Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

In July, we welcomed our newest Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors Member Tiffany McCorkle and announced Irene McCutchen as a Lifetime Member.

McCorkle, TiffanyMcCutchen, Irene  

We were very pleased that our incoming McKinney Family Philanthropic Fellows were placed with excellent environmental organizations, and they will be able to attend the Environmental Grantmakers 30th Anniversary Fall Retreat in Seattle, WA. With the invitation to attend arranged by board member Stephanie Goodrid Lawson and trip funding from former board member Harriet Ivey, we are thrilled to have board members supporting three exceptional student pioneers who will add their philanthropic expertise and talent to the environmental sector.  

Our newest cohort of executive master’s students from a wonderful diversity of backgrounds and experiences came to Indianapolis for their residence week. I had the pleasure of joining them and Professors Kathi Badertscher and Bill Stancyzkiewicz in a discussion of Claire Gaudiani’s The Greater Good

During my trip to Boston I had the pleasure of catching up with former board member Ellen Remmer and meeting Paul Grogan who shared the special role of the Boston Foundation in the recent history of the city’s civic revival. I also visited with Alan Hassenfeld of the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, colleagues at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and Sue Paresky who leads the development operation for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

Back home, we had a good meeting with colleagues who are leading the new IU Environmental Resilience Institute through which the school will add a new faculty member with expertise on environmental philanthropy.  

30th Anniversary logoLast but certainly not least, please join us as we celebrate 30 years of education, innovation, and research in the field of philanthropy. On Friday, September 8 our 30th anniversary kickoff event will feature picnic food, games, and fun conversation. 

Speakers will include Bill Stanczykiewicz, Tyrone Freeman, Gene Tempel, Dwight Burlingame, Tim Seiler, Les Lenkowsky, Jennifer Staashelm, Fran Huehls, Clay Robbins, and Jamie Merisotis.

Please RSVP by August 28. 

I hope you are having a wonderful summer,


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11, Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership – Indianapolis (Una Osili)

19, IU Alumni Association’s Symphony on the Prairie & Wine Tasting

21, IUPUI fall semester begins



6-7, Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) Conference, University of Chicago

8, 30th Anniversary Kickoff Event, Indianapolis, IN 
Please RSVP by August 28. 

Spring 2018 Board of Visitors Meeting will be April 19-20, 2018.

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Academic Programs

July 3-5Dr. Jiangang Zhu visited the school

Professor, School of Sociology and Anthropology Executive Dean, Research School of Philanthropy, Sun Yat-sen University; Adjunct Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

July 10—Executive Master’s Orientation

July 19—Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) Youth Philanthropy Regional Summit (sponsor), Country Lake Christian Retreat-Underwood, IN

July 31- Aug. 2—Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) 2017 Conference, hosted by the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, JW Marriott-Indianapolis, IN

The NACC Biennial conference brings together academics, scholars, practitioners, and administrators from around the world to discuss, learn, and share tactics and methods that support and build university-based educational programs focused on nonprofit and philanthropic studies.

Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

Patrick Rooney:

  • Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), Ruth McCambridge Webinar
  • July 31- Aug. 2—Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) 2017 Conference

Konrath, SaraStarting this past summer Dr. Sara Konrath began serving in an editorial capacity for two journals. The first is as a consulting editor for the highly ranked American Psychological Association journal, Emotion.

The second editorial role is with Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) which will allow Dr. Konrath to make decisions that help to shape the field of philanthropic studies, and in particular, the quantitative aspects of it.

Besel, KarlKarl Besel will facilitate a panel at the October NASPAA Conference (with Dr. Charlotte Lewellen-Williams, Clinton School of Public Service) entitled “Passing the Torch: Planning for the Next Generation of Leaders in Public Service.” This panel will present the main findings of thieir book, Passing the Torch. The “profiles” that were compiled on what motivated successful public service executives, as well as their insights on succession planning, serves as a primary vehicle for developing best practice strategies for recruiting and mentoring new leaders within this growing and dynamic field. 

Karl Besel, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Director
Professor of Public Administration and Health Management
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University Northwest
Affiliate Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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International Programs

We collaborated again this year with the Office of International Affairs, the Office of International Research & Development, the Kelley School of Business, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to host the Mandela Washington Fellows, a group of 25 civic leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa who spent six weeks at Indiana University as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

Mandela Washington Fellows

Mandela Washington Fellows

July 20Rob Smith, Al White, and Courtney Roberts of Eli Lilly & Company welcomed the Mandela Washington Fellows for a full day of programming at Lilly headquarters, including an overview of Lilly’s global health and corporate social responsibility initiatives and an in-depth panel discussion with several members of Lilly’s leadership.

July 26—The Mandela Washington Fellows visited Lutheran Child and Family Services and shared their work and their perspectives with the youth in residence there. Discussions centered on finding inspiration to overcome challenges.

July 27Ann Boyd-Stewart led a workshop for the Mandela Washington Fellows on developing the case for support. Fellows each drafted a “5 slides/5 minutes” presentation and received feedback from Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Staff.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

July 22—Lake Institute presented the Creating Congregation Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) seminar at Holston Presbytery in Jackson City, TN.

July 24-27Melissa Spas conducted the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course at Seattle University School of Theology. 

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Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs

  • July 11—Invited to participate on The Good Journey Podcast. She was interviewed by Brady Josephson about the school’s philanthropic research.
  • July 11Interviewed by Sarah Murray, Financial Times, about philanthropy and climate change and philanthropy and the arts.
  • July 12—Participated on the “New and Emerging Trends in Philanthropy” webinar for Graystone Consulting-Atlanta, a business of Morgan Stanley.
  • July 13—Presented at the European Research Network on Philanthropy Conference in Copenhagen. Her paper, “Measuring Philanthropic Freedom Across Countries,” was co-authored by Silvia Garcia and Xiaonan Kou.
  • July 25—Invited to submit an article for The Conversation. The article titled “What Influences American Giving?” was published on July 25, 2017.

July 13Chelsea Clark, Visiting Faculty, Research Associate, was invited to present for the American Heart Association “Open Your Heart Year Round” training webinar. The topic was the High Net Worth Study.

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Development/Alumni Engagement

Bicentennial campaign end of FY17

At the end of FY17, the school raised $8.5 million in new cash and pledged commitments. This number marks the third largest in school/center history. Of this, more than $6 million was designated to student support including a transformational $5 million anonymous bequest. Compared to FY16, cash gifts increased 20% ($1.9 M vs. $2.3 M) as did the number of donors (410 and 488) and the number of gifts (666 vs. 794).

Building on this momentum, the school is prepared to raise an additional $8 million per year over the next two and a half years to meet and exceed its $50 million Bicentennial goal. At the conclusion of FY17, the school has raised $31.5 million or 63% of its goal.

Gifts of note:

$5 million anonymous gift to Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will help more students with financial need earn degrees

Among the largest gifts ever made to the world’s first school of philanthropy, it will help prepare new leaders to serve in philanthropic and nonprofit roles by providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships at the school.

The People Greater than Profit Fellowship has been funded by Tayyab Yunus, a social entrepreneur from Texas who participated in a recent Workshop on Muslim American philanthropy hosted by faculty member Dr. Shariq Siddiqui and his Muslim Philanthropy Initiative.

Harriet Ivey Capstone Award will fund incoming master’s students and McKinney Family Philanthropic Fellows: Erin Crowther, Madeline Berry, and Alexis Davenport to attend the EGA 30th Anniversary Fall Retreat in Seattle, WA (September 24-27, 2017).

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Dean Amir Pasic was quoted by The Washington Post in an article about Laurene Powell Jobs’s Emerson Collective’s purchase of The Atlantic and Silicon Valley philanthropists’ use of LLCs and other hybrid vehicles for their philanthropy.

Dean Amir Pasic was quoted by Axios for a story about the Chan-Zuckerberg initiative and how Silicon Valley philanthropists are approaching their philanthropy differently from traditional philanthropy models.

A column in The New York Times about donors who take an entrepreneurial approach to their philanthropy using less conventional means quoted Les Lenkowsky.

CNN invited Les Lenkowsky to write an opinion piece on Jeff Bezos’s philanthropy.

The New York Times cited our research on the philanthropy of high net worth donors in an article about award-winning philanthropists.

The Washington Post quoted Sarah Nathan in an article about The Smithsonian Institution using crowdfunding to raise support for popular items on display.

The Hill included our research on the potential effects of tax policy reform on charitable giving in a story about charities’ views on tax reform proposals.

Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets published an article written by Una Osili for The Conversation about how Americans’ charitable giving is affected by social and political conditions.

Econotimes published an article written by Patrick Rooney for The Conversation about the potential effects of tax policy reform proposals on charitable giving.

MarketWatch quoted Una Osili in an article about the Venmo fundraising app.

Catholic News Service included our research on the potential effects of tax policy reform on charitable giving in an article about charities’ reactions to the Administration’s tax proposals. The article was picked up by several other Catholic news organizations.

A Jerusalem Post article about women’s philanthropy extensively cited research from our Women Give studies and our Bank of America Merrill Lynch Study of High Net Worth Women’s Philanthropy.

The Dallas Morning News cited our research on the effects of tax policy reform proposals on charitable giving and quoted Patrick Rooney.

Inside Indiana Business published an article about Rebecca Brooks becoming the new chair of the school’s Board of Visitors and succeeding Melynne Klaus.

Kirsten Grønbjerg was quoted in a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette story about compensation of nonprofit CEOs.

The Seymour Tribune (Indiana) quoted Dean Amir Pasic in a story about our Philanthropy Outlook.

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) quoted Una Osili in an article stating that charitable giving is rising as government funding falls.

NRB Today included a story about the finding in our tax policy research that religious organizations are sensitive to changes in policy.

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