Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt
Des Moines, Iowa
Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt of Des Moines, Iowa, have a passion for supporting University of Iowa student-athletes. This passion has developed from strong family backgrounds and a love of the Hawkeyes.
“My family has been long supporters of the University of Iowa,” said Suzie Glazer Burt, who learned about philanthropy from her mother Maddie and grandfather Ellis Levitt. “My father was a cheerleader and graduated from Iowa. My mom’s brother, Richard Levitt, and his wife Jeanne, are known around campus for their leadership gift. My sister, Linda Toohey, and brother, Jeff Glazer, also graduated from Iowa, while my husband, Gregory, graduated from Iowa in 1970 from the school of business administration.”
Over the past four decades, Suzie Glazer Burt has dedicated her time and resources to improving the lives and well-being of children, families, and students. Currently, she serves on the foundation board for Hospice of Central Iowa, the board of trustees at Drake University, and the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. She is past president of Ballet Iowa, Science Center of Iowa, House of Mercy, Variety—The Children’s Charity, Hospice of Central Iowa, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa.
Her strong passion for supporting at-risk children has compelled her to provide the foundation for the first Boys and Girls Club on a college campus at Drake University.
Since graduating from the UI, Gregory Burt has been a successful businessman—founding Burt Commercial Financial 25 years ago. He’s been a UI season ticket holder for more than 30 years.
“Gregory’s parents were great University of Iowa supporters as well,” said Suzie Glazer Burt. “They tailgated with us. We have been tailgating in the same place for the past 25 years.”
Fall Saturdays at Kinnick Stadium continue to bring back great memories for the Burts, and it’s one of the many reasons why they support UI athletics.
“My father started taking us to college football games when my sister started college 45 years ago,” said Suzie Glazer Burt. “It was a very big thing for us as a family to go and spend every weekend in Iowa City.”
While the Burts watch UI student-athletes shine in competition, they also help them excel in their daily lives. Today, Hawkeye student-athletes are exceeding national academic standards and contributing more than 10,000 hours of community service annually, and it’s made possible because of support from contributors like the Burts.
“We believe in the University of Iowa,” said Gregory Burt. “Many student-athletes will not compete in athletics beyond college. They will need a good education for the rest of their lives. We would like to see them exceed in life.”
“Our passion is supporting the student-athletes’ development and education,” added Suzie Glazer Burt.
This is why the Burts have provided transformational support for UI student-athletes. Recently, the couple committed $500,000 to establish the Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt Educational Fund. The fund provides visionary leadership and support for UI Student-Athlete Academic Services and for the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center.
The Gerdin Athletic Learning Center provides a structured learning environment and resources for student-athletes to assist in realizing their academic goals. The UI Student-Athlete Academic Services staff provides educational programming and personal development that positions Our Hawkeyes for real-world success upon graduation.
“We are fortunate to have loyal families like the Glazers and the Burts at the University of Iowa,” said Tom Moreland, director of athletics development for the University of Iowa Foundation. “We’re lucky to have visionary leadership from Gregory and Suzie. Their gift provides a solid foundation for Hawkeye student-athletes that ensures they have what is needed to succeed at the highest levels academically for years to come. We are also grateful for the Burts’ understanding and support of the unique leadership platform our student-athletes possess to leave lasting legacies in their communities.”