The Impact of Philanthropy
William E. Bindley remembers his meeting with now Board Chair Emeritus J. Timothy McGinley and President Emeritus Martin Jischke more than 10 years ago to discuss a new vision for Purdue University.
At a President's Council program in November, Tim Sands presented William E. Bindley and his wife, Mary Ann, with the University's Building the Future Award—an engraved trowel in a display case.
“When I agreed to help with the Bindley Bioscience Center and said I would help with the capital campaign, I just had no idea it would be this successful,” he says.
Now Purdue is celebrating the continued impact of Bindley’s philanthropy, which has led to a $14.9 million investment by the National Institutes of Health.
At a President’s Council program in November Bindley and his wife, Mary Ann, were thanked for the impact they and others have had on the University and Purdue’s Discovery Park through their gifts.
The Bindley Bioscience Center, in Discovery Park, is named for Bindley, who in 2002 contributed $52.5 million to the University, at the time the largest gift to Purdue from an individual. He designated $7.5 million of his gift to cover half the cost of the two-story, 50,000-squarefoot research facility, with the rest funded by earnings from unrestricted endowments. The center opened to researchers in October 2005.
William Bindley's Gift Reaps Big Dividends
Partnerships with more than 100 companies and 100 universities have resulted from Discovery Park research.
Discovery Park has 20 partnerships with leading institutions around the globe that have resulted in 56 startup companies.
3,500 students have participated in the Discovery Park undergraduate entrepreneurship certificate program.
At any time, 300 graduate students are completing their PhD research as members of Discovery Park interdisciplinary teams.
550 undergraduates have participated in the Discovery Learning Research Center’s Interns for Indiana programming, providing more than 210,000 hours of work for 185 companies around the state.
600 undergraduates have participated in Purdue’s Undergraduate Research Internships program, endowed by the Lilly Endowment.
This spring the University will complete construction on a 29,000-square-foot addition to the center made possible by funding from the National Institutes of Health.
The NIH’s National Center for Research Resources awarded the money through a federal stimulus measure to establish the Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Facility at Purdue. The addition will house investigators from the National Cancer Institute-designated Purdue University Center for Cancer Research to work on innovative animal models of disease, development of new therapeutics and in-vivo animal imaging.
“This major Bindley Bioscience Center expansion addresses a critical need for disease researchers from across multiple disciplines at Purdue,” says biology professor Richard Kuhn, director of the Bindley Bioscience Center and head of the Department of Biological Sciences. “This also builds on the University’s strengths in cancer research, drug discovery and development, engineering, chemistry and instrumentation, and veterinary medicine with a disease researchfocused, multidisciplinary facility for biomedical research.”
At the President’s Council recognition ceremony in November, then acting President Tim Sands noted the enormous impact of donors on Discovery Park and Purdue research. Within the first three years of its existence, Discovery Park received donations totaling approximately $105 million.
“These generous gifts — including lead gifts provided by individuals such as Bill and Mary Ann Bindley, Michael and Kay Birck, Don and Carol Scifres, Gerald and Edna Mann, and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation — gave us worldclass facilities in which to conduct our work,” Sands said. “The gift from Bill and Mary Ann has now enabled Purdue to receive $14.9 million in additional funding and to grow the exciting research and impact of the Bindley center.”
Sands presented Bindley, a 1962 Purdue graduate, with the University’s Building the Future Award — an engraved trowel in a display case.
Alan Rebar, executive director of Discovery Park, said the first 10 years of Discovery Park “have been nothing short of remarkable.”
“Today we have 13 (research) projects of $5 million or more including eight that are $10 million or more — one of which is $100 million, Purdue largest award ever,” Rebar says. “Discovery Park has brought in approximately $700 million in research awards to Purdue — 25 percent of the University’s total research portfolio.”