The U-M Alumni Association of Indonesia recently pledged $400,000 to the existing U-M Javanese Gamelan Endowment, as well as $100,000 to establish a new endowment called the U-M Indonesian Alumni Student Support Fund. The new fund will support study abroad experiences in Indonesia, as well as students wishing to study gamelan.
The first gamelan performance at U-M was held at Hill Auditorium in 1967. 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of this performance. The Alumni Association's gift qualifies for the U-M Third Century Matching Initiative, which provides a match of one dollar for every two dollars given.
“It is the wish of our Alumni Association’s chapter that our gift to the Javanese Gamelan Endowment be a start of a continuous study and proliferation of the Indonesian culture in the University of Michigan and beyond,” said Henry Rahardja, president of the U-M Alumni Association of Indonesia. “The Student Support Fund shall also be the start of a beautiful relationship between students of the University of Michigan and Indonesia. We invite you to come and learn our language, culture, economy and investment opportunities, and much more.”