We are pleased to welcome Jud Fisher, a master’s degree alumnus, as our newest member of the Board of Visitors. And we were thrilled to hear that member Jerre Stead and Mary Joy Stead were presented with The Alzheimer’s Association’s Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award for Alzheimer’s Research.
After Independence Day I joined the Giving Institute Summer Symposium and a panel of terrific colleagues for a discussion of the stories behind the Giving USA study. Our Giving Institute partners were welcoming, engaged, and eager to work with us to advance philanthropy.
I used the occasion of this trip to the West Coast to visit former Board of Visitors member and inaugural C.S. Mott Chair in Community Foundations Emmett Carson. We had a good discussion about trends in philanthropy and what Emmett is seeing from the vantage of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
I then stopped in Palo Alto where I met master’s alumnus Erdal Yildirim, general manager of the Koç Foundation. He is in residence as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford finishing his book on Turkey’s new foundations.
While in the neighborhood, I also called on Faye Twersky, director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to brief her on our school and to discuss the state of the infrastructure that supports philanthropy in our country.
On July 11, we welcomed the newest executive master’s degree cohort to campus. The same week I also had the honor of representing the school in conversations with Pat Roe and Carol D’Amico of USA Funds, with Len Betley of the Regenstrief Foundation, and with former Board of Visitors member and former IU trustee P.A. Mack. On Bastille Day, we hosted a screening of Ph.D. alumnus Savatore Alaimo’s award-winning documentary What is Philanthropy?
On July 18 we welcomed 25 of the most promising young African leaders interested in civic engagement through the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program. Our school is providing two days of programming for this exceptional group. Another impressive group of Indianapolis based expatriate executives graduated from the inaugural Civic Engagement for Expatriates Workshop that we conducted for The International Center in Indianapolis with the support of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.
Associate Dean Patrick Rooney and I had a productive discussion with Nick Deychakiwsky of the Mott Foundation when he came to town, and we also welcomed Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, for her first visit to our new building. The month concluded with meetings at the Children’s Museum with Jeffrey Patchen and Jennifer Robinson, as well as a productive lunch with our chair Melynne Klaus and master’s alumnus Derrick Feldmann.