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Foundation Gift to Support Hands-On Investment Training for College of Business Students

March 4, 2021
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Brian Cauthen represents the Irvin and Jorene Cauthen Donor Advised Fund, which is providing support to students in the College of Business.

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Anderson University today honored Brian Cauthen, a friend of the University and a representative of the Irvin and Jorene Cauthen Donor Advised Fund, for helping provide generous support for students in the College of Business. 

The Irvin and Jorene Cauthen Donor Advised Fund (DAF) operates in conjunction with the Foothills Community Foundation, a grantmaking public charity funded by individuals and businesses. Brian Cauthen is the Irvin and Jorene DAF representative. This past fall he moved forward with the decision to provide Anderson University with the needed grant to complete the capital objective and start the student-run investment fund.

The Cauthen Student Investment Fund empowers students to apply in the real world what they are learning in the classroom. 

“This opportunity really gives students a crash course in real-life portfolio management that can’t be replicated in a classroom setting alone,” Cauthen said. “In most college finance curriculums, students will study risk analysis, pricing and financial theory, among other fundamental capital market concepts. The creation of the student investment fund provides an incredible opportunity to learn with real dollars at risk and hopefully grow the account over time.

Cauthen met with Anderson University leaders and student representatives today to announce the creation of the Cauthen Student Investment Fund and to learn more about the impact it is having on student learning. 

“The College of Business is very honored and thankful to Brian Cauthen and the Cauthen Fund for their generosity to the University and our students,” said Steve Nail, dean of the Anderson University College of Business. “These funds will enable our students to better understand investing strategies and the benefits of using revenue generating opportunities to better the lives of those in need around the world.” 

Cauthen, director of multifamily and rental financing at LIMA One Capital in Greenville, S.C., is the grandson of Irvin L. and Jorene J. Cauthen, namesakes of the Irvin and Jorene Cauthen Donor Advised Fund. 

“Anderson University is deeply touched by this generous gift, and honored to be associated with the foundation started by Brian’s family and the Foothills Community Foundation,” said Anderson University President Evans Whitaker, Ph.D. “Their support is making a tangible difference in the lives of our students now and in the future. We’re extraordinarily thankful for the investment they’ve made in Anderson University and its continued growth.”

(Learn more about the Cauthen Student Investment Fund.)

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