The University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, recently announced it received a $10 million gift from Cedar Falls residents David and Karen Takes. David Takes is the son of Lorraine and the late Leo Takes, from Cascade, and a 1977 graduate of Cascade High School.
In a statement on the UNI website, President Mark Nook stated, “David and Karen Takes have always shown strong leadership for UNI. They have invested their time, talents and treasure in this university. This new gift builds on their passion for the university and will make our campus even stronger going forward.”
David Takes is a current member and past chair of the UNI Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a 1981 alumnus of the university.
“As long-time residents of Cedar Falls and as a proud alum, we are extremely grateful for everything the University of Northern Iowa and Panther Nation have brought to our family and our community at large,” said David Takes in the release. “The benefits we enjoy are truly priceless, and it is with this sense of gratitude that Karen and I make this commitment.”
The couple’s gift will support multiple programs and projects at UNI. A portion will be invested in the Takes Endowment, one they established in 2015 to support UNI business students gaining international experiences and increasing cultural intelligence. The gift will also support the UNI Mascot Outreach Endowed Fund, which supports TC and TK, the university’s mascots, and the students who lead the mascot program.
Additional portions of the Takes’ gift will support future capital projects for the university.
“We are extremely grateful Dave and Karen are willing to show their commitment to the university and engage with us as we identify the next capital projects that are critical to UNI,” said Nook. “Knowing we have the support to explore projects that are central to UNI’s identity, Panther athletics and the cultural vitality of the Cedar Valley and the state of Iowa gives us momentum as we think about what our campus can look like for the future.”
The Takes’ gift was made to the University of Northern Iowa through the UNI Foundation.