Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

On a quick trip to New York I was joined by Una Osili, director of research, as we visited the Rockefeller Brothers Funds, presented the Global Indices to a staff gathering at the Carnegie Corporation, and had an enlightening conversation with Earl Lewis and Makeba Morgan Hill at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Back in Indianapolis, I joined the Lumina Foundation’s Inaugural LIFTed Convening that featured some of the most innovative talent in higher education access, devising impact investments and other cutting edge programs to enable more Americans to complete an education at the post-secondary level.

Of course, this is also commencement season and as the culmination of our 29th year of operation, we graduated our second largest class ever, with terrific remarks offered by students, Alumni Board Chair Tami Tarpley M.A. 10 and our graduation keynote speaker Rusty Stahl M.A. ’00. I shared my observations on their insights in the most recent Philanthropy Matters e-newsletter.

We also welcomed Marcela O. de Rovzar, president and founder of our partner in Mexico, Procura. We had a series of conversations about the future of this long-standing partnership. I also visited with board members Cindy Simon Skjodt in Indianapolis and Jerre Stead in Denver. While in Colorado, I stopped in to see the El Pomar Foundation to discuss our mutual interests in sports and philanthropy.

Finally, I want to thank all of our board members for their service and commitment to the school. As Ann Boyd-Stewart, assistant dean of development & alumni relations, and I conduct our follow-up visits with the guests from our April meeting, every single person so far has been keen to be considered for full membership. Thank you for creating such a vital and creative community that is propelling us into our 30th year. You have created an inviting and compelling experience that is attracting wonderfully talented new members who will serve the school well as they add to the positive culture you create around our board table. 

Best regards,


News You Can Use


  • 1, Master’s online application deadline
  • 5-6, MCON conference, Washington D.C. (promotional partner)
  • 7, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) regional forum conference (sponsor)
  • 13, Giving USA 2017 rollout
  • 22, Rosso Medal Awards Dinner, 6-8 p.m., IUPUI University Tower Ballroom
  • 22-23, The Fund Raising School’s Leadership Roundtable, Indianapolis, IN

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Academic Programs

2017 graduates set forth to improve the world

LFSOP Graduates

From community building to conservation, humanitarian aid to health access and environmentalism to economic development—just to name a few career paths—the 2017 graduates of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy are ready to put their education to work.

Read the full press release>


 Staff/Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

School alumna, faculty honored with AFP International Awards
Several leaders affiliated with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy received high honors, including Outstanding Fundraising Professional, at the recent Association of Fundraising Professionals International conference in San Francisco, California.

May 10Dwight Burlingame was the guest speaker at the Evansville Area Fundraising Council 17th annual Leave a Legacy luncheon. His talk was titled “A Personal and Corporate Approach to Community Responsibility.” Dr. Burlingame was pleased with the approximately 100 people who attended.

Gunderman book coverDr. Richard Gunderman’s recently-published book profiles a number of important Hoosier philanthropists, including Calvin Fletcher, Colonel Eli Lilly, and Madam C. J. Walker. It is entitled, Hoosier Beacons.

It is remarkable how little many Hoosiers know about the history of our state and its amazing people. Some of the greatest athletes, composers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, musicians, philanthropists, politicians, preachers, public servants, scientists, teachers and writers in U.S. history were nurtured by this soil. Yet too many Hoosiers have no idea that they share an Indiana connection. IU chancellor's professor Richard Gunderman's new book, Hoosier Beacons, contains bite-sized portraits of 32 of the most inspirational figures in Indiana's history, whose stories can inspire us today and illuminate the path to a brighter future for the people of Indiana.

Dr. Gunderman has copies that he can sell for $10 (which is $5 less than the publisher's price). 

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International Programs

Gene Tempel China 1May 3–12Founding Dean Emeritus Gene Tempel traveled to China to visit the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI), where he participated in a conference on global philanthropy and consulted with CGPI leadership in his role as honorary professor.

Gene Tempel China 2

Photo 1: Gene Tempel with CGPI Chairman Ma Weihua at CGPI in Shenzhen

While in China he delivered a keynote lecture on philanthropy and fundraising to the Lions Club in Shenzhen and met with alumni of the Executive Management of Philanthropy (EMP) program, the result of a joint executive certificate in international philanthropy offered by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Beijing Normal University between 2013 and 2015.

Photo 2: Gene Tempel presenting to the Lions Club in Shenzhen

Berlin 2017

May 14–27—The study abroad course Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context, led by Dr. Greg Witkowski, gave students an opportunity to visit foundations, nonprofits, and academic institutions in Berlin and Hamburg. Melinda Gates and the German Minister of International Development also gave talks which were main highlights for the course. We had as many undergraduates as graduate students participate this year for the first time. And for many, it was their first time traveling abroad.

Students loved the visit to the University of Hamburg campus where they learned more about German philanthropy in what Germans 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. We are very thankful to the generous donor who helped fund this amazing experience.

For details on the program, check out the student blog.

Gil Latz, UNDERSTANDING SHIBUSAWA (69): "Stakeholder Capitalism in Turbulent Times," The Japan Journal, May/June 2017, Vol. 14 No.1, pp. 20-21.

The article reviews the “Stakeholder Capitalism in Turbulent Times” symposium at Harvard Business School, 27 March 2017.

The symposium was organized by the Harvard Business School and the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in Boston and the Fish Family Foundation, and coincided with publication of the Foundation’s latest monograph, Ethical Capitalism: Shibusawa Eiichi and Business Leadership in Global Perspective, edited by Patrick Fridenson and Kikkawa Takeo and published by the University of Toronto Press.

Latz serves as advisor to the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation and on the editorial board of the University of Toronto Press Japan in Global Society Series.

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) said thank you and farewell to their year-long graduate assistant Kathryn Tolley who graduated with her master’s on May 14. Kathryn helped WPI expand its social media footprint on Twitter and Facebook and started a new series of posts on LinkedIn. She contributed significantly to translate the research data into easily shareable data points.

WPI Associate Director Andrea Pactor moderated a panel discussion with two past presidents of local leagues at the annual Association of Junior Leagues International conference in Minneapolis. The far-ranging conversation focused on how past presidents and sustainer members can support their communities through fundraising, advocacy, and building the leadership pipeline. 

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

May 1-4Melissa Spas led Lake Institute’s latest offering of the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

May 6—Lake Institute offered the final session of its Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity courses in New Paltz, NY as a part of its ongoing partnership with the Reformed Church of America (RCA).

May 10—Lake Institute hosted a planning and evaluation meeting for its current and future work with Women Religious as a part of the Advancing Mission grant in partnership with The Fund Raising School.

May 23-24David King and Melissa Spas attended the Lilly Endowment’s Religious Division gathering in Indianapolis.

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May 3Una Osili, director of research, testified at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, which was chaired by U.S. Senator Todd Young (Indiana). Drawing on the research from the Global Indices project, Una spoke about the role of philanthropy and remittances in foreign aid.

May 10-11Dean Pasic and Una Osili, director of research, traveled to New York to meet with several funders to discuss the Global Indices project. While in New York, they gave a presentation for the staff of Carnegie Corporation concerning the transition of the Global Indices project from the Hudson Institute to the school and plans for the future.

May 12Una Osili, director of research, was interviewed for a podcast for Achieve. Una spoke about her personal research background and the school’s current and future research projects. The podcast will air in July 2017.

May 12Una Osili, was invited to chair the “Opportunities, Challenges, and Business Environment in Africa” panel at the Doing Business in and with Sub-Saharan Africa conference sponsored by the Kelley School of Business, Institute for International Business and CIBER. The conference was held on the IUPUI campus.

May 16-17Una Osili, director of research, met with several congressional representatives in Washington in conjunction with the release of the Salvation Army Human Needs Index (HNI) reboot and quarterly update.

She was also interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy concerning the HNI update. The Salvation Army Human Needs Index reboot and quarterly update was publicly released on May 19.

May 18Una Osili, director of research, was invited to speak at the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, sponsored by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Una presented on research about national trends in philanthropy and comparisons for the Indianapolis community.

May 18The Tax Policy and Philanthropy report commissioned by the Independent Sector was released.

May 23Xiaonan Kou (Coco), associate director of research, was invited to present to the Carmel Lions Club. Coco’s presentation was on philanthropic trends, motivations, and how service organizations engage younger generations. The school’s past studies on Lions clubs members were also shared.

May 31Una Osili, director of Research, was invited to present at the University of Rochester, Women as Leaders in Philanthropy event in New York City. Una’s presentation was on the tradition of giving.

Looking Ahead:

June 13Giving USA 2017 release

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Joint media outreach by the school, Independent Sector and Leadership 18 produced extensive coverage for the school’s analysis of the impact of tax reform proposals on charitable giving.

Culture Map Houston recognized Board of Visitors member Maureen Hackett for her leadership as chair of the board and volunteer fundraiser for the Menninger Clinic.

The Huffington Post published a blog post by Diana Aviv, Feeding America CEO and Distinguished Visiting Practitioner and Visiting Fellow at our school, in which she mentions her recent visit here.

Inside IU featured a profile of Philanthropic Studies bachelor’s degree graduate Anna Powell.

Inside IUPUI published a story about Una Osili’s testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on the role of philanthropy and remittances in international, multilateral development.

A WTHR-TV (NBC affiliate) aired a story featuring Sara Konrath and Liz Jackson discussing the Random App of Kindness Konrath and her colleagues developed to teach children empathy. (Not available online) quoted Sarah Nathan in a story about naming rights in fundraising.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy published an opinion piece about philanthropy’s response to President Trump by Les Lenkowsky and Suzanne Garment.

A CNBC story on maximizing charitable donations quoted Debra Mesch.

A MarketWatch story about women’s confidence in their charitable giving quoted Debra Mesch.

An article in The NonProfit Times drew upon the Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s Women Give research to provide insights into understanding women’s philanthropic preferences.

A BusinessRecord article about the strength of women’s philanthropy quoted Debra Mesch. cited Women Give 2013 research in a story about raising charitable children.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy ran a second article that cited our research on the potential impact of proposed tax policies on charitable giving (subscription only).

The Chronicle of Philanthropy cited our research for the U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy in an article on impact investing.

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