Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

We began the month with the Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society, co-convened by Shariq Siddiqui, Ph.D. alumnus ’14, who is also the founder of the Center for American Muslim Philanthropy and executive director of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). The papers delivered by scholars from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia will form the inaugural issue of a new peer-reviewed journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Associate Dean Patrick Rooney, The Fund Raising School Director Bill Stanczykiewicz and I also met with Joh Duong and Holly McKiernan of Lumina Foundation to explore how we might engage our students with their expertise on innovations in the foundation sector.

I was also honored to finally meet former Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitor (BOV) Chair Don Campbell who has been a pioneer in the field of fundraising consulting but also a historically significant figure in the evolution of our school.

Thanks to an introduction by former BOV Member Jim Morris, I met with Leonard Hoops, president of Visit Indy, to see how the resources of the school could help attract convention business to the city. 

Our own Mike Henderson hosted Melynne Klaus, M.A. alumna ’03 and current BOV Chair, and me for a lunch with Jay Sandhu, a particularly dynamic member of the Butler University Board of Trustees, to introduce him to the school.

Founding Dean Emeritus Gene Tempel facilitated a “convening of partners” that we hosted for Tuskegee University. It brought together a variety of current and potential supporters for this storied institution.

Cindy Simon Skjodt, board of visitors member, generously hosted a luncheon at her home for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI). It provided an opportunity to introduce WPI’s mission and research to new audiences.

Professor Les Lenkowsky treated us to a (bring your own) lunch and learn session on the philanthropic endeavors of our presidential candidates and Will Miller, president of the Wallace Foundation presented on the work of his foundation in advancing education and the arts (see Development's activities recap for more details).

2015-16 Annual Report coverIn concluding the month on September 30, we were honored by a special visit from members of the Lilly family who toured the school, met with Chancellor Paydar, faculty and students, and visited the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library. Additionally, we released the school's 2015-16 Annual Report.

News You Can Use


  • 3-5, Human Needs Index research rollout

Lake Distinguished Visitor Program featuring Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research, Pew Research Center

  • 4, "The Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated: Why a decline in American religion matters to everyone?"
  • 5, "Religion, Politics, and the 2016 Presidential Election"
  • 6, David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving Student Scholarship Competition
  • 6-7, Board of Visitors Meeting, Indianapolis, IN
  • 17-18, Fall break
  • 22-30, IUPUI Homecoming
  • 25, U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy research rollout
  • 26, Michael Thatcher, CEO of Charity Navigator, to speak at IUPUI, Hine Hall Auditorium
  • 28, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Women’s Symposium-Bloomington, IN

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Academic Programs

Recruitment Events

Student Services represented the school and attended several college fairs and other recruiting events this month including visits to the DePauw Graduate Fair, Hanover Graduate Fair, IUPUI Grad EXPO, as well as the College Mentors for Kids event on September 10.

September 21— The Clinton Foundation and the Trump Foundation: Should we care how much presidential candidates give?

During the 2016 election season, Dr. Les Lenkowsky has been interviewed extensively by major national media outlets such as National Public Radio (NPR), Washington Post, Associated Press, The New York Times, and other media about the two leading presidential candidates’ foundations. Professor Lenkowsky provided insights about both foundations and what the candidates’ philanthropy tells us. View Professor Lenkowsky’s presentation

September 24—2016 IUPUI Regatta canal race

The Regatta, an annual boat race on the canal, is one of the largest IUPUI events for students. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy team, the Water Lillies, competed in the boat race, placing 6th out of 10 in their heat! Great job Kinga Horvath, Bin Wu, Abby McIntyre and Ashley Brooks!

We also hosted a table with t-shirts and buttons supporting the team and promoting our school. The artwork on our 2016 T-shirts was designed by Kayla Broughton, B.A. student.

 2016 Regatta Team  2016 Regatta t-shirt

September 25-27Congress to Campus Events

Two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives visited Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) for a “Congress to Campus” events to engage students and provide inspiration leading to greater democratic participation. The visit of Bill Enyart, a Democrat from Illinois, and Ron Sarasin, a Republican from Connecticut, was arranged through the Congress to Campus program of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. The Congress to Campus visit was presented by Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, and School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy students participated in a town hall discussion with the former congressmen when they visited IUPUI. The students asked several questions regarding philanthropy and government during their discussion, with a bit of a lively discussion on the current presidential race.

Philanthropy Research Workshop

The research seminar formerly known as Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies (WIMPS) is now called Philanthropy Research Workshop (PRW). Two presentations were given in September. Check out the rest of the fall lineup!

September 20Measure for Measure: Capturing Generosity in Volunteering

  • Richard Steinberg, Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies, IUPUI
  • Ruth Hansen, Lecturer, Management, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Ph.D. candidate, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI
  • Yuan Tian, Ph.D. candidate and Research Assistant, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI
  • Barbara Duffy, Ph.D. candidate, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI

September 27The Strategic Helper: Narcissism and Prosocial Behavior

  • Sasha Zarins, Research Associate, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI


Staff/Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

Clark, PamelaPamela Clark, Director of Student Services and Admissions, has been selected as the 2016 IUPUI Nan Bohan Community Engagement Staff Award recipient. She was recognized at the Chancellor’s Employee Recognition Convocation held on September 21. In addition, she received an award of $500. She was recognized not only for her work with our students to engage them in the community, but also for her family’s commitment to volunteering. This is a privilege and honor for our school to have one of our employees recognized!

Freeman, TyroneTyrone Freeman, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs, has been selected by ARNOVA as the recipient of the 2016 Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research. The awards committee noted that among the competitive pool, “Gospel of Giving: The Philanthropy of Madam C.J. Walker, 1867-1919,” stood out as “an exceptionally interesting and original contribution to the understanding of philanthropy.” Tyrone will be recognized at the upcoming ARNOVA conference during the awards luncheon to be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 in Washington D.C. Following the luncheon, he and other award winners will present their research in a special mini-plenary session.

Check out Tyrone’s excellent work through IUPUI ScholarWorks

Notes of congratulations from Tyrone’s colleagues:

“Congratulations, Tyrone! And it is worth noting this is the second time in three years a faculty member at LFSOP has won this award. Katie Herrold did two years ago. As one who was privileged to know Gabe Rudney, I think he would be very impressed with the caliber of the faculty LFSOP is developing!”
Leslie Lenkowsky, Professor

“Great points, Les! And let's also note again that Gabe was one of the early visitors who helped us conceive the research agenda for the Center on Philanthropy. So great to have the next generation connect with him.”
Gene Tempel, Founding Dean Emeritus

“Congratulations on this national recognition which is so well-deserved! Due to this national honor you are receiving, I also am excited by the prospect of your research – and the lessons you teach through Madame Walker’s story – expanding and strengthening philanthropic knowledge and practice within our increasingly diverse society. Outstanding!”
Bill Stanczykiewicz, Director, The Fund Raising School

IU Emeritus Professor John H. Stanfield, II, African and African Diaspora Minister and Public Sociologist and Faculty Affiliate in the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has been appointed, as a possible first for an American, as Post-Retirement Distinguished Research Fellow at the rank of Research Director in the South Africa Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Research Programme on Democracy, Governance, and Service Delivered. His focus will be on multicultural restorative justice in national governance, civil society, and in residential communities in South Africa and in other African Slavery Legacy Societies such as Brazil and the United States. HSRC is the largest government based social sciences and humanities research institute in Africa and one of the largest in the world.

September 29Dwight Burlingame gave an invited lecture at the Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) International Conference on Social Work and Philanthropy, organized by 2014-15 Fulbright Visiting Scholar and SYSU Dean ZHU Jiangang. His attendance was supported by the Sun Yat-sen University Research School of Philanthropy, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and the IUPUI Office of International Affairs. Guangzhou, China

September 30Dwight Burlingame gave a lecture to master's students at Sun Yat-sen’s School of Philanthropy, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

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International Programs

September 1-2Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society —“Philanthropy and Civic Engagement: Imagining Faith through Practice”

The Center on American Muslim Philanthropy (CAMP) hosted its first annual Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society—“Philanthropy and Civic Engagement: Imagining Faith through Practice.” The Center is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting scholarly research, promoting strategic philanthropy, and enhancing professional development in the field of Muslim philanthropy. The Symposium was held in partnership with Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the IUPUI University Library. Its proceedings will be published in the inaugural Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society published with assistance through a partnership with from Indiana University - University Library - Indianapolis.

As sociologist Robert Wuthnow observed of voluntary associations in the United States, faith-based groups are “one of the most important places in which people learn transferable civic skills (1999: 333). Rooted in Wuthnow’s insight, this first Symposium’s focus on —“Philanthropy and Civic Engagement: Imagining Faith through Practice” is designed to foster and disseminate groundbreaking research, from a global perspective, on the intersection of the role of philanthropy and the other activities of Muslims as faith-based actors committed to fostering ethics and practices which encourage other citizens to engage in civic activities and modes of participatory governance.

The Symposium included scholars from Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Turkey, UK, and US.

IUPUI Study Abroad Photo Contest

Meng-Han Ho, doctoral student was named a finalist in the Community Choice photo competition. View the finalists’ photos here.

Photo description: Tutti is a Sudanese vegetarian restaurant nearby the IU Europe Global Gateway Office in Berlin. Tutti, as to its name, is a restaurant for animals, for humans, and for refugees.

Study Abroad Photo Competition

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

September 28—Cindy Simon Skjodt, a member of the school’s board of visitors, hosted her second luncheon for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI). These engagement events provide an opportunity to introduce WPI’s mission and research to new audiences, including individuals with strong connections to Indiana University (IU).

Dr. Debra Mesch, WPI Director, facilitated a lively conversation about the key roles women play in shaping philanthropy. Event attendees included IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, MaryEllen Bishop (IU Trustee), Becky Brooks (BOV member), Irene McCutchen (former BOV member), Myra Selby (former BOV member), among many other distinguished community leaders.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

September 1Karen Lake Buttrey Director David King attended the Muslim Philanthropy Conference held here in Indianapolis, IN.

September 2-4David King attended a meeting in Los Angeles, California with the Christian Community Development Association.

September 8-9—David King and Lake Managing Director of Education and Engagement Melissa Spas led a private, tailored course titled “Personal Finance” for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship organization in Decatur, Georgia.

September 26-29Melissa Spas led a four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

September 29-30David King attended a Governing Board meeting for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Decatur, Georgia.

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September 2—Director of Research Una Osili, participated in the school’s Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society in Indianapolis. The symposium was attended by international scholars from Israel, Indonesia, Egypt, UK, Turkey and the US. Dr. Osili chaired a session on Muslim philanthropy in practice.

September 7—Una Osili traveled to Washington, DC to meet with leadership at the Salvation Army.

September 14—Giving in Puerto Rico was released in San Juan, PR. The study examines household giving patterns and behaviors in Puerto Rico. Una Osili, director of research, and Jacqueline Ackerman, project manager, traveled to San Juan where Dr. Osili presented at a rollout event hosted by Flamboyan Foundation and Kinesis Foundation, the project’s supporters. The audience for the event included foundation and nonprofit leaders, media, students, and others interested in growing philanthropy in Puerto Rico. View the press release and full report.

September 16—Una Osili participated in the Tuskegee University Fall 2016 Convening of Partners in Indianapolis. It was a national convening of key partners for Tuskegee University. Dr. Osili presented on the philanthropic landscape.

September 21—The research team released a new research whitepaper on planned giving, The 2016 Planned Giving Study: Building Lasting Legacies: New Insights from Data on Planned Gifts. Read the press release and download the whitepaper.

September 26Una Osili served as the co-facilitator with George Ruotolo, for the Giving USA 2016 Annual Report on Philanthropy webinar hosted by Ruotolo Associates. The webinar highlighted data from the Giving USA 2016 Annual Report on Philanthropy, including trends in charitable giving that emerged in 2015. The audience was made up of fundraising and nonprofit professionals.

Looking ahead

October 25—The 2016 Bank of America/U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy will be released.

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September 30—Propelling Arts and Education presented by Will Miller, President of the Wallace Foundation

Mr. Miller presented a stimulating presentation regarding the Wallace Foundations’ unique philanthropic approach to propel arts and education across the United States. The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that traces its origins back more than a half century to the philanthropic impulses of DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Under President Will Miller’s leadership, the foundation continues to improve education for disadvantaged children as well as the vitality of arts for everyone. As of today the foundation is among one of the nation’s 50 largest independent, charitable foundations with assets of $1.4 billion. Mr. Miller has longstanding civic, nonprofit and philanthropic leadership experience – including his time as chairman of Irwin Management Co and board member of Cummins, Inc. both in Columbus, Indiana.

Looking Ahead

October 6—The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving winners will be selected at 4:30 p.m. at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis. Finalists for this $2,500 prize for a traveling scholarship of nonprofit exploration will present to a panel of judges who will select one undergraduate and one graduate winner. Each winner also receives $1,800 to grant to 1-3 registered nonprofit(s).

To celebrate the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s 30th Anniversary (1987-2017), we are kicking it off with a Leadership Giving Campaign! Simply stated this is a dollar-for-dollar match from the school for gifts from former and current members of our board of visitors. 

  • Our pool of matching funds is limited to $100,000, and gifts must be received in full before December 31, 2016.
  • While every dollar counts, a minimum gift of $1,000 ensures your gift will be matched.
  • Contributions of at least $2,500 before the end of the calendar year, will ensure a fellow is designated in your honor for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • When successfully completed, the school will award $200,000 for fellowship funding during our anniversary year.

We welcome the following gifts from alumnae Melynne Klaus and Kim Gattle and former board of visitors member Harriet Ivey: The Klaus Family Anniversary Fellow, The Gattle Family Anniversary Fellow and The Harriet Ivey Anniversary Fellow.

Contact Ann Boyd-Stewart at with any questions and/or interest in creating your own fellowship.

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  • Dean Pasic’s opinion editorial on the strength of philanthropy research was published by Inside Philanthropy.
  • Debra Mesch was quoted and WPI’s research was cited in a Financial Times article about how women’s success in business is helping to expand their philanthropy.
  • A Washington Post article on the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture quoted Dean Pasic.
  • The Wall Street Journal published an opinion editorial by Les Lenkowsky and Suzanne Garment on how generous this year’s presidential candidates are and whether voters should care. The article is available to subscribers only. He has been quoted in several articles about the candidates’ charitable giving and their foundations, including:
  • Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report quoted Patrick Rooney in a story about Donald Trump’s estate tax plan.
  • The Deseret News quoted Tim Seiler in an article about how arts institutions are adapting to fundraising in the digital age.
  • A Colorado Springs Gazette article on the anniversary of Sept. 11 cited Sara Konrath’s research on empathy and philanthropy.
  • published a column by Richard Gunderman about why money is a poor way to measure generosity.
  • An article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that U. of Chicago economist John List is being appointed the Visiting Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at our school.
  • Andrea Pactor gave The Chronicle of Philanthropy podcast on engaging female donors.
  • An Inside Higher Ed story on a librarian’s bequest to a university being used to fund an athletics scoreboard quoted Dean Pasic.
  • The NonProfit Times quoted Una Osili in an article on our recently released Giving in Puerto Rico study.
  • Our research for Giving USA was reported by Jweekly.
  • An Indianapolis Business Journal article about the new CEO of the Indiana American Red Cross quoted Dean Pasic.
  • The Indianapolis Star reported on our student event with Team Kids.

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