First Bank Richmond celebrates IU Day with $10,000 matching gift to IU East

Garry Kleer

As the Indiana University community celebrates the second annual IU Day, First Bank Richmond is celebrating IU East with a $10,000 matching gift opportunity for alumni and friends of the campus.

IU Day is a 24-hour, binge-watching, social-sharing, IU-wearing, online celebration of Indiana University and the people who make IU possible.

The bank announced it will match all gifts, up to $500 per donor, given to IU East today, April 19th. The total $10,000 matching gift amount was selected as a way to honor the campus’ soon-to-be 10,000th alumni who will walk the stage during IU East’s May 12 commencement ceremony this year.

In addition to the matching gift program, First Bank Richmond recently supported the campus through a contribution to the Student Events and Activities Center. The First Bank Richmond Atrium is named in the bank’s honor.

“We appreciate First Bank Richmond’s continued support of IU East. They do so much for our campus and community,” said Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Jason Troutwine.

This is also Campus Campaign week for the university, the annual fundraising initiative among faculty and staff for important programs and scholarships on the IU East campus.

To help kick off Campus Campaign, First Bank Richmond President and CEO Garry Kleer visited IU East to announce the match.

Kleer said the bank employs over 20 IU East alumni. He also credited the university with contributing to the economic development of the region.

“IU East is a good investment for the community and we’re happy to give toward the academic programs and scholarships for students during this year’s IU Day,” Kleer said.

First Bank provided a similar match program last year during IU Day, up to $9,000, which was well received by the campus community and friends.

“Matching gift programs provide an added incentive to our alumni and campus community to give. It adds excitement to giving and we are grateful to First Bank for helping to make this day a true celebration,” said Troutwine.

Gifts can be made at or to the Office of Gift Development at IU East located in Springwood Hall.