Dean's Update

Dean Amir PasicMarch included the official announcement of our master’s program now also being offered entirely online. This new option offers our students convenience while maintaining the high quality that has always been a hallmark of our master’s degree. Online students will learn from the same expert faculty and study the same curriculum as students who are in on-campus classrooms, but with more flexibility. I encourage you to learn more and spread the word.

Online MA

I’m also pleased to announce that on-campus master’s students who are passionate about protecting the environment will have an opportunity to make that passion their profession and become Indiana’s environmental leaders of tomorrow as the result of a $100,000 gift from the McKinney Family Foundation to the school celebrating our 30th anniversary. Four master’s students will be named McKinney Family Philanthropic Fellows.

We had three remarkable gatherings this past month that speak to the talent and commitment of our faculty, staff, and students—all trailblazers expanding our community of philanthropic discovery.

Visiting Fellow Emmett Carson, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, joined us to begin the month. In addition to several days of meetings with faculty and students, Emmett kicked off our first-ever Diversity and Philanthropy Summit. You can watch his inspiring remarks here. The video also includes the full proceedings of the well-attended summit hosted by the historic Madame Walker Theater Center. 

Diversity and Philanthropy Summit

The summit commenced with opening remarks by event sponsor representative, Pat Roe of Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds). And, expert panelists included Nelson Colon of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, Susan Johnson of Lumina Foundation, Ben Maulbeck of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Makeba Morgan Hill of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Joining them were our own professors Tyrone Freeman, Debra Mesch, Una Osili, and Michael Twyman. The summit will inform our future efforts to advance the understanding and practice of diversity and philanthropy. 

Young, ToddThe following week in our nation’s capital we were joined by Senator Todd Young of Indiana to celebrate global philanthropy on the occasion of the transfer of the Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances and Index of Philanthropic Freedom to our school. We were made to feel very much at home by our friends at Hudson Institute as Professor Una Osili and I accepted the charge to continue to develop these seminal research projects on international philanthropy. More than 100 leaders in international development and philanthropy applauded the work of the founder of the Indices, Dr. Carol Adelman, who will join our faculty and help move us forward. Not only did we help create a new appreciation for the strength of Indiana and Indiana University in leading research and innovative approaches to international partnerships, but we acquired a new resource that will serve to connect a global network of scholars and analysts to our school. Watch the video.

With snow threatening many parts of the country our intrepid speakers and attendees made it to Chicago for DREAM. DARE. DO. Women, Philanthropy, and Civil Society, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s Symposium. The energy was infectious as over 300 participants, including Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors Members Stephanie Goodrid Lawson and Alisa Hendrix, took part in a unique learning experience during which I had the pleasure of interviewing Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, board chair and president for Charles Schwab Foundation. Carrie is an eloquent spokesperson for authentic philanthropic commitments.

Back in Indy we welcomed two important scholars. Paul Schervish, professor emeritus and director (retired) of Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, presented “Found in Translation: The Bearing of Research on Wealth and Philanthropy for Understanding All Giving.” Teresa Bejan, associate professor of political theory and a fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford presented “Mere Civility?”

Lyons, AlAnd last but certainly not least, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Al Lyons, Ph.D. ’09. Al earned his doctorate in philanthropic studies at Indiana University and was one of the first four recipients to earn a Ph.D. in this field. He taught courses at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) in nonprofit management and arts administration. Some Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty, students, and alumni helped celebrate his life on March 29 in Bloomington, Indiana. Please read more in the Academic Programs recap, including remarks given by Les Lenkowsky at the service.

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  • 20-21, Board of Visitors meeting
  • 20-21, Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting
  • 27, Podcast-Topic: Living Generously Website launch (Achieve, Una Osili)
  • 30 – May 2, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

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Academic Programs

Rhodes, TaylorTaylor Rhodes, M.A. student graduating in May 2017, became one of the first students in the history of IUPUI to be awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion both as an undergrad and as a graduate student. Recipients of the Plater Medallion are soon-to-be graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community and social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.

Bubala Madubansi, an undergraduate student minoring in philanthropic studies, has been competitively selected to be a Fellow at the Indiana University Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice. The center promotes collaboration and teamwork in the provision of medical care and health services by students and professionals in various health fields. In this role, Bubala will work at the center to support implementation and evaluation of interprofessional education programs.

March 9—Community Foundations Workshop, “What Happens When the Community Foundations Idea Goes Abroad? Adaptations and Experience Around the World”

March 31—Community Foundations Workshop, “Community Philanthropy and Foundations in an Era of Islamophobia”

Philanthropy Ambassadors Club (PAC), undergraduate student group

PAC-Indy Fuel gameMarch 10—Indy Fuel hockey team was gracious enough to give the group Indy Fuel vs. Fort Wayne Komets tickets. They had a blast!

PAC is also in the midst of elections for their new executive team.

Philanthropy Research Workshop

March 9Jeffrey Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Research Trends in Nonprofit Journals: Past Trends and Future Directions

March 21Paul Schervish, Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Director (Retired), Center for Wealth and Philanthropy, Boston College
"Charitable Giving by State: New Methods and Measures for Geographic Giving Relative to Income"

Alumni Updates

March 15
Lyons, Al“Sadly, Al Lyons passed away today. Al was one of our M.A. and Ph.D. alums and has served as a lecturer at SPEA-IUB for many years. Some of us know Al from serving on his thesis committees or as a student in our classes. Others know Al as a classmate, friend, or instructor. In all cases, we know him as a smart, thoughtful, and kind person. Please keep Al and his family in your thoughts.”

Patrick Rooney
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research

Obituary: Faculty and alumnus Lyons, Ph.D. '09 remembered for contributions to arts, NPOs

Read Les Lenkowsky’s full remarks delivered at Al Lyons’ memorial service

“Too soon, alas, the curtain has come down for Al. He has played his final scene, one which, Shakespeare tells us, 'ends in oblivion.' But on this occasion, the Bard is wrong. For Al Lyons has not disappeared from our lives. He will always live in the memories not only of those here today, but of countless others, especially those students who learned so much from him.”

Leslie Lenkowsky
Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies


 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.

Charles Bantz attended two conferences in March:
March 14-15Dream. Dare. Do.-Women’s Philanthropy Symposium in Chicago, IL
March 16-18Central States Communication Association’s 86th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN

Charles R. Bantz
Professor & Executive Director, Center for Translating Research into Practice
IUPUI Chancellor Emeritus & IU Executive Vice President Emeritus

Herrold, Katie Texas A&MMarch 23Dr. Katie Herrold, assistant professor, gave a talk and led a class discussion at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
“All You Need is Tea: Civil Society and Democracy Promotion after Egypt’s Arab Spring”
Observations on local Egyptian philanthropic foundations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the 2011 uprisings—an opportunity to realign with civil society and cultivate democracy at grassroots levels.

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International Programs

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Study Abroad Scholarship:

Ten students have enrolled in the study abroad course Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context that will be offered in Berlin this May.

Three additional students are studying abroad in other programs, one of which is an independent study in Cuba. All three were funded by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Study Abroad Scholarship.

Danahey Janin, PatPat Danahey Janin, Ph.D. candidate, received the Max Kade Fellowship for fieldwork in Germany this summer. The Fellowship is for a full year, and it will help Pat begin research on her dissertation topic examining the nonprofit sector and environmental issues surrounding the Arctic Ocean. She has continued a tradition of Lilly Family School of Philanthropy students receiving this award. In recent years, Meng Han Ho and Peter Weber received multiple years of support.

The study abroad course received an invitation from the University of Hamburg to visit their campus and learn more about German philanthropy in what German's refer to as the "foundation city" because of the large number of foundations concentrated there. The University agreed to co-fund this part of the trip with other funding coming from the study abroad scholarship funds.

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

March 14-15—The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) held its 5th women’s philanthropy symposium in Chicago. The 300 DREAM. DARE. DO. attendees came from 38 states and four countries, heard 27 inspiring speakers, created connections, and challenged each other to accelerate change. With a 90 percent excellent or good satisfaction rate on the evaluation from more than 50 percent of the attendees, the symposium surpassed expectations. Melinda Gates provided a welcome to symposium attendees via video. 

2017 WPI Symposium

Tracy Gary, the “Janie Appleseed” of women’s philanthropy, received the Shaw-Hardy Taylor Achievement Award at the symposium for her more than four decades work in philanthropy. 

Symposium sponsors included: Fidelity Charitable, Gates Foundation, Graham-Pelton, Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates, The Leighty Foundation, Pentera, Remmer Fox Fund, Make It Better, Schwab Charitable, U.S. Trust, Vera Bradley, and Wells Fargo. 

WPI thanks everyone who contributed to the success of this major educational initiative!

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

March 4Melissa Spas led the last of three sessions at our Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) seminar in Lemont, IL.

March 8—A Lunch and Learn with guest speaker Kraig Beyerlein was held, in conjunction with the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society.

March 16—A screening of the movie “Sultan and Saint” was held at Marian University, in partnership with Lake Institute.

March 18Melissa Spas presented the second of three classes in the CCCG seminar in Ashland, OH.

Thad Austin, graduate assistant, and Phil Jamieson, adjunct faculty member, led the last of three CCCG classes among TN United Methodists in Jackson, TN.

March 30-31—The Lake Institute Advisory Board held their spring meeting at the Indiana Historical Society and University Hall at IUPUI.

Patel, EbooMarch 30—Lake Institute on Faith & Giving hosted Dr. Eboo Patel as the honored lecturer at the 2017 Thomas H. Lake Lecture.

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March 2Una Osili, director of research, was invited to serve as the moderator for the research panel at the Diversity and Philanthropy Summit hosted by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and featuring Emmett Carson.

Hudson Indices transferMarch 7Una Osili, director of research, was invited to serve on the panel at the Celebrating Global Philanthropy event hosted by the Hudson Institute and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. An announcement was made that the Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances and the Index of Philanthropic Freedom will be moving from the Hudson Institute to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The panel discussed the results from the latest Indices report.

March 16Una Osili, director of research, was invited to present at the Centennial Nonprofit Leadership Conference on Tax Reform. The conference was organized by the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good and sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Boston College. Her presentation was titled, “Current Trends in Charitable Giving.”

March 20Una Osili, director of research, was interviewed by Chris Farrell, Minnesota Public Radio, for a story on multigenerational volunteering. The article was published in Next Avenue, the PBS online magazine targeted at the 50-plus population.

March 21Una Osili, director of research, was invited to speak at the Federal Trade Commission’s convening, Give & Take: Consumers, Contributions, and Charity, a conference exploring consumer protection issues and charitable solicitations. She presented on, “The State of Giving Today: An Overview of Donors.”

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Development/Alumni Engagement

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, in partnership with the McKinney Family Foundation, is looking for FOUR (4) ENVIRONMENTALLY AMBITIOUS STUDENTS to serve as McKinney Family Philanthropic Fellows. Those seeking to make a career out of their passion for the environment now have the opportunity to apply for a paid fellowship to pursue a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies. Studying philanthropy at a world-class university and at the first school of its kind will allow these students to establish a unique network of nonprofit professionals, be taught by renowned educators, and to understand this complex topic and sector.

As of February 28, 2017, we are at 61.73 percent of our $50 million Bicentennial Campaign goal. Through individual support and non-governmental grants we have collectively raised $30,866,868. As one of our main goals for the campaign, we have had enthusiastic support around scholarships raising over $5.5 million thus far. This trend has been widespread across the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus and supported by matching funds from Chancellor Nassar Paydar. He has doubled his commitment of matching funds to help raise additional scholarship dollars and this limited supply of matching opportunity is dwindling quickly with less than one third of matching funds remaining.

If you are interested in making a gift to support scholarships before the end of the Bicentennial Campaign, the time to act is now before the matching funds run out.

Please contact Ann Boyd-Stewart, Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, for further information.

We look forward to celebrating the school’s 30th Anniversary Fellowship Campaign with our Board of Visitors during the October 2017 meeting. We will invite the students that received support to join us for what promises to be a great event! More details to come.

Zehner, JackiDuring the DREAM. DARE. DO. Symposium, Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) Council Member Jacki Zehner encouraged attendees in the audience to give by offering a match of $25,000. This challenge gift will strengthen and broaden the impact of WPI’s work by bringing new champions to the fold. We appreciate Jacki’s leadership and generosity through this gift. Jacki has been a member of the WPI Council since 2013.

Mark your calendars and wear your best IU Crimson on Wednesday, April 19 for IU Day! We hope you will join the fun by wearing, sharing, and giving! There are lots of fun things planned for this special day that will last 24 hours. Please check in and see what we are up to.

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The McKinney Family Foundation’s generous gift of the McKinney Family Philanthropic Fellowships for Lilly Family School of Philanthropy master's students interested in careers in environmental nonprofits was the focus of articles in Inside Indiana Business and the Bloomington, Indiana, Herald-Times (subscription only). Board of Visitors member Stephanie Goodrid Lawson is the foundation’s executive director.

The Houston Business Journal quoted Board of Visitors member Maureen Hackett in a story about the construction of a new outpatient and education building at The Menninger Clinic.

A story published by Yahoo! Finance about the promotion of Graham-Pelton’s president to CEO quoted Board of Visitors member Craig J. Leach.

The launch of our new online M.A. option was covered by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The NonProfit Times, Inside Indiana Business e-newsletter and radio program.

Dean Amir Pasic authored an invited opinion essay on questions of elitism in philanthropy for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

An article in The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) about how to raise a child to be philanthropic featured Mark Wilhelm and Una Osili.

The New York Times quoted Les Lenkowsky in an article about a gift to the University of Notre Dame from Muslim philanthropists.  

A Forbes/PBS Next Avenue article on family volunteering quoted Una Osili.

The Huffington Post published an article about the Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s 2017 symposium.

Alliance magazine published an article by Founding Dean Emeritus Gene Tempel (subscription only) on the need for philanthropic studies education and an article by Greg Witkowski about higher education programs in philanthropy and nonprofit management.

A Dallas Morning News  article about a nonprofit focused on helping ex-offenders quoted Les Lenkowsky.

The NonProfit Times  noted that Una Osili spoke at a Ford Foundation conference on the nonprofit sector and tax policy.

Benzinga referenced our Philanthropy Outlook research report in an article about perceived changes in middle class giving.

An Indianapolis Business Journal article about local $1 million dollar gifts quoted The Fund Raising School (TFRS) faculty member David Sternberg.

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