Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

We started the month by hosting the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) Biennial Conference in Indianapolis. The gathering provided many opportunities for our faculty and colleagues from across the country and beyond to share ideas on how to advance teaching in our field. 

August also allowed for a much delayed call on Marianne Glick, former Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors Member. I then had the pleasure of joining Professor Les Lenkowsky for a visit with Dr. Emilio Pacheco of Liberty Fund at their inspiring new building centered around their impressive library of great books.

On a trip to Michigan I met with Ari Simon and Chera Reid of the Kresge Foundation as well as Phillip Fisher of Mission Throttle.  In Ann Arbor I joined Associate Dean Una Osili and Professor Mark Wilhelm to discuss one of our most important research partnership with University of Michigan Professors David Johnson and Kate McGonagle who lead the Panel Study of Income Dynamics at the famed Institute for Social Research. 

August also brought an opportunity to consider progress made and plans for the future at Indiana University (IU) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), which made for two stimulating retreats led in turn by President McRobbie and Chancellor Paydar.

I was also pleased to join our Founding Dean Emeritus Gene Tempel and Adjunct Professor Jim Morris for a terrific meeting with Tom Edwards and Stacy Huff of the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation.

In our orientation for incoming master’s and Ph.D. students we saw a scintillating display of engagement and curiosity for diverse themes in philanthropy, across generations, life circumstances, and global backgrounds. It is humbling to have all this talent joining us on our path of discovery. I know you will enjoy meeting them.

Finally, there is still time to join us on Friday, September 8 for our fun and informal 30th anniversary kickoff event to remember our past and contemplate the future with speakers including Chancellor Nasser Paydar, Bill Stanczykiewicz, Tyrone Freeman, Gene Tempel, Dwight Burlingame, Tim Seiler, Les Lenkowsky, Jennifer Staashelm, Fran Huehls, Clay Robbins, and Jamie Merisotis.

Please RSVP at your nearest convenience.


News You Can Use

30th Anniversary logoSeptember


  • 19, Graham-Pelton Prize for International Service
  • 19, David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving
  • 19, Distinguished Alumni Award presentation
  • 19, Larry Friedman Lecture at BOV meeting
  • 19-20, Board of Visitors meeting, Indianapolis, IN

NEW Blog!


To coincide with the first day of classes, the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy launched a new blog! This blog is a platform to cover student, faculty, alumni, and staff stories, trends in philanthropy, current research and expert thoughts, opinions, and reactions from our faculty, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, The Fund Raising School, recent events, how the school (and previously Center) has changed over 30 years, and other topics related to philanthropy.

You can subscribe to the blog from this link. There will also be updates through social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and blog posts will be linked to the website. Feel free to share posts from those channels!

In addition, if you have any ideas for posts or would like to chat about your own journey through the study of philanthropy, please let me know. This blog is a showcase to the outside world of the amazing people who study, learn, research, and grow here, as well as a tool to illustrate the impact you are having here and in the broader community. It will also act as a forum to answer questions about philanthropy that may arise from its readers.

I look forward to hearing your stories. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Rolland, AbbyAbby Rolland
Blog Content Coordinator 

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Academic Programs/Student Services

Heather O’Connor, doctoral student and graduate assistant, was selected as the recipient of the Third Annual Nancy Macduff Scholarship from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Pracademics Section. The Section works to build academic and practitioner relationships to foster quality research and strengthen nonprofit management education, service, and action. The leadership team selects one recipient each year for the scholarship which funds registration fees for the ARNOVA conference as well as a 1-year membership to the Pracademics Section. 

The award will serve as a great way for Heather to introduce herself to other members of the Pracademics Section, learn from their experiences, and foster connections with potential research partners. 

July 31- Aug. 2Nonprofit 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. View the comprehensive conference schedule.

August 1—Julie Hatcher, Tyrone Freeman, and Gen Shaker presented “Integrating Reflective Practice across the Curriculum: Strategies and Tools to Support Engaged Learning and Assessment” at the 2017 Biennial Conference of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Councils (NACC) in Indianapolis, IN.

August 16International Students Orientation

An informational orientation luncheon was hosted for our new incoming international students.  In addition to academic guidelines, the session informed the students about Indianapolis, the social life of the campus, how to survive potential culture shock among other helpful advice.

August 17Tyrone Freeman co-facilitated the Arts and Humanities Teaching Section of the 2017 IUPUI Teaching Assistants Orientation Conference, a campus-wide training organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning to support graduate students in teaching undergraduate courses this fall semester.

MA Orientation 2017August 18M.A. and Ph.D. student orientation

We welcomed our incoming class of M.A. and PhD students with an orientation and buffet luncheon. The students introduced themselves and shared their background and the journey that brought them to study at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. After lunch, a panel consisting of Dean Amir Pasic, Patrick Rooney, Dwight Burlingame, and Kathi Badertscher led an informal discussion on the book The Greater Good by Claire Gaudinani.

August 25—B.A. student orientation/Taco & Ice Cream Bar Party

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s undergraduate students enjoyed a taco luncheon, ice cream bar, and a warm welcome from the school staff and leaders during a reception on the IU President’s balcony on the fifth floor of University Hall.

BA Orientation 2017

 Staff/Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

Rooney, PatrickAugust 29Patrick Rooney, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs, attended a meeting at the White House to discuss how various tax reform proposals would affect philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. The meeting was organized by Independent Sector (IS). They invited him to join them as the content expert both based on the research the school has done for them and other research that Dr. Rooney has done. Attending from IS were Dan Cardinali (President and CEO) and Allison Grayson (Director, Policy Development and Analysis). Also in attendance were Nick Giordano (Tax Policy Leader, Ernst & Young LLP), and Steve Taylor (SVP and Counsel for Public Policy, United Way Worldwide, who also serves on policy groups for IS).

Michael Rushton published “Thinking outside the empathy box” in the journal Cultural Trends

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International Programs

August 24—The research and international programs units hosted Shazia Amjad from the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy. The research department had assisted by providing a peer review of the research study conducted by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy entitled, “Individual Indigenous Philanthropy in Pakistan,” based on a representative sample of about 10,000 households. The final study was published in 2016.Berlin Study Abroad flyer 2018

August 30—Former student participants of the school’s study abroad program Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context served as ambassadors at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Fall Study Abroad Fair, attended by nearly a thousand students annually.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

August 7-10Melissa Spas and David King conducted the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course at Christian Theological Seminary. 

August 11-12Melissa Spas conducted a two-day Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) seminar in partnership with ELCA in Spinnerstown, PA.

August 19Melissa Spas and Marilyn Kuhn led the first of three Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in partnership with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

August 23-24David King presented at the Beyond Abundance conference at Luther Seminary.

August 25-26Melissa Spas and Phil Jamieson led a tailored program, Fundraising for Religious Professionals, at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This is the first half of a four-day program. The group will meet again in September.

August 26Melissa Spas and Wendy McCormick led the first of three Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in partnership with Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.

August 29-31David King and Melissa Spas led a seminar at the Sustainability Conference for the Early Career Initiative in Indianapolis.  

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Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs

  • August 2—Participated in a radio interview with Chris Nulte, Lakeshore Public Radio in northwest Indiana, about her article, “What influences American giving,” in The Conversation.
  • August 2—Participated in the Giving USA 2017 webinar exclusively for Giving USA 2017 report purchasers.
  • August 10—Interviewed by Melissa Chan, TIME magazine about charitable giving and crowdfunding platforms.  
  • August 11—Spoke at the Flourish Conference for Women in Leadership Indianapolis. The theme was How Women Lead in Changing and Dynamic Environments. She participated in the Executive Fireside Chat session where women leaders were asked to be open and transparent about how they have been able to flourish in their professions and communities.
  • August 21—Spoke at the Bootcamp 2017 for the school’s Ph.D. students. Una presented on research data sources.
  • August 28—Participated in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition lunch, America’s Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Indiana, with Indiana Senator Todd Young, John Ellenberger of Land O’Lakes, and Ambassador Lee Feinstein, dean of the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies.  

August 10—The research department hosted a group from The Salvation Army (from the national and local offices) to learn more about the Human Needs Index (HNI), research projects, TFRS courses, and other programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Bill Stanczykiewicz hosted the lunch with the research staff. In addition, Patrick Rooney and the academic programs staff met to review other educational offerings.

August 24—The research and international programs units hosted Shazia Amjad from the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy. The research department had assisted by providing a peer review of the research study conducted by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy entitled, “Individual Indigenous Philanthropy in Pakistan,” based on a representative sample of about 10,000 households. The final study was published in 2016.

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Development/Alumni Engagement

Update: Matching Program to End!

The IU Bicentennial Campaign matching program has been an enormous success! So much so, that by December 31, 2017 the program will come to a close. This challenge included all gifts of endowment for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and endowed faculty positions. A very unique program, it matched the income off endowed funds thus maximizing a donor’s gift by generating 9% interest off the fund in perpetuity.

Many of our board members took advantage of this matching program as it also matched planned gifts if the donor and spouse were 60 years old by December 31, 2019—the close of the campaign.

The development office wants to thank all of our volunteer leadership who enabled the school to raise over $30 million dollars over the course of the past five years.

In celebration of the school’s 30th anniversary, the development office is installing photos of our distinguished leadership and alumni in the third floor reception area. Please stop by to share a story.

Heraldic artwork

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An article in The Huffington Post by American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern cited our recent study about the impact of tax reform on charitable giving.

A CNNMoney story on how tax reform could affect charitable giving quoted Patrick Rooney and cited our research.

Dow Jones Newswires and Fox Business News published a story on the effects of tax reform on giving.

The American Association of Pediatrics News published an interview article with Sara Konrath about empathy in children and the Random App of Kindness she and colleagues developed to teach children to be more empathetic.

The Jerusalem Post cited the Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s research on how and why women give and our research on giving by women in high net worth households in an article on “Women Changing the Face of Jewish Philanthropy.”

A story in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about the estate tax and tax reform proposals that was picked up by Bloomberg and Crain’s Chicago Business quoted Una Osili.

The Florida Sun-Sentinel quoted Dwight Burlingame in a story about charities withdrawing their events from Mar-a-Lago.

Philanthropy News Digest and Good Nonprofit both published articles about the school’s recent $5 million scholarship gift made by anonymous donors.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required) quoted Les Lenkowsky in an article about charities hosting events at Mar-a-Lago.

The Washington Post quoted Les Lenkowsky in a story about President Trump’s decision not to attend the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors event.

The Business Journals cited the Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s research in an article about women giving more than men do.

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