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Toronto’s Institute for Christian Studies Receives $4.2 Million


The Institute for Christian Studies (ICS), a Christian graduate school in Toronto, Ontario, recently received a $4.2 million gift from the estate of the late Lowell Andreas. It was the second school supported by Christian Reformed church members to receive such a gift. (See “Dordt College Receives $3.9 Million,” January 2010 Banner).

The gift—the largest in the Institute’s history—was good news for ICS, which found itself in financial crisis this past year (see “Who Teaches the Profs,” April 2009 Banner).

“Last year was a difficult year for ICS due to the recession . . . but our donors got us through it,” said John O’Leary, director of development at ICS.

O’Leary stated that the gift came at a significant time of “rebirth and renewal” for ICS. “Mr. Andreas’ gift will enhance priorities fundamental to the mission of ICS, including faculty and student support, information, and research resources,” he said.

Andreas was former president of Archer Daniels Midland, an Iowa company that processes agricultural products. Andreas died April 4 at the age of 87.

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