle: $10,000-$24,999
    Same as Ambassador Circle plus:
    • Invitation to IU School of Medicine VIP party hosted by Dean Jay Hess
  • Visionary Circle: $25,000-$99,999

    Same as Leadership Circle plus:

    • Invitation to private dinner with IU School of Medicine chairman or other executive
  • Legacy Circle: $100,000 or more

    Same as Visionary Circle plus:

    • Announcement of gift on school website, if desired
    • Invitation to private lunch or dinner with Dean Jay Hess