Marianne Glick and Mike Woods pledge $500,000 matching gift to Ivy Tech’s Relief Fund efforts
Evansville, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees member, Marianne Glick, and her spouse, Mike Woods, have committed $500,000 in matching funds across the state for Ivy Tech’s newly established COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist students.
The COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide increased flexibility to assist the Evansville, Princeton, and Tell City locations in meeting unforeseen challenges head-on in the coming days. Our campus specifically has $15,000 in matching funds available. The funds will be entirely supported by unrestricted charitable donations and gifts at any level to help meet our campus’s time-sensitive needs. We must secure local matching funds by April 30, 2020 in order to benefit from the Glick gift.
“We wanted to do something to help Ivy Tech students at this challenging time,” Marianne and Mike shared. “We hope this gift will inspire others to open their hearts to enable our students to have access to the resources they need to stay in school and stay healthy.”
“We are so grateful for those in our community who are willing to give and for the generous gift that will match their donations, ensuring we can best help address the needs of our Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff,” said Evansville Chancellor Daniela Vidal. “They have all been extremely resilient and flexible in responding to this new way of operating, but as the situation prolongs, needs are increasing.”
Ivy Tech’s President Sue Ellspermann announced that all campus buildings have been closed and over 70,000 students, faculty and staff will operate in an online instructional virtual environment.
“As always, our top priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of our students,” said Ellspermann. “Many of our students already faced challenges including juggling work, family and school, food insecurity, childcare needs, and even housing uncertainty. We are incredibly humbled and grateful for Marianne and Mike, and their pledge of $500,000 in matching funds across the state. This makes it possible for us to truly help our students who need it now more than ever.”
“Their commitment to Ivy Tech student success is unwavering and their philanthropic hearts are truly full of passion for the betterment of tomorrow,” said John M. Murphy, Ivy Tech Foundation president. “We are very appreciative of Marianne and Mike stepping up and providing such a tremendous match to our campuses to meet unforeseen challenges head-on in the coming days.”
For more information on the Covid-19 Relief Fund and where to donate please visit impact.ivytech.edu/COVID.Relief.Fund