Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic 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.

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  • 5-7, 2016 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network National Conference & Leaders Institute, Portland, OR
  • 8, “Town Hall” with Team Kids
  • 19, Welcome Back get together for students with Dean Pasic
  • 19, M.A. orientation
  • 22, Classes resume
  • 26, Party (taco & ice cream) Bar for B.A. students

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Academic Programs

Erin Crowther

The school’s Student Services team participated in a number of conferences this month to meet and recruit prospective students. Pamela Clark and student Erin Crowther attended the Kiwanis Key Club national conference in Atlanta, GA, where Erin gave a presentation on “Making Your Passion Your Profession.” Pamela also participated in the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Foundation (HOBY) conference in Chicago and the Forum of Regional Grantmakers conference in Indianapolis.

Salvatore AlaimoSalvatore Alaimo, associate professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University, and a Ph.D. alumnus of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, presented his documentary, What is Philanthropy? to our faculty, staff, students and community partners. Through video clips of popular movies and interviews with people with multiple perspectives on philanthropy (including several faculty and students of the school), the documentary explores the depth and breadth of philanthropy.

Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

Kirsten GrønbjergKirsten Grønbjerg participated in the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) conference in Stockholm, Sweden from June 28 through July 1 and was part of the opening plenary on “Nordic Civil Societies – Mutations and Continuity.” She also was part of a session on “Reconceptualizing the Third Sector: Towards a New Consensus” commenting on a conceptual framework developed by Lester Salamon of Johns Hopkins University and his associates. And she gave a presentation with Steve Rathgeb Smith, executive director of the American Political Science Association on “Nonprofits and Public Policy.”

Ellie QuRichard Steinberg and 2016 Ph.D. graduate Ellie Heng Qu presented “Dirty Data Done Dirt Cheap” at the ISTR conference. The paper applies a mathematical peculiarity used in forensic accounting to detect possibly fraudulent data to 990 data on U.S. nonprofits.

Faculty members Julie Hatcher,Genevieve Shaker, and Tyrone Freeman published, “Faculty Learning Communities: Taking Collective Action to Improve Teaching and Learning in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies” in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (vol. 6, no. 3), an article which presents the groundbreaking curriculum and faculty development work done at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as a model for the field.

Tim Seiler led a two-hour workshop for the IU School of Nursing’s dean, her staff, and her Board of Advisors on the role of an advisory board, including their role in fundraising.

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International Programs

Mandela Fellows

Twenty-five fellows of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a flagship program of President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative, participated in numerous programs and activities with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, as well as other IUPUI and IU schools and units, during July. The fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, were selected based on their accomplishments in promoting innovation and positive change in their nations.

Our school facilitated visits and participation in service activities for the fellows at four Indianapolis nonprofit organizations—The Julian Center, Indiana Youth Group, Indy Urban Acres, and the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis—on July 18 in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day. They exchanged ideas and insights with staff and constituents of the nonprofits about how communities in the U.S. and Africa might improve lives of youth and women and advance global health and environmental sustainability.

Mandela FellowsOn July 26 and 27, the fellows returned to our school for two days of workshops and seminars as well as site visits to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Lutheran Child and Family Services, and Second Helpings, before completing their time in Indianapolis at the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation. The program concludes with a summit with President Obama in Washington, DC. The 2016 fellows recorded a special song inspired by the fellowship and leadership activities, about inspiring youth through music and giving a message of hope, titled “It’s a Brand New Day,” and signifying “there is hope, we are the hope.”

Opportunities to host the fellowship program are highly sought after, and IU and other host universities were chosen through a highly competitive selection process. We are honored that they spent a portion of their time with us.

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute has been working intently in recent weeks to increase understanding of women’s philanthropy in far-flung locations. Debra Mesch convened the WPI Research Committee to discuss various research projects related to the three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Ellen RemmerIn late July, Mesch and former BOV member and current WPI Council member Ellen Remmer facilitated a lively discussion about the future of women’s philanthropy with guests at the home of BOV member Maureen Hackett on Nantucket.

WPI Associate Director Andrea Pactor presented sessions at two conference for practitioners in July. The STAFF conference (Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals) represents fundraisers who work with aspects of the annual fund at 44 select liberal arts colleges around the country. This group was particularly interested in gender differences in donor engagement. Andrea partnered with the Aspire Research Group to present a session at the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) conference for prospect researchers. 

The two practitioner groups—annual fund staff and prospect researchers—are key audiences to learn more about gender and philanthropy as they have copious opportunities to share the message across their organizations.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

July 25-28 William Enright and Melissa Spas taught the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising four-day course at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.

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Una Osili gave a presentation for Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates staff on trends that will influence philanthropy in the near future and issues in the philanthropic marketplace.

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Harriet Ivey Capstone AwardThe Lilly Family School of Philanthropy received gifts and pledges totaling $6.7 million during our 2015-16 fiscal year, which closed July 1. Our goal for the next three years is to raise $8 million per year to help us achieve our $50 million goal for the IU Bicentennial Campaign.

Shanel Poole, second-year master’s degree student, received the 2016 Harriet Ivey Capstone Award and attended MCON in Washington, DC. MCON is a conference focused on millennials who care about social change, founded by alumnus Derrick Feldmann.

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The Huffington Post published a blog post by Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council Member Dianne Bailey about WPI’s recently released research on giving to women and girls.

An op-ed about the effect of presidential campaign donations on philanthropic fundraising written by The Fund Raising School director Bill Stanczykiewicz and incorporating the school’s research was published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

IndyHub published a blog post about nonprofit founder and current student Shanel Poole and how the education she is receiving at the school is helping her achieve her dreams.

ExpatriatesGene Tempel and Diane Thomas of The International Center were featured in an Inside Indiana Business television segment about our joint program, Civic Engagement for Expatriates.

Una Osili was quoted in an Indianapolis Star article about efforts to fight poverty in Indianapolis and in an Arizona Daily Star article about higher education fundraising.

Les Lenkowsky was quoted in a Washington Post story about a charity scandal and another Washington Post article about plans to honor Muhammad Ali by increasing participation in public service. He also was quoted in an Indianapolis Star story about plans to fund part of an expansion of the city’s transit system through creation of a foundation.

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