Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

Whenever our Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors gather it is a pivotal moment for the school, an occasion to mark our progress and to gather advice on our ambitions. I was pleased with the attendance from our Hoosier-based champions as well as those board members who had to travel to be with us. The board approved a new lifetime membership category, reviewed task force progress, and discussed how to better disseminate the wealth of research conducted at the school.

We were also pleased to be joined by the alumni board and a number of dynamic guests who were introduced to a group of our Ph.D. students as well as attended a talk by Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Callahan, DavidWe served as the first book tour host for The Givers, written by David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy. Our Professor Les Lenkowsky helped lead a lively discussion about the power of wealth to affect public policy through philanthropy. Check out Les’ review of the book on theconversation.com/us.

Tempel, Gene and MarySince 1989, IUPUI schools and units have honored individuals, corporations, and foundations with the annual Spirit of Philanthropy Awards. The awards celebrate the gifts and volunteer service the recipients have bestowed on the campus. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Indiana University School of Nursing were proud to jointly honor Gene and Mary Tempel at the April 4 luncheon and awards ceremony.

The Community and Economic Development for Community Foundations Conference was co-hosted by the Council on Foundations and the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Speakers and participants included experts from the Council on Foundations, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and Indiana philanthropic and economic development institutions. The workshop was moderated by Mark Sidel, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations.

I also attended the 2017 Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase which honors faculty, staff, and community partners. Our Professor Julie Hatcher plays a key role in this effort through her role as executive director of the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, IUPUI.

Rhodes, TaylorPowell, AnnaAmong those recognized were Pamela Clark, director of student services and admissions, and bachelor’s student Anna Powell and master’s student Taylor Rhodes were recipients of the 2017 William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion. Another of our excellent master’s students Tianqi Song presented a poster on celebrity philanthropy with co-authors Professors Genevieve Shaker and Sarah Nathan

Elite 50 2017The 2nd Annual Elite 50 Celebration Dinner recognized and rewarded achievement outside the classroom among our 8,100 graduate and professional student population. Award winners  from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy were master’s students Imoleayo Adeyeri and Molly Braden.

Charles Murray, the author of Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, was greeted by some controversy on the Bloomington campus. However, I had an opportunity to attend a breakfast with him in Indianapolis to discuss some of the conditions that led to our current political cleavages.

Aviv, Diana We welcomed distinguished visiting practitioner and visiting fellow Diana Aviv, who spoke about her role as the CEO of Feeding America and the new strategic initiatives that are underway to battle hunger in our country.

Crowther, ErinAt the IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation held on April 21, I had the honor of escorting graduating senior Erin Crowther who was recognized as an IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholar for her record of outstanding academic achievement.

Tyrone Freeman, assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs, was awarded the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award for his excellence in teaching. Lehn Benjamin and Tyrone Freeman were also honored in the category of “Prestigious External Award Recognition Recipients.”

Perhaps the highlight of the month, however, were the graduating bachelor’s students’ capstone presentations, during which they have to synthesize and reflect upon their philanthropic studies education as they seek to engage and influence an audience that will take them to their next destination. It is encouraging and inspirational to see the creative and the methodical approach, combining “heart and head” of these young leaders who are poised to shape our futures. We look forward to following their achievements.

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May

  • 30 – May 2, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference Exhibit, San Francisco, CA
  • 1, Last day of classes
  • 2, Charitable Advisors event (Genevieve Shaker-panelist)
  • 2-7, IUPUI Finals Week
  • 3, At the invitation of *Subcommittee Chairman/Senator Todd Young, Una Osili will testify at a hearing on “Global Philanthropy and Remittances and International Development” in Washington, D.C.
    *Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
  • 13, Graduation Reception, 4:30-6:00pm, NCAA Hall of Champions – Christine Grant Ballroom
  • 14, IUPUI Commencement (Mother’s Day)
  • 15-17, The Salvation Army’s Human Needs Index Anniversary rollout
  • 29, Memorial Day - OFFICE CLOSED

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Academic Programs

 April 11Taylor Rhodes, M.A. student, and Anna Powell, B.A. ’16 and current M.A. student, received the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for their outstanding community commitments to service and civic engagement on the IUPUI campus and in the broader community.

April 21IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation

Graduating senior Erin Crowther was recognized as an IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholar for her record of outstanding academic achievement. She was escorted by Dean Pasic.

Philanthropy Ambassadors Club (PAC), undergraduate student group

April 3—PAC elected new officers for the 2017-2018 year:

  • President: Joe Drummond
  • Vice President of Outreach: Taylor Parker-Wright
  • Director of Service: Macy Jackson
  • Director of Events: Zoey Johnson
  • Secretary: Katie Waggoner
  • Design Chair: vacant

April 4—PAC had Peer Advising Night where they all sat down to plan out their fall class schedules. Students were able to get help from Pamela Clark, director of student services and admissions, and ask each other questions about which classes to take (and which classes to avoid). This is a reoccurring event that everyone always loves!

Philanthropy Research Workshop

April 4-Jennifer Brass, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU
"What Have We Studied? What Have We Found? A Systematic Review of the NGO Literature"

April 11-Karen Sonnelitter, Assistant Professor of History, Siena College
“Every True Friend and Lover of his Country”: Philanthropy and Soldiers’ Children in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

April 18-Coco Kou, Ph.D. Candidate
Sara Konrath, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IU
"Dispositional Empathy and Diversification of Monetary and Non-Monetary Prosocial Behavior”

April 25-Erica Kohl Arenas, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management, The New School
"Progressive Philanthropy in the Trump Era: Will a New Labor Movement Unite the Left?"
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 Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

April 3Greg Witkowski, associate professor of philanthropic studies, met with the Carnegie Corporation's Geri Mannion in New York. He also conducted research that same week with colleagues at the Rockefeller Archive Center and the Yale Divinity School Library.

April 7—Patrick Rooney, associate dean for academic affairs and research, attended the Independent Sector Public Policy Committee Meeting in Washington D.C.

April 10–13Patrick Rooney, associate dean for academic affairs and research, traveled to San Diego to work with the University of California on interviewing case study participants for the research department’s paper, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Freeman, TyroneApril 21Tyrone Freeman, assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs, received the IUPUI PEAR Award (Prestigious External Award Recognition) for his research on Madam C.J. Walker and African American philanthropy, and he was awarded the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award for his excellence in teaching.

Benjamin, LehnApril 21Lehn Benjamin, associate professor of philanthropic studies, was also honored in the category of “Prestigious External Award Recognition Recipients” at the IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation.

Gen Shaker book coverApril 29Professor Genevieve Shaker’s book, Faculty Work and the Public Good, received the "2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Honorable Mention." The awards ceremony were held at the annual meeting of the Society of Professors of Education (SPE), which takes place during the annual AERA convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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International Programs

April 13Eisenhower Fellow Sbu Myeni, CEO of Imbeleko, visited the campus and gave a presentation on her youth development work in South Africa, hosted by the Philanthropic Studies Society.

Students are preparing to travel to Berlin in late May for the study abroad program Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context. Stay tuned for the student blog.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

April 7-8Melissa Spas and Mary Paxton taught a Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) seminar for the United Church of Christ in Wichita, KS.

April 10—Lake Institute hosted their Research Advisory Committee for a day-long conversation on shaping a national study of the Economic Practices of American Congregations.

April 24-25David King helped facilitate a two-day meeting of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.’s Economic Challenges Research Group.

April 27-28—Both David King and Melissa Spas taught at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s “Personal Finance” seminar in Decatur, GA.

April 29—The third of three CCCG classes was taught for Everence in Ashland, OH.

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Research

April 3Una Osili, director of Research, was interviewed by Jason Beaubien, National Public Radio, on the topic of philanthropy in the subsector of international aid, relief, and development.

April 5Una Osili, director of Research, was invited to serve as a speaker at the State Street Global Advisors Charitable Asset Management 2017 Gift Planning Conference in Boston. Her presentation was titled, “The Power of Data to Change Philanthropy.”  

April 6Una Osili, director of Research, and Deb Mesch, director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, were invited to speak at the Greater Giving Summit, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their presentation was a post-event activity at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitors Center. The presentation was titled, “Power Players: Women and the Future of Philanthropy.”

April 11Una Osili, director of Research, was invited to co-present for the CCS Fundraising Webinar with Lindsay Marciniak, senior vice president at CCS. The presentation was titled, “Beyond Borders: Trends & Strategies in Global Giving.”  

April 20Una Osili, director of Research, was interviewed by Jeff Lewis, Wall Street Journal, on the topic of philanthropic giving in Latin America, including current trends and history of giving in the region.

March 29-30—Several members of the research staff participated in the second annual America’s Role in the World conference at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies in Bloomington. The non-partisan conference was co-convened by two of America’s most esteemed voices in foreign policy, Sen. Dick Lugar and Rep. Lee Hamilton.

Looking Ahead

May 3—At the invitation of *Subcommittee Chairman/Senator Todd Young, Una Osili will testify at a hearing on “Global Philanthropy and Remittances and International Development” in Washington, D.C.
*Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy

May 15-19—During Salvation Army week, we will launch the Human Needs Index “reboot” and quarterly update.

June 13Giving USA 2017 release


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Development/Alumni Engagement

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Over *$8,000 was raised for programs all across the school from 89 donors. (*Additional gifts were made through the school's website.)

With the crowdfunding campaign matching contribution included, this means nearly $15,000 was raised for three deserving out-of-state executive master’s philanthropic studies student fellowships.

IU Day 2017 Fundly

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Communications

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required) published an op-ed about the relationship between religious affiliation and giving written by Bill Stanczykiewicz and informed by an interview with David King.

Genevieve Shaker was quoted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in a major article on celebrity fundraising.

The Rochester, MN, Post-Bulletin published a complimentary and informative article written by a participant in a recent The Fund Raising School course.

An Indianapolis Business Journal story about whether and how Indiana nonprofits attract grants from national foundations quoted Tim Seiler extensively.

An article in the Indianapolis Business Journal about philanthropist Christel DeHaan quoted Les Lenkowsky.

Bill Stanczykiewicz was quoted in an Indianapolis Business Journal story about a new service an Indianapolis consulting firm is offering to small and mid-size nonprofits that can afford consulting services.

TheListtv.com aired a story about apps that help people help others, which included a segment on the Random Acts of Kindness (RAKi) app developed by Sara Konrath, Sasha Zarins, and colleagues.

A Grist.org  article about finding ways to give to one’s favorite charitable causes quoted Bill Stanczykiewicz.

Xiaonan Kou was quoted in a makeitbetter.net  story about how to find one’s philanthropic passion.

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