Dean's Update

Dean Amir PasicOn Giving Tuesday, December 1, Professor Deb Mesch and I were honored to participate in the launch of the Philanthropy Initiative at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. It was a remarkable way to inaugurate a new program on philanthropy that will be housed at the museum. David Rubenstein, who funded a curatorship that will oversee the philanthropy exhibit and programming at the museum, led an engaging panel with Warren Buffett and David Rockefeller Jr. Other presenters included Bill and Melinda Gates and an impressive team of philanthropists working to serve the city of Baltimore. The audience included thirteen of the Giving Pledge signers, and all the original pledge letters were on display at the occasion. Future exhibits and programs will spread awareness of philanthropy through the unrivaled reach of the Smithsonian. The museum’s curators are interested in visiting us to share ideas on how to craft this new initiative.

Boyd-Stewart, AnnAs 2015 wound down we also welcomed excellent finalists for the position of Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations. We are thrilled that Ann Boyd-Stewart, a graduate of our master’s program, will be joining us in the role on February 1. She comes to us from Stony Brook University where she is Assistant Vice President for Medical Advancement. She also has a track record of leading successful development operations at Michigan and Chatham Universities.  

In December I was also pleased to take part in a meeting of our school’s Alumni Board. With our dedicated leadership, we are poised to deepen our engagement with alumni to connect with current and prospective students whose own career trajectories represent a key impact of our school in the world.

I was also delighted to meet Jamie Merisotis, president of the Lumina Foundation and Gene D’Adamo, president of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Both institutions have benefited from the work of our talented students, and we look forward to welcoming both of these prominent foundation leaders to speak on campus in the near future. 

Finally, school leadership met with the deans of University College and the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University—Indianapolis (IUPUI) as we seek to develop our collaborative relationships across campus. And we hope the same spirit of collegiality and friendship carries throughout the New Year.

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News You Can Use

January

  • 11, Classes resume
  • 11, release of the 4th edition of “Achieving Excellence in Fundraising”
  • 14, Visiting Mott Chair (Mark Sidel) event (1-3pm)
  • 14, Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, meeting with Research
  • 17, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner
  • 18, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-NO CLASSES/OFFICE CLOSED
  • 25-26, The Fund Raising School’s “Leadership Roundtable”
  • 25-28, Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising-Louisville, KY
  • 25-28, Principles & Techniques of Fundraising, San Francisco, CA
  • 25-31, IUPUI Homecoming

Achieving Excellence in Fundraising 4th editionAchieving Excellence in Fundraising, 4th edition, edited by Gene Tempel, Tim Seiler, and Dwight Burlingame, will be published January 11, 2016.

30% discount on the book with the code WLY15 if you purchase it directly through the Wiley website.

SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, March 31, 2016

The 13th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture featuring Dr. Jonathan Walton is on Thursday, March 31 at the Indiana Historical Society. This event is FREE and open to public.

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Academic Programs

December 16-New play area for children with autism gets $10,000 grant from Learning by Giving class

Children with autism in Marion County will soon be able to play and learn in a new, state-of-the-art, multisensory activity gym designed to meet their needs, in part as a result of a $10,000 grant from the Learning by Giving class at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI to Easter Seals Crossroads.

Students in the hands-on, undergraduate course learn how charitable foundations operate and about giving wisely by making real grants to local nonprofits, from deciding which community issues to address and writing requests for proposals to conducting site visits, evaluating applications and deciding where to give grant award money. Grant funds are provided by the Learning by Giving Foundation founded by Doris Buffett, sister of Warren Buffett.

The students described their experiences and presented an oversized check to Easter Seals Crossroads representatives during an award ceremony on Dec. 16. Read the press release >

Looking ahead:

  • February 18-19, 2016
  • Hoosier Philanthropy: Understanding the Past, Planning the Future
  • Indiana Historical Society-Indianapolis, IN

The conference “Hoosier Philanthropy: Understanding the Past, Planning the Future” aims to integrate practice and scholarship, allowing both scholars and practitioners to inform one another. The conference will engage these constituencies in discussions on Indiana’s philanthropic traditions and current practices, as well as preserve the historical roots that still shape today’s philanthropic dynamics.

Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

Associate Dean Patrick Rooney—dedicated much of December to preparing academic department and reports for campus 5-Year Review, February 29 – March 2, 2016.

Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 4th edition, edited by Gene Tempel, Tim Seiler, and Dwight Burlingame, will be published January 11, 2016.

30% discount on the book with the code WLY15 if you purchase it directly through the Wiley website.

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International Programs

December 1Associate Dean Patrick Rooney and Managing Director of International Programs Cathie Carrigan hosted Fulbright Hungary Directory Karoly Jokay, who expressed interest in sending Fulbright scholars to pursue masters-level study at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

December 11–14The Fund Raising School piloted Principles & Techniques of Fundraising with partners at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China. Dean Jiangang Zhu, who joined us for the 2014–15 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar, organized this first offering of a workshop at SYSU. 


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Women's Philanthropy Institute

Dr. Debra Mesch presented the keynote address at the Womens Enews first annual fall women’s philanthropy event in New York City in early December. Womens Enews is an online news service covering issues of particular interest to women including philanthropy. Dr. Mesch’s participation was coordinated by Sharon Bonds and the Giving USA Institute

$2.1 million grant will advance research on women’s and men’s giving, support of causes for women and girls

Women’s Philanthropy Institute has been awarded a $2.1 three-year grant for research on how and why women give from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The investment will fund research about women’s charitable giving, seeking specifically to answer the question: What factors influence women and men to give more, give more intentionally, and give more effectively? Research will also explore giving to women’s and girls’ causes. Read the press release >

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

SAVE THE DATE!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The 13th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture featuring Dr. Jonathan Walton is on Thursday, March 31 at the Indiana Historical Society. This event is FREE and open to public.

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Research

Looking ahead:

January 20—The second annual Philanthropy Outlook will be released. This installment of the Philanthropy Outlook will predict changes in year-to-year growth rates for philanthropic giving for 2016 and 2017, including overall U.S. giving; giving by individual/households, foundations, estates and corporations; and giving to education.

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Development

We are thrilled that Ann Boyd-Stewart, a graduate of our master’s program, will be joining us in the role of Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations on February 1. She comes to us from Stony Brook University where she is Assistant Vice President for Medical Advancement. She also has a track record of leading successful development operations at Michigan and Chatham Universities. 

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Communications

Our school received great media coverage in late November and December, including in stories by more than a dozen major national media organizations.

Zuckerberg-Chan pledgeOur expertise was sought by several major news media outlets covering the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, including:

Our faculty, staff and research received significant coverage on a wide range of other topics as well.


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