Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

Before students returned to campus for the start of the spring semester, we opened the New Year by welcoming our colleagues from the Giving Institute and the Giving USA Foundation. Colleagues discussed the current iteration of Giving USA, and we were pleased to see this 16-year partnership flourishing as Giving USA enters its 61st year.

I also attended the custom fundraising course for Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) deans that was masterfully conducted by our own Tim Seiler, Rosso Fellow in Philanthropic Fundraising and Clinical Professor of Philanthropic Studies. Ann Boyd-Stewart, our incoming Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, was also able to participate in this exercise as she prepared to formally join us today, February 1st.

We were also pleased to welcome our Visiting Mott Chair, Mark Sidel, who led the first of four workshops on community foundations that he has crafted for the spring semester. Mark is an expert on the law and philanthropy in global context, and he is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin. Colleagues from Indiana’s community foundations joined our faculty and students in a stimulating afternoon. Completion of the community foundations course will be based on students writing a paper and attending the series of workshops.

Diana AvivWe also welcomed Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, to campus to discuss our plans for her engagement with our school. She will serve as our Distinguished Visiting Practitioner and Visiting Fellow from January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.

Additionally, we released The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017, which analyzed dozens of economic indicators to develop a national forecast for fundraising possibilities in the next two years. And The Fund Raising School launched a new Leadership Roundtable to engage practitioners with a review of our newest research in conjunction with the publication of the 4th edition of Achieving Excellence in Fundraising.

I concluded the month with a visit to our nation’s capital for a meeting with Independent Sector’s Program Committee as well as meeting with alumni and donors.

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News You Can Use


  • 2, “War and Human Capital: Growing Up During the Nigerian Civil War”-Una Osili
  • 8-10, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Conference Exhibit, San Diego, CA
  • 11, Community Foundations and Community Philanthropy Workshop 2 of 4-hosted by Visiting Mott Chair in Community Foundations (Mark Sidel)
  • 16, CCS webinar in partnership with Women’s Philanthropy Institute, “The Power of Women” with Debra Mesch and Una Osili
  • 18-19, Hoosier Philanthropy Conference
  • 21-23, ALDE Conference – Dr. Debra Mesch is presenting a session
  • 22, CST-AIEA 2016 Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 25, Joseph T. Taylor Symposium


Join us this spring for these thought-provoking special events; watch our website for more information coming soon!

March 31
Walton, JonathonThomas H. Lake Lecture
Guest speaker: Jonathan Walton, Ph.D.
Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and
Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and
Professor of Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School

March 31 - April 1
Community Foundations and Community Philanthropy Research Conference

Hosted by: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair on Community Foundations Mark Sidel, Ph.D.
Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison and
Member, Council on Foundations Community Foundations National Standards Board

April 6
Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy Lecture

Guest Speaker: Helmut K. Anheier
President and Dean, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Academic Director, Centre for Social Investment

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Academic Programs

January 14—Community Foundations and Community Philanthropy Workshop (1 of 4)

The key issues and challenges facing community foundations and community philanthropy: Indiana and beyond.

This workshop was chaired by Mark Sidel, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations.

  • Rosemary Dorsa, Vice President, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program
  • Jennifer K. Bartenbach, Chief Financial Officer, Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Mary Gibble, President, Hancock County Community Foundation
  • Jennifer Pendleton, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Boone County

Ruby Nell Bridges HallJanuary 28Ruby Nell Bridges Hall visited the school. Una Osili, Director of Research, made this exceptional connection with her. While here, she also met with Dean Amir Pasic, Patrick Rooney, Tyrone Freeman, Jacquie Ackerman, and Bill Stanczykiewicz.

She was visiting Indianapolis for some meetings at the Children’s Museum (an exhibit there on The Power of Children features her work), and she wanted to learn about the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s programs and tour the school. She is also interested in our expertise on corporate partnerships and best practices for nonprofits. 

Ruby Nell Bridges Hall is an American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana during the 20th century. She attended William Frantz Elementary School.

January 29Tracey Carisch, Indiana University alumna, joined us for a talk about her travels and service to others with her family. In spring 2014, Tracey Carisch left her successful career and with her husband and their three young daughters embarked on a journey around the world that would take them through 24 countries on six continents over the next 18 months. At the heart of their decision to take this dramatic life turn was the increasingly frenetic pace of modern family life. As the family assisted with education programs in Ethiopia, cared for dying animals in Thailand, served drug addicts in Bolivia and helped with dozens of other projects around the world, the family gained a new perspective. Her blog,, chronicled the family’s adventure with her writing and her husband’s photography.

Looking ahead:

Hoosier Philanthropy Conference: Understanding the Past, Planning the Future

February 18-19, 2016

Eugene and Marilyn Glick
Indiana History Center
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

January 14Patrick Rooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, presented at the Community Foundations and Community Philanthropy workshop hosted by Mark Sidel, Visiting Mott Chair in Community Foundations.

January 25-26Patrick Rooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, presented at The Fund Raising School’s Leadership Roundtable about Giving USA 2015 and Giving by High Net Worth Households.

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International Programs

We are still accepting applications for the study abroad program “Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context,” which will take place this May in Berlin. Students from any Indiana University campus are eligible to participate, and community members may be accommodated. 

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

Looking Ahead:

The Power and Influence of Women in Philanthropy webinar
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 ~ 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Research about gender in philanthropy is playing an increasing role in transforming behaviors of donors, nonprofit leaders, and fundraisers. In this webinar, Drs. Debra Mesch and Una Osili, along with CCS Senior Vice President & Managing Director Caroline Chick, will share new research recently conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This new data affirms the power and influence of women in the charitable giving process.

In addition to talking about motivations for giving and household decision making, Mesch and Osili will present the first detailed research exploring the landscape of giving to women and girls.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

January 2-5Thad Austin and Winterbourne Jones presented at the Academy of Preachers National Festival in Lexington, KY. The title of the seminar was How to Live a Generous Life: Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity across the Generations.

January 7-8David King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director, presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting.

January 25-28Bill Enright and Marc Kirchoff led a four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.


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 the public.

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January 5-6—The research team hosted Giving USA Foundation representatives at the school. The group met to plan for Giving USA 2016 and beyond, as well as to discuss methodological updates to Giving USA.

January 7Dr. Una Osili, Director of Research, presented at the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s webinar on the outlook for 2016. Dr. Osili was joined by representatives of Network for Good, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Philanthropic Trust.

January 20—The second annual The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 study was released in partnership with Marts and Lundy. This installment of The Philanthropy Outlook predicts 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.

Read the press release >>

Access the full report and more information >>

January 26Melanie McKitrick presented on The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 at Marts and Lundy’s staff conference in San Diego, CA. She was joined by Dr. Una Osili and Jon Bergdoll by phone. 

January 26Dr. Patrick Rooney, Associate Dean of Academics and Research, and Dr. Una Osili, Director of Research, presented on key research projects at The Fund Raising School’s Leadership Roundtable. Topics included Giving USA, The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017, and the Human Needs Index.

January 28—The Research department hosted civil rights activist, Ruby Nell Bridges Hall, at the school and coordinated various discussions on the field of philanthropy.

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We are thrilled that Ann Boyd-Stewart, a graduate of our master’s program, will be joining us today, February 1st, in the role of Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations. 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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Our release of The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 in partnership with Marts & Lundy garnered good coverage in the philanthropy media and some initial coverage among mainstream media, including articles by:

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The NonProfit Times
Nonprofit Quarterly
Philanthropy News Digest (Foundation Center)
Fundraising Success and its newsletter Nonprofit PRO Today
Inside Higher Ed
Indiana Public Media/Network Indiana
Inside Indiana Business

Sara Konrath’s research on the health benefits of volunteering was featured in an article in The Atlantic, which was also picked up by Nonprofit Quarterly.

Inside Philanthropy published an extensive profile of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the work that Deb Mesch, Andrea Pactor, Una Osili, Jacquie Ackerman and our Research team are doing, as well as an article on the importance of the research being funded by the new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Gates Foundation grant for women’s philanthropy research was reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The Acton Institute Power Blog published a post on our Human Needs Index, produced with The Salvation Army.

A Marketplace Radio story on volunteering as a way to observe Martin Luther King, Jr., Day included a quote from Tyrone Freeman.

University Hall, our new building, was featured in an article in Green Building News, reprinted from School Construction News.

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