Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

Our staff and faculty involved in student recruitment met with consultants from Ruffalo Noel Levitz to get a reality check on our in-person recruitment practices as well as our preparations to roll out an online program for our Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree. It was recently approved by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education. 

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving welcomed Alan Cooperman, director of religion research at Pew Research Center, as their annual Lake Distinguished Visitor. He spoke enthusiastically on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated as well as the role of religion in our presidential election. 

2016 DAA Trollinger and PasicOur Board of Visitors meeting again served as a moment of synthesis to consider our progress and to feature and celebrate the talents of our accomplished students who competed for the David Nathan Meyerson Prize (see more in the Development section). We also used the occasion to recognize Dr. Richard Trollinger (M.A. '02) as the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, and benefitted from our Alumni Board joining our task force deliberations.

I attended the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s first ever Innovation Conference and learned how technology visionaries are tackling social problems. While in San Francisco, I was pleased to see the president of the Foundation and our visiting fellow, Emmett Carson, champions of our school Charles (M.A. ’14) and Christine Tomberg, long-time friend of the school Janice Gow Pettey, as well as School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) alumnus Andrew Dunckelman and his colleagues at Seventeen Chinese graduates of our Executive Management Program with the China Global Philanthropy Institute gathered in the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library for their capstone presentations, then donned colorful caps and gowns to receive their certificates. 

I participated in a stimulating session of the Independent Sector Program Committee in Washington D.C. as this key organization charts its next phase of service to our civil society. Gene Tempel and I had the pleasure of engaging the board of the Kiwanis International Foundation with a program on board best practices, and Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO, visited the school and gave a public talk titled “Who Decides Who Rates: Thoughts on the future of evaluating charities" and spent a full day with our faculty and students. 

News You Can Use


  • 3-4, Lake Advisory Board Meeting
  • 7, Steve Rum, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine presents “The Hopkins Way: Bringing Evidence and Ethics to Medical Fundraising”
  • 15, Women Give 2016 research rollout
  • 16-18, Independent Sector conference, Washington, DC
  • 17, Alumni Reception, Washington, DC (host: Jeff Richardson, IU Alumnus, M.P.A.)
  • 17, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Indiana Awards Dinner & Ceremony
  • 17-19, ARNOVA conference, Washington, D.C.
  • 23-25, Thanksgiving break (students)
  • 24-25, Thanksgiving-OFFICE CLOSED
  • 28, Classes resume
  • 28, Coutts Million Dollar Donor research rollout

Study Abroad Scholarship

Application deadline: December 3, 2016

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Academic Programs

NEW COURSES-SPRING 2017; Please help us spread the word!

Race, Social Justice, and Philanthropy

  • Undergraduate course
  • P330-Spring 2017
  • Instructor: Michael Twyman

Diversity and Culturally-Responsive Philanthropy

  • Graduate course
  • P530-Spring 2017
  • Instructor: Michael Twyman

Celebrity Philanthropy

  • Undergraduate course (Open to non-majors!)
  • P330-Spring 2017
  • Instructors: Gen Shaker, Sarah Nathan, and Gene Tempel
  • Great course overview! VIDEO

Chalk it out!October 12—CHALK IT OUT!

In partnership with the It’s On Us campaign to stop sexual assault and because advocating for causes is one definition of philanthropy, some of our passionate students organized a “sidewalk chalk quilt” event and brought awareness to sexual assault on campus.

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Alumni Updates

Trollinger, RichardRichard Trollinger honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Richard Trollinger has been named the second annual recipient of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Distinguished Alumni Award. The vice president for college relations at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, Trollinger is one of the nation's top experts in educational fundraising.

Trollinger earned a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2002. He also earned a bachelor's degree at Emory and Henry College, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Kentucky.

“Richard embodies the marriage of practice and scholarship which is a distinct characteristic of Lilly Family School of Philanthropy alumni. We are very proud to follow his long and distinguished career and to name him as our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient,” said Ann Boyd-Stewart, assistant dean of development and alumni relations.

Dooley, TaylorOctober 22—One of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) two Stonewall Awards, awarded annually at the Harvey Milk Dinner was awarded to Taylor Dooley, a recent alumna of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and IUPUI Honors College (B.A. ‘16). She was recently hired to work part-time at the new LGBTQ+ Center in the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and has been instrumental in advancing the climate for LGBTQ+ students at IUPUI over the last two to three years.


Staff/Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

October 6-9—Tyrone Freeman, assistant professor and director of undergraduate programs, presented “The Big-Hearted Race Loving Woman: Madam C.J. Walker and Black Philanthropy in the Midwest, 1910-1916” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Richmond, VA.

October 17-18—Tyrone Freeman was a featured panelist for the opening plenary for the national Assessment Institute 2016 in Indianapolis. Also, he and Richard Turner, emeritus professor and chair of English, presented “Don’t Let Your Studies Interfere with Your Education: Using Capstone ePortfolios to Document Student Learning Outside the Classroom” at the same institute.

October 20—The Board’s Role in Serving the World’s Children Today, Tomorrow, Forever

  • Kiwanis International Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
  • Amir Pasic, Eugene R. Tempel Dean
  • Gene Tempel, founding dean emeritus, professor of philanthropic studies

Sara Konrath, assistant professor of philanthropic studies, and Sasha Zarins, research associate, presented their work on using mobile phones to increase empathy and prosocial behavior at three conferences this month.

Dr. Greg Witkowski, professor of philanthropic studies, co-edited a book titled German Philanthropy in Transatlantic Perspective: Perceptions, Exchanges and Transfers since the Early Twentieth Century

  • Discusses changes in German philanthropy throughout the 20th century
  • Examines the relationship between philanthropy and civil society throughout the multiple regime changes in Germany
  • Explores the transnational exchange between German and American philanthropic organizations

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International Programs

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Study Abroad Scholarship

To support and encourage international educational experiences for students through participation in approved, credit-bearing study abroad courses.


  • Any philanthropic studies undergraduate, graduate, or certificate student, full or part-time.
  • Recipients will be selected on the basis of need, merit, and motivation.
  • Preference given to students who have never had an opportunity to study overseas.

Individual awards up to $3,500. Undergraduate students may also apply for RISE scholarship funding. All students are encouraged to apply for the IUPUI International Experience Scholarship as well.

Deadline: December 3, 2016


October 3—We welcomed a delegation from University of Swaziland and the University of Swaziland Foundation. Discussions included The Fund Raising School, higher education fundraising, and the executive master’s program.

October 5—Mark Sidel, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair on Community Foundations, collaborated with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).

Implications of the Chinese Foreign NGO Law for International Educators: Conference Call with Mark Sidel

There were over 77 registrants and more than 60 participants on the call, which represented 10 organizations in international education and 58 AIEA member institutions.

Colleges and universities across the United States and beyond have been deeply concerned about how restrictive moves in Chinese policy may affect the work that US institutions are doing in China – work that ranges from student recruitment to foreign study, language training, graduate student and faculty research, joint research, and many other forms of cooperation. Central to these concerns has been the new Chinese Law on the Management of the Domestic Activities of Foreign Nongovernmental Organizations, which was adopted in April and goes into effect in January 2017. 

Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Consultant for Asia at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), graciously presented information on a conference call on this topic in October for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) members. The conference call provided information on the law and how it may affect US higher education institutions as well as the implications of other Chinese policy shifts. Following a brief outline of the law, Mark Sidel answered questions from members on implications for Senior International Officers.

Gil Latz is serving as president of AIEA this year.

  • Professor of Geography
  • Affiliated Professor of Philanthropic Studies
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, IUPUI
  • Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University
  • Review Editor, Asian Perspective
  • President, Association of International Education Administrators, 2016-17

October 10—Dr. Songyan CHU paid a visit to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. CHU is an alumna of Beida (PKU) and was a visiting fellow at the Center on Philanthropy in 2010.  She is a visiting scholar at the IU School of Global and International Studies in 2016–2017.

October 11—Dr. Jing ZENG of the China Global Philanthropy Institute visited and met with faculty and administrators to explore opportunities to partner with CGPI, which emerged from Beijing Normal University’s China Philanthropy Research Institute with a gift from Bill Gates, Ray Dalio, and several Chinese funders in 2015.

October 13–14—The third and fourth cohorts (17 graduates) of the Executive Management of Philanthropy visited to receive their certificates. A panel presentation on impact investing and global philanthropy included Dwight Burlingame, Debra Mesch, Russell Menyhart, Shariq Siddiqui, and Gene Tempel. EMP participants gave (9) capstone presentations to highlight their philanthropic work in China.

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EMP 2016 capstone  EMP 2016 graduates

October 31—The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy was invited by Rockefeller Brothers Fund to host the inaugural Richard Rockefeller Fellows for one week to provide an overview of the philanthropic sector in the United States in preparation for their six-month fellowship with RBF. In addition to academic instruction from Dwight Burlingame, Kathi Badertscher, and Sara Konrath, the Fellows visited the Christel De Haan Family Foundation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Second Helpings, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, and Indy Reads Books. 

About the 2016–2017 Fellows

About Richard Rockefeller

About the Fellowship

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) reports that interest in learning more about gender and philanthropy continues to grow among diverse groups. In October Dr. Debra Mesch travelled to Greenwich, CT thanks to Board of Visitors member Rebecca Lilly Brooks who introduced her to the leaders of Impact Fairfield County, a new giving circle in the area. Dr. Mesch presented the keynote address at the group’s first meeting of the year. 

Closer to home, WPI Associate Director Andrea Pactor presented two sessions for the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network – one, a full day workshop on working with men and women donors in Evansville, IN and the other in Bloomington, IN for the Women’s Leadership Conference.

Jacquie Ackerman, assistant director of research and partnerships, joined Andrea Pactor for a presentation about women and philanthropy for Executive Women in Finance, a new group in Indianapolis, IN which includes bankers, attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors.   

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

October 4Melissa Spas presented at a Lilly Endowment and Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) sustainability workshop for campus ministries in Indianapolis, Indiana.

October 4-5—The annual Lake Institute Distinguished Visitor lecture took place, featuring Alan Cooperman of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He presented two lectures: “The Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated: Why A Decline in American Religion Matters To Everyone” was held Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Alan gave a lecture titled, “Religion, Politics, and the 2016 Presidential Election.” This was presented jointly by Lake Institute and the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.

October 5-6—Lake Institute hosted three focus groups for Patricia Herzog, assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and co-director of the Center for Social Research. A part of the new Emerging Leaders Study (ELS), this research focused on millennials and the influences that shapes faith, work, education, and giving. The participants, both emerging and established, were from three sectors: religion, philanthropy, and nonprofit.

October 6Melissa Spas presented at the 30th anniversary gathering of Communicators for Women Religious in Indianapolis, Indiana.

October 6-7David King attended the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Board of Visitors meeting.

October 11Mark Petersen from Stronger Philanthropy interviewed David King for a podcast to be posted on their website.

October 13McCormick Theological Seminary hosted a retirement celebration for former director Bill Enright for his many years of service with Lake Institute and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in attendance.

October 14Everence hosted and led a Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) event in Salem, Oregon.

October 15-16Melissa Spas and David King presented at the annual gathering of the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ Indiana.

October 17Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota held an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising program. Melissa Spas instructed the four-day event.

October 17-19The Association of Statisticians of Religious Bodies held a conference in Waco, Texas. Both David King and Thad Austin, graduate assistant, presented at the event.

October 21-28Thad Austin attended the international Movement Day gathering at the invitation of Irene and Bill McCutchen.

October 25—The third national Advancing Mission gathering conference was held on the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. Both David King and Melissa Spas were presenters at the event.

October 25—Lake Institute’s Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) scholarship program opened. There will be 10 candidates selected, each of who will receive $625 off their program fees.

October 27-28Melissa Spas attended a design party on innovation at The Riverside Church in New York City.

October 28—A tailored Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) program for the Reformed Church of America was led by Melissa Spas.

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October 13—Una Osili, director of research, participated in an Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Campus orientation event for new faculty concerning research. 

October 17-19—Una Osili traveled to Morocco to present at the African Philanthropy Forum. The 2016 African Philanthropy Forum provides philanthropists and social investors on the African Continent with the opportunity to consider the critical and strategic roles that they have to play individually and collectively.

October 21—Una Osili traveled to Washington, DC. She participated in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Board meeting

October 25—The research team released The 2016 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, our sixth publication of this study. The study examines the giving and volunteering trends, behaviors, attitudes, and priorities of wealthy American households. This year’s study features an enhanced methodology which gave us latitude to analyze new areas of research, including giving by subsector demographics, participation in impact investing, beliefs about restricted and unrestricted giving, and contributions to political activities. This year’s study additionally includes an expanded appendix with detailed analysis of giving and volunteering behaviors based on age, gender, sexual orientation, and race.

View the press release and the full report

Looking Ahead

November 15—Women Give 2016 report will be released

November 28—4th annual Coutts Million Dollar Donor report will be released

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October 6David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving

Meyerson winnersCongratulations to graduate student Josh Moore and undergraduate student Abigail McIntyre, who were selected as winners of the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving. Moore and McIntyre will receive $2,500 each for domestic travel, lodging and expenses to be used for a traveling scholarship of nonprofit exploration. Each will also receive $1,800 to grant to 1-3 registered nonprofit(s).

The competition, held October 6 at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis, was in honor of David Nathan Meyerson, exemplifying those who are deeply committed to helping people in need. To be considered for The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving, applicants were chosen through a 700 word essay contest: “What does it mean to help people in need?” Ten finalists were then presented to a panel of judges and the public in a 5x5 competition - 5 minutes and 5 slides. Two winners were chosen: one graduate and one undergraduate student.

October 6—Richard Trollinger honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Read more in the above Academic Programs/Alumni Updates section.

Toqueville Lecturers

Through the generous support of the Apgar Foundation, two Toqueville lecturers have joined us in Bloomington, IN. Geoffrey Kabaservice, award-winning author and former history professor at Yale University, and Robert T. Gannett, Jr., Executive Director of Chicago’s Institute for Community Empowerment, shared their insights on American civil society through the historical lens of Alexis de Tocqueville’s works.

October 6-7—Board of Visitors Meeting Guests

Amanda Kamman is vice president of development for Project Lead the Way and before this she was director of fundraising at the IU McKinney School of Law. Amanda is no stranger to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as she earned her certificate in fundraising management and nonprofit executive leadership.

Dr. Rose Mays is professor emerita of the IU School of Nursing, member of the IU Foundation Board of Directors, recipient of the IU Medal of Excellence, and we are proud to note, that along with her late spouse, Bill Mays, they will be honored as the recipients of the 2016 Indiana Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Philanthropy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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, Kim Gattle, Harriett Ivey and an anonymous donor: The Klaus Family Anniversary Fellow, The Gattle Family Anniversary Fellow, The Harriett Ivey Fellow, and The 30th Anniversary Fellow.

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

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