INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Michael Browning and sons Michael Browning II and Christian Browning have announced they are donating $2.5 million to Cathedral High School. The family has been part of the Cathedral community since the late 1980s. Michael Browning II graduated from Cathedral in 1992, Christian Browning in 1993, and Michael Browning is a 2007 honorary graduate.
The gift was announced during Cathedral High School’s inaugural All Out Irish Day of Giving, which is the culminating event of Cathedral’s Centennial Campaign - the school’s largest ever capital campaign. Thanks to the generosity of the Browning family, Cathedral has reached $24.6 million in her $25 million goal and can now begin plans to break ground on the school’s new Innovation Center.
“We are extremely grateful for the Browning’s donation,” says Cathedral President Rob Bridges. “Thanks to their gift, and the gifts of other incredible donors, we can move forward on what will be a marker of Cathedral’s academic preeminence in Indianapolis. The Innovation Center will push Cathedral to the forefront of education with a space that not only promotes interdisciplinary learning and exploration, but also enhances our academic approach to science and captivates our students.”
The $2.5M pledge was fueled by the sale of tech start-up, MOBI Wireless Management, a provider of cloud-based managed mobility software. Michael II & Christian founded the company with Cathedral classmates, Scott Kraege & Tony Paris. “While we have been fortunate with success in the tech industry, we attribute much of the success of the company to the English skills we learned at Cathedral,” says Christian Browning. “You can’t win enterprise customer deals if you are unable to articulate a value proposition separating you from the competition. Melinda Bundy’s Honors English class was a monumental stepping stone for us.” Browning adds that of the 320 employees, they hired more English majors than Math majors. “English and coding are both important skills for our industry, but it goes without saying that we must have students who can read and write well.”
“It’s gratifying to know that a family who attributes much of their success to Cathedral is now giving back to dear old Cathedral,” says Nicole Beasley, Vice President of Advancement.
Michael Browning is a longtime supporter of Cathedral High School. In 2003, he was honored with the Bishop Chartrand Award, the highest award given by Cathedral. In addition to Christian and Michael II, Michael has three more children who graduated from Cathedral; Kevin, 1997, Jessica (Bush), 1995, and Katie (Jensen), 2000. Christian Browning currently serves as secretary of the Cathedral Board of Directors.
To find out more about the vision and success of Cathedral’s capital campaign, visit cathedral100.com.