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Your Legacy at Herron

Imagine the impact you can make by remembering Herron in your estate plans. Your generosity can make a difference today and in the future.

You don't have to be a certain age or extremely wealthy

Whether you think of yourself as rich or poor, or somewhere in between, your gift can make a difference. Even a small amount can have a big impact over time. If you love Herron, there are ways for you to leave a legacy that will forever support what’s important to you. Most of all⎯your generosity will continue to touch the lives of others. All you need is a plan and Herron’s development staff can help.

Philanthropy has always been important to Herron

In May of 1895, Mr. John Herron’s philanthropic legacy provided the funds for what we now know as Herron School of Art and Design. Through his bequest of $200,000 he established what is now Indiana’s only professional school of art and design which proudly serves more than 900 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Learn more about the John Herron Society.

Philanthropist Ruth Lilly, alumnus and professor emeritus Robert Berkshire, alumna Doris Brinkman, James Esamann and Frank and Katrina Basile each remembered the impact Herron had on their lives and named Herron as a beneficiary of their estate.

Herron continues to keep the legacies of its donors alive through endowed scholarship funds as well as other programs important to its donors. Two of the earliest endowed scholarship funds are the Mary A. Dye Scholarship and the Cornelia McKay Scholarship, both established in 1920. Learn more about Herron's scholarships

We want to celebrate with you…today!

A legacy gift is an important decision and is cause for celebration. Herron’s staff and faculty look forward to learning about your philanthropic plans today so that your generosity can be recognized during your lifetime. Herron will make it a priority to show you how your generosity will make a difference. As always, your support may be given anonymously, if you prefer. Simply notify Herron’s development staff about your philanthropic plans.

How do you get started?

Think beyond cash gifts made today. Options include a simple directive in your will or naming Herron as a beneficiary of your life insurance, pension plan, IRA or trust. Click here for bequest language.

As a professional school of Indiana University, Herron works closely with the IU Foundation as it stewards and maintains your gift. To learn more about other types of gifts and various ways to give visit IUF’s website.

To learn more about leaving a legacy at Herron School of Art and Design, contact Kim Hodges at (317) 278-9472 or or Glennda McGann at (317) 278-9477 or

Donor Stories

Ordinary people are demonstrating extraordinary generosity by leaving legacy gifts to Herron in their wills and estate plans. Each of their stories represents something important to them. Because of their commitment to Herron’s mission, their priorities will continue, and their gifts will remind us that we, too, can make a difference in the lives that follow.

Click here to read donor stories.

Language for bequest:

“We/I give, devise and bequeath the (sum of/percentage/residue of my estate) to Indiana University Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation with principal offices located in Bloomington, Indiana to benefit Herron School of Art and Design located on the campus of IUPUI, Indianapolis.”