Dean's Update

Dean Amir PasicThis past month we were pleased to welcome Craig Leach, CEO of Graham Pelton, as the newest member of our Board of Visitors. We will be sharing more information about Craig and his engagement with our board and school in an upcoming issue.

Indy Do DayOn the first weekend of this month, about a dozen students and staff, and a staff spouse, joined me to support the school’s contribution to Indy Do Day, a people-powered community day of service when the residents of Indianapolis take ownership of their neighborhoods and take care of their neighbors. We gathered at the Indianapolis Humane Society to help improve the appearance and functionality of their grounds. 

A trip to Washington, D.C. followed as we joined the Salvation Army to release the Human Needs Index at the National Press Club on October 7.  It was terrific to see Una Osili, director of research, and Adriene Kalugyer, manager of public affairs, engage with colleagues at the Salvation Army who have been steadfast partners over the years in developing this new tool for measuring need. We look forward to continuing our work together as we update the Index. I hope you caught the op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that accompanied the release.

My time in Washington, D.C. also presented opportunities to meet with Guidestar, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), the National Council on Family Philanthropy, BoardSource, the Gates Foundation, and the Council on Foundations, where we have three recent alumnae working in key positions. All of these vital organizations embrace our work and are keen to collaborate.

University Hall DedicationOn returning to Indianapolis, we joined Chancellor Paydar, President McRobbie and IU trustees to formally dedicate our new home, University Hall. Additionally, the rededication of the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, brought together a remarkable group of the school’s alumni—the Jane Addams Fellows. These highly accomplished fellows formerly studied with Bob Payton, philanthropy pioneer and the Center on Philanthropy’s first full-time executive director, and approximately 25 of them came from across the country to participate in the Payton Symposium which they organized. We were pleased that one of the fellows, David Wilkinson, director of the White House Office of Social Innovation, took time to speak with students and faculty about his role at the White House and how his education through the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy prepared him for his current responsibilities.

In the middle of the month, we were honored to have Lake Institute on Faith & Giving host Henry Timms as the 2015 Lake Distinguished Visitor. Henry is a true trailblazer, and he participated in a number of events during his time in Indianapolis.

The Carnegie Medals of Philanthropy were awarded in New York City on October 15. One of the recipients was Chuck Feeney, our inaugural recipient of the Stead Medal in International Philanthropy. He was represented by his daughters and the president of the Atlantic Philanthropies. It was interesting to hear Judy Woodruff, master of ceremonies, and several of the recipients mention facts about national giving trends that come from the research that we do at the school. On my return, I sent all the recipients a copy of Giving USA so that they know the source of their facts. While in New York I had the pleasure of debriefing with Board of Visitors member, Becky Brooks, as well as David Morse of the Atlantic Philanthropies.

As the month closed we were pleased to host the Rosso Medal and Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner and the 28th Annual Symposium here in Indianapolis. Thank you once again to all of our sponsors, Tim Seiler and Dwight Burlingame, co-chairs, and Nancy Bell, events coordinator. There were many engaged conversations happening across social media as well. Check out and join the conversation at #symp28.

Rosso Medal recipients 2015Shaker, GenevieveI would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the 2015 recipients—Edith Falk and Lilya Wagner (Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising) and Genevieve Shaker (Distinguished Alumni Award).

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  • 2-3, Indiana Youth Institute Kids Count First Conference
  • 5-6, Lake Advisory Board Meeting
  • 10, Women Give report rollout
  • 10, 2nd Stead Lecture – Kenneth Prewitt with panelists Dr. Dewayne Matthews from Lumina Foundation, Christie Gillespie from United Way of Central Indiana, and Dr. Catherine Herrold from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • 12, Indiana Conference for Women – Deb Mesch/Una Osili will be presenting. Maureen Hackett and Kelly Hackett will be featured speakers as well.
  • 16, Coutts Million Dollar Donor Report release
  • 16, Special Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies (WIMPS) with Dr. Thomas P. Boje
  • 18, IN Philanthropy Day/National Philanthropy Day
  • 18, NACC Fall Member Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • 19-21, 44th Annual ARNOVA conference, Chicago, IL
  • 25-27, Thanksgiving break for students
  • 26-27, Thanksgiving-office closed
  • 30, Classes resume

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Academic Programs

Philanthropy Ambassadors Club (PAC)—undergraduates

  • October 6—Life After Undergrad: Panel
  • October 13—Peer Advising Night
  • October 21—Pumpkin Carving Party

Looking ahead:

February 18-19, 2016

Hoosier Philanthropy: Understanding the Past, Planning the Future

The call for papers submission deadline is December 4, 2015. A book based on papers presented at this conference is planned.

If you are interested in presenting, contact Greg Witkowski at with questions. The conference will provide an opportunity to engage long-time supporters of the school, as well as invite new collaborators so please forward the call to anyone who may be interested in presenting.

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

October 2Patrick Rooney, associate dean for academic affairs and research, attended First Fall 2015 meeting of the Notre Dame Advisory Board, of which Patrick is a member.

On behalf of the school and Dean Pasic, Gene Tempel attended and spoke at Procura's 20th Anniversary conference. Procura continues to be a partner of The Fund Raising School and is the most significant organization enabling the development of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and philanthropy in Mexico and Latin America. Marcela (director of Procura) and Alexis Rovzar both served on our Board of Visitors.

“Congratulations on the 20th Anniversary of the founding of Procura! My colleagues at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, in particular The Fund Raising School, and I are delighted to have you as partners in building and strengthening nongovernmental organizations and philanthropy in Mexico and Latin America.”

-Dean Amir Pasic relayed by Gene Tempel

Gil Latz, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, IUPUI; Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University; Professor of Geography, IUPUI; Affiliate Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Invited panel commentator, Shibusawa Eiichi Kinen Zaidan no Chosen (Rediscovery of the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation), Japanese Business History Annual Conference, Osaka, Japan, 9 October 2015.  The panel coincided with the Japanese publication of the same name, by Fuji Shupan Sha, 2015.  The English version of the publication is: Gil Latz, Ed. Rediscovering Shibusawa Eiichi in the 21st Century: The Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation, 1999-2014.  The Japan Journal: Tokyo, Japan, 2014.

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International Programs

October 16Dean Kajri Misra of the School of Rural Management at Xavier University in Orissa, India met with school and campus leadership to explore opportunities for joint faculty research and student exchange.

October 28–31—Professor Jiangang Zhu of our partner Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China brought a group of eight entrepreneurs on a study tour of philanthropy in the United States, to include site visits in Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, and New York. Their time in Indianapolis included academic instruction and professional training at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, as well as time with the leaders at Lilly Endowment and the Central Indiana Community Foundation. 

Looking ahead:

November 7—The Initiative on Philanthropy in China, funded by a multi-year $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, will host a final scholar roundtable in Beijing, timed to coincide with another conference at our partner Tsinghua University.

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

October has been another busy month on the road for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI). Highlights include presentations by Dr. Debra Mesch, WPI Director, at the Exponent Philanthropy CONNECT conference and the annual conference of the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) within a week of each other. Exponent Philanthropy, formerly known as the Association of Small Foundations, and NCFP are membership organizations primarily addressing the interests of small and large family foundations along with donor-advised funds. This year represents the first time WPI has been invited to speak to each group and is an indication of the growing awareness about the role of gender in philanthropy. 

WPI also presented at:

  • Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network’s Symposium for Women in Leadership (Andrea Pactor)
  • Wells Fargo Women, Money, and Philanthropy seminar in Louisville (Debra Mesch and Andrea Pactor)
  • Arizona State University Women & Philanthropy opening program (Debra Mesch)
  • Key Bank’s Key4Women audio conference (Debra Mesch)
  • Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s 2015 Symposium (Debra Mesch, Maureen Hackett, and Kathleen Loehr)

October 14Dr. Mesch was also quoted in a New York Times article about gender differences in political giving. 

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

October 1-2David King attended the Duke Convocation of Christian Leaders in Durham, NC. Leadership Education at Duke Divinity Schools hosts these convenings in order to encourage collaboration and spark Christian imagination.

October 12David King led a one-day tailored training seminar for a group of Salvation Army ministers and leaders in Indianapolis, IN.

Timms, HenryOctober 14-15—Lake Institute hosted Henry Timms as the 2015 Lake Distinguished Visitor. During his visit Timms meet with seven different audiences to discuss global philanthropic movements and how the crowd is challenging traditional leadership models. He shared lessons learned, fundraising best practices, trends and how #GivingTuesday is an example of “new power” at work.

October 26-29—Bill Enright and Phil Jamieson led a four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course at Menucha Retreat and Conference center in Corbett, OR.

Walton, JonathonSAVE 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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October 7—The research department released the Human Needs Index, a project funded by the Salvation Army. The media rollout took place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and featured Dean Amir Pasic and Dr. Una Osili, director of Research. Key media pieces about the Human Needs Index include an article in the USA Today, and a Wall Street Journal op-ed co-authored by Dean Pasic and the Salvation Army’s National Commander, David Jeffrey.

October 23Dr. Osili presented at the NCPP conference in Orlando, FL alongside Claudine Donikian, president and CEO of Pentera. The presentation shared new research on planned giving and legacy society members.

October 27Dr. Osili presented at Blackbaud’s bbcon conference in Austin, TX. She shared insights on women in philanthropy and their role in household giving as part of a panel entitled “Big Ideas: Your Future Donor.” 

October 30Dr. Osili participated in the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Symposium on a panel entitled “Giving Days… Every Day.”

Looking ahead:

November 16—the research department will partner with Coutts & Co. to release the third annual Million Dollar Donors Report.

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The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy seeks an Assistant Dean for Development that will provide exceptional leadership for the school’s development and alumni relations operation. The incumbent will have a commitment to creative teamwork and constant improvement through new knowledge. As a member of the School’s senior leadership team, the Assistant Dean will represent the school’s pioneering role in the field. If you know someone that might be a great fit to join our team and for a full job description, please visit our website.

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The school’s media coverage was especially good in October. In a period of about a week and a half, the school and its faculty and staff were published, quoted or cited once in USA Today, twice in The New York Times and twice in The Wall Street Journal.

  • The USA Today article focused on the new Human Needs Index, the school’s research partnership with the Salvation Army National Headquarters.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages published an opinion editorial about the Human Needs Index by Dean Pasic and the Salvation Army’s national commander, Commissioner David Jeffrey.
  • The Wall Street Journal quoted Una Osili in an article on program-related investments.
  • Debra Mesch was quoted extensively in The New York Times’ article about differences in men’s and women’s political and charitable giving. The story was picked up by the Christian Science Monitor and other media outlets as well.
  • Les Lenkowsky was quoted in The New York Times’ article on pro football’s anti-racism initiative.

The Human Needs Index also sparked articles in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Inside Philanthropy, Next City, The Indianapolis Star, Inside Indiana Business, and The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Other key media coverage this month included:

  • Master’s student Ian Ermatinger-Salas’ win of a scholarship for international volunteering during Leon Logothetis’ visit to the school was the subject of an Indianapolis Star article.
  • An Indianapolis Business Journal article exploring why Indiana nonprofit executives’ salaries generally lag those of their peers in other states quoted Patrick Rooney extensively.
  • Dwight Burlingame was quotes in a Minneapolis Star-Tribune story about the Best Buy founder’s philanthropy.
  • Sara Konrath’s was quoted and her research on philanthropy, health and happiness was cited in a story in the Pueblo (Colorado) Chieftain.

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