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Feb. 15, 2010

UI alumnus makes gift to start philanthropy program

gruneichThe University of Iowa will make new philanthropic studies courses available to its undergraduate students, thanks to a gift from a philanthropy-minded UI alumnus.

Kevin R. Gruneich, a Montezuma, Iowa, native now living in Park City, Utah, earned bachelor's degrees in finance and in industrial relations and human resources from the University of Iowa in 1980. He and his wife, Donna, made their $100,000 gift through the UI Foundation to establish the Philanthropic Studies Fund at the UI, which will launch one of the nation's first undergraduate programs in philanthropy.

"The development of this course of study presents a unique opportunity for the University of Iowa to be a leader in a vitally important field," Gruneich said.

David D. Perlmutter, the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said, "There is tremendous interest in this area, whether students are focusing on philanthropy as a career or considering incorporating pro bono work into their work-life balance. We want to encourage the trend in 'giving back' because it's what will help charities, foundations and nonprofits survive and prosper."

The initial curriculum for the program, which will be administered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is being developed by Richard A. Nelson, a visiting public-relations professor from Louisiana State University hired using resources from the Gruneich gift.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the foundation, visit its Web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Forrest Meyer, UI Foundation executive director of strategic communications; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973;