Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

We began the month of February by hosting Amanda Moniz, David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Our faculty and students were keen to learn of philanthropy programs at the Smithsonian and to support this signal effort to portray the seminal role of philanthropy in our nation’s history. On a brief trip to New York City I had the pleasure of visiting with Board of Visitors Member Gail Freeman, Saleem Badat of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sarah Mishurov of Hearst Foundation, Julie Sandorf of Charles H. Revson Foundation, and Visiting Fellow Suzi Garment who is authoring a book on philanthropy and public policy with our own Les Lenkowsky. We look forward to increasing awareness of our school in this important city. 

Back in Indianapolis, our Board of Visitors Chair Melynne Klaus arranged an engaging encounter with Bill Marshall, president, and Elizabeth Kaznak-Hall, director of programs, of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. In Naples, Florida I joined the Indiana University Foundation meeting and took the opportunity to visit with Ted and Debbie Lilly and present them with the IU President’s Circle Award

Kristol, BillWe welcomed longtime The Fund Raising School Faculty Member and advocate of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Kay Sprinkel Grace to discuss her rich repertoire of international activities. We also hosted Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, for a lunch talk at the school during which he shared his astute commentary on the turbulence in our national politics and the potential we might have to renew our civil society. 

We have also been fortunate to interview some truly excellent candidates for our two open faculty positionsCharles Stewart Mott Chair in Community Foundations and Professor of Philanthropic Studies. Additionally, we had a visit from Steve Churchill, president of Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), to discuss ways we could collaborate with his group.

Finally, I had the privilege of being part of two very special events. During a spirited gathering of IUPUI Alumni Leaders Dinner, Jeannie R. Sager, M.A. ’03, was awarded the Maynard K. Hine Medal for exceptional service to the university’s alumni community. And our students, led by co-chairs Kyla Elizabeth Allen-Brown and Chanae Palmer, organized an inspiring program to celebrate Black Heritage Month that featured videos, a poetry reading, an exhibit of local art, and a rousing keynote by The Reverend Winterbourne Harrison-Jones, M.A. ‘16.

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March

  • 7, Celebrating Global Philanthropy—indices transfer from the Hudson Institute to IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Washington, DC; Senator Todd Young, U.S. Senator from Indiana to speak.

Co-hosted with Mark Sidel, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair on Community Foundations, and Shariq Siddiqui, Executive Director of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

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March 14-15

2017 WPI Symposium“Dream. Dare. Do.” is the signature conference of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This major national event spotlights women's energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and philanthropic engagement as they seek solutions to pressing challenges. Leading speakers will focus on the “why” and “how” rather than the “how-to,” providing attendees with an opportunity to examine and reflect on the trends, developments, and the future of women’s philanthropy.

March 30

Patel, EbooDiversity and interfaith cooperation is the topic for this year’s Thomas H. Lake Lecture hosted by the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. Eboo Patel, author of Interfaith Leadership, will present this year’s lecture on Thursday, March 30, 2017, Indianapolis.

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Academic Programs

Rosie Tarlton, B.A. student was featured in a recent inside IUPUI article.
Recovered Riley kid gives back with IUPUI Jagathon

February 23—Mott Chair Community Foundations Workshop (Mark Sidel)
Philanthropy in a New Era: The Future of the Community Foundation Business Model 

Philanthropy Research Workshop

February 14Yan Long, Assistant Professor, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University
“The Contradictory Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989-2013”

February 21James C. Cox, Director, Noah Langdale Jr. Chair in Economics; Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar; Director, Experimental Economics Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
"Moral Costs and Rational Choice: Theory and Experimental Evidence"

February 28Dana Brakman Reiser, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
"The Social Enterprise Life Cycle"

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Staff/Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

Patrick Rooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, is involved with two faculty searches: Charles Stewart Mott Chair in Community Foundations and Professor of Philanthropic Studies.

Kent Philanthropy Conference 2February 14— Understanding Fundraising conference in Canterbury, England, hosted by the University of Kent’s Centre for Philanthropy

Sarah Nathan (Associate Director, Public Programs, The Fund Raising School), Genevieve Shaker (Assistant Professor), and Ruth Hansen (Doctoral Candidate) gave invited presentations.

  • Kent Philanthropy ConferenceDr. Nathan was the keynote speaker and presented, “Fundraisers in the 21st Century.”
  • Dr. Shaker presented a paper, “From college agents to development professionals: today’s higher education fundraisers,” and was a panelist for, “Understanding fundraising: what don’t we know and what can we do about it?”
  • Ms. Hansen presented a paper, “Discretion is key: some factors in fundraisers’ interpersonal communications with donors.”
  • The February conference was attended by some 150 practitioners and academics from around England.

Article from the University of Kent

Katie Herrold, assistant professor of philanthropic studies, with co-authors, Neal Caren and Sarah Gaby published an article, “Economic Breakdown and Collective Action” in the journal Social Problems. Read the article.

February 2Katie Herrold, assistant professor of philanthropic studies, presented a paper at the International Studies Association convention in Baltimore, MD, entitled, “Foundation-Government Relations in Mubarak and Post-Mubarak Egypt: Implications for Foundations’ Roles in Political Reform.” 

February 11Charles Bantz, Professor & Chancellor Emeritus, IUPUI, presented "Servant Leadership: Then & Now" as the keynote address to the Emerging Leaders Workshop sponsored by IUPUI Honors College.

Laura Littlepage’s article “Fostering Public Service by Linking Benefits to Community, Campus, and Students: A Case Study” was accepted for publication in the International Society for Third-Sector Research for the 12th International Conference Working Paper series.

Richard Steinberg wrote a paper with Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Alumna Ellie (Heng) Qu (Assistant Professor, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University) "Charitable Giving in Nonprofit Service Associations: Identities, Incentives, and Gender Differences.” It was accepted for publication in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is first author.

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International Programs

Sheatufim-IsraelFebruary 15-17—Faculty from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy assisted Sheatufim, the Israel Center for Civil Society, in conducting the first Israeli Philanthropic Institute. Thirty-three foundation staff, government officials, and NGO executives attended the program, which was held at Sheatufim’s headquarters at Beit Yehoshua, near Tel Aviv.

Senior counsellor, Leslie Lenkowsky, and affiliate faculty member (and School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) assistant professor) Jamie Levine Daniel, provided instruction, which focused on trends in philanthropy in the United States and other parts of the world, as well as the challenges facing philanthropists in Israel. The institute was developed by Ronit Segelman, M.A. ‘15 and director of philanthropy for Sheatufim.

February 20—Student organization China Philanthropy Leadership Initiative (CPLI) held the first student forum of a series called “Tomorrow Leaders for Global Philanthropy,” which included presentations by students from around the world on a current issue relative to philanthropy in their respective home countries.

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

Dr. Debra Mesch, Women's Philanthropy Institute Director, presented a session, Women: From Passenger to Driver of Philanthropy, at Indiana University’s Winter College in Naples, FL. She shared some of the growing body of research about gender differences in philanthropy and engaged the audience in dialogue around their personal experiences with philanthropy. 

Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) is gearing up for its triennial symposium which is March 14-15 in Chicago. The Shaw-Hardy Taylor Achievement Award for moving women’s philanthropy forward will be presented at the symposium. 

March 14-15-“Dream. Dare. Do.” is the signature conference of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This major national event spotlights women's energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and philanthropic engagement as they seek solutions to pressing challenges. Leading speakers will focus on the “why” and “how” rather than the “how-to,” providing attendees with an opportunity to examine and reflect on the trends, developments, and the future of women’s philanthropy.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

February 6-9—Melissa Spas led a full cohort of our Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising at first-time host, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

February 9-10—David King attended the Governing Board meeting for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship organization. The meeting was held in Decatur, GA.

February 11—Melissa Spas led the first of three Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity classes for the Reformed Church of America in New Paltz, NY.

February 14-15—Melissa Spas presented in Nashville, TN, on religious fundraising and stewardship through the Presbyterian Foundation at a conference of Presbyterian ministers in their first five years of ministry.

February 18—Lake Institute graduate assistant Thad Austin and adjunct faculty member Phil Jamieson led the second of three Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosit (CCCG) classes among TN United Methodists in Jackson, TN.

Lake Institute Adjunct Faculty Member Beryl Jantzi led the second of the three-part Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) program through Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH.

February 21-23—David King presented the keynote lecture, “The Landscape of Religious Philanthropy and the Future of Faith-Based Fundraising” at the Association of Theological Schools’ 2017 Development Officers’ Conference in Orlando, FL.

February 26-28—Lake Institute on Faith & Giving hosted a convening, “Thought Leaders: Expanding the Conversation on Faith and Philanthropy” in Indianapolis, IN.

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Research

February 7Una Osili, director of research, was invited to present at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Doctoral Seminar program. She discussed research funding opportunities and resources available for doctoral students.

February 8-9Una Osili, director of research, was invited to present at the Salvation Army USA Southern Territory Community Relations & Development Conference in Atlanta. She provided a plenary presentation on the Human Needs Index and two plenary sessions.

February 13Una Osili, director of research, was invited to participate in the Wall Street Journal’s Big Issues panel discussion with Mark Wilhelm, professor of economics. The topic was “How to teach your child to be a philanthropist.” The discussion will result in a print article by Victoria Dagher.

February 23Una Osili, director of research, was invited to participate in the visit from the American City Bureau Staff to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She presented about the school’s current research projects and the ability to conduct customized training.

Looking Ahead: 

March 7—The launch event for the Global Indices project will take place in Washington, D.C. with host Hudson Institute. Senator Todd Young from Indiana will speak.

March 21—The Giving USA Religious Spotlight will be released.

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Communications

The New York Amsterdam News published a profile of our alumnus George Suttles, M.A. ‘13.

The New York Times quoted Les Lenkowsky in a story about the Clinton Foundation and how it may fare in the Trump era.

Random App of Kindness

Sara Konrath was featured on local ABC affiliate, WRTV Channel 6, in a story about the Random App of Kindness that she and colleagues developed to teach children and teens to be more empathetic.

Media coverage about the app in Lexington, KY:

An article in Think Advisor cited Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s research on how couples give to charity.

Pro Bono Australia published an article about our Philanthropy Outlook 2017 & 2018.

Jane Chu, Ph.D. ‘12, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairwoman was mentioned in a New York Times article regarding potential arts cuts under the Trump administration.

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