Gift

Ansari Family

The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion was established through a gift from South Bend physicians and philanthropists Rafat and Zoreen Ansari, who are deeply committed to religious understanding and engaging the community in discussions about religion.

The gift is unique in that it establishes a global religion institute housed in a Catholic university with funding from a local Muslim family. This relationship and mission has created international attention, as reflected in this New York Times article.

The Ansaris have three children: Sara (JD ’09), Adam, and Sonya.