On June 1, I was pleased to join Jud Fisher, M.A. 2007, president, and Jenna Wachtmann, M.A. 2015, program officer, at the Ball Brothers Foundation Spring Reception in Muncie, Indiana, where we cheered the accomplishments of the city's community leaders.
We were pleased to join with the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership in hosting Antoine van Agtmael in Indianapolis. Van Agtmael, who coined the expression "emerging markets," spoke about his new book, The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hot Spots of Global Innovation. He spoke about the role of philanthropy and community "connectors" in spurring collaborative innovation that is transforming many rustbelt cities.
I visited some of our affiliate faculty in Bloomington this month and met there with the deans of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS). We were also happy to welcome Ronit Segelman, M.A. 2015, back to her alma mater as we discussed her work to support philanthropy in Israel.
Of course, the highlight of the month was the launch of Giving USA 2016. I joined Una Osili and about a half dozen alumni at an event hosted by CCS in Washington, D.C. Panelists included Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler, president & CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Jarl Mohn, president & CEO, NPR, and Robert Kissane, president, CCS.
We also had interesting conversations about possible collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and with Steve Churchill, president of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. President Brian Johnson of Tuskegee University, who was a fellow with us some years ago, paid a visit and we discussed ways of working together.
June included a trip to Denver where I had an opportunity to catch up with Board of Visitors memberJerre Stead and to introduce the school to two major foundations in the city—the Daniels Fund and the Gill Foundation.
The Fund Raising School hosted the Leadership Roundtable aimed at providing experienced fundraising professionals with the latest research on philanthropy. The two-day event featured an in-depth look at the implications of the new Giving USA 2016 report, and John Duong, director, strategic impact investments and social innovation, Lumina Foundation, gave a terrific presentation on strategic social investment.
As the month concludes I am looking forward to meeting with Marissa Manlove, president and CEO, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and Claire Fiddian-Green, president and chief executive officer, Fairbanks Foundation. I will also be catching up with departing Board of Visitors member Ted Grossnickle. We will miss him, but plan to draw on his expertise and affection for the school even as he relinquishes his formal duties.