Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

After Labor Day several of our faculty and students assembled at The University of Chicago for the fourth annual but our first joint Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) Conference with the University of Chicago Economics Department. Attracting 125 scholars and practitioners interested in conducting experiments to improve practice, the gathering was organized by our Visiting Hartsook Chair, John List, and his team along with our Professors Konrath, Steinberg, and Wilhelm. We will next host the conference in Indianapolis September 19-20, 2018.

2017 SPI Conference

On our return to Indianapolis, the school community gathered to kick off our 30th Anniversary Year with an illustrious panel of founding figures providing insights on our history followed by a conversation with Clay Robbins of Lilly Endowment and Jamie Merisotis of Lumina Foundation. We were also pleased to be joined by current Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors (BOV) members Alisa Hendrix, Derrick Feldmann, and Ellen Rosenthal, along with our former chair Melynne Klaus.

30th anniversary kickoff event

I had the pleasure of catching up with Brian Payne, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and spent an enjoyable lunch with Ellen Rosenthal as she introduced me to Tony George.   

In Kansas City I spoke about leadership and research to an audience invited by Nonprofit Connect, followed by two panel sessions during which I joined Ann Limberg of U.S. Trust to engage the Kansas City philanthropic community. I also had a terrific discussion with John Tyler of the Kauffmann Foundation and was graciously hosted during my stay by Jeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc. and U.S. Trust.

We were pleased to welcome the school’s longtime friend Barbara Ibrahim in her capacity as board member of WINGS –Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support - as she discussed possible ways for us to collaborate as we develop our international research and programming. 

During the festive Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Regatta on a steamy September Saturday our intrepid Water Lillies team was cheered on by fellow students, faculty, and staff.

2017 IUPUI Regatta Team

In New York City, I visited with Loren Harris, vice president of programs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and then attended an event at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where Michael Ignatieff, president of Central European University, spoke about his new book, The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Next in Washington D.C. I joined our partners at the Salvation Army to roll out new research on rural-urban differences in poverty as we also visited with media and legislators.

Pearl of Wisdom

Concluding the month in Indy, I met with BOV member Ann Merkel and Alex Kuzma, chief development officer at the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation.

News You Can Use


  • 19, Graham-Pelton Prize for International Service (bachelor’s)
  • 19, David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving (master’s)
  • 19, Distinguished Alumni Award presentation
  • 19-20, Board of Visitors meeting, Indianapolis, IN


Board of Visitors members, please RSVP if you haven’t already by emailing Martha Huber

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Academic Programs/Student Services


  • 7, Career event for B.A./M.A. students with alumni. “Building Connections: How to Use Your Community Connections”
  • 19, Hanover College Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • 19, Major and Career Information Day (MCID)
  • 21, IUPUI Graduate EXPO
  • 22, YPII Youth Philanthropy Regional Summit (sponsor)-Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, IN
  • 23, IUPUI Regatta (school was a sponsor and had a team)
  • 25-29 IUPUI Fall Career Week – events all week on campus for all students
  • 26, IU Bloomington Graduate Fair
  • 26, Earlham Graduate School and Fellowship Fair
  • 27, TFRS lunch – Academic Programs Recruiting
  • 28, “Who Am I and Why Am I Here: Leveraging who you are to get the job.” Bill Stanczykiewicz; part of IUPUI Career Week, particularly for B.A. and M.A. students

Julie Hatcher awardI am very pleased to announce that the Center for Service and Learning’s Executive Director Dr. Julie Hatcher received the Distinguished Career Recognition award at the 2017 IARSLCE Conference in Galway, Ireland earlier this month. We are very proud of Julie and her leadership and dedication to research on service learning and community engagement.

Read the press release and find additional information about this recognition here.

Verna McDowell
Program Associate, Communications and Outreach
Center for Service and Learning
Division of Undergraduate Education

Freeman, TyroneTyrone Freeman, assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of undergraduate programs, began his elected term as vice-chair and chair-elect of the IUPUI Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC). PRAC is the campus-level committee of the faculty responsible for overseeing assessment practices across all academic units and programs. Tyrone will serve as chair in 2018.

September 14-15Tyrone Freeman and Marilyn Kuhn participated in the first convening of the Quality Assurance Commons (QAC) pilot project in Atlanta, GA, an initiative funded by the Lumina Foundation focused on bridging the gap between employer expectations for college-graduates and university degree program learning outcomes. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is one of three IUPUI units selected to participate in the national project along with Paralegal Studies and the Writing Program in the School of Liberal Arts.  

September 27-30Tyrone Freeman participated in the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Cincinnati, OH, where he presented, “Beauty Culture, Philanthropy and Education: How Madam C.J. Walker ‘Out-Tuskegeed’ Booker T. Washington.” 

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International Programs

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs have been selected as the inaugural hosts of the Ford Foundation–funded ARNOVA-AROCSA NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program (LTFP) in Africa

Ten senior NGO leaders from Southern and West Africa will spend the spring 2018 semester in Indianapolis working with faculty mentors to document their leadership experiences in civil society in Africa, while exploring opportunities to transition to new roles as professors of practice, thus building the supportive infrastructure for the next generation of leaders in African civil society.  

Una Osili Lagos

African Philanthropy Forum organises learning session in Lagos

September 24Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, was the keynote speaker for the African Philanthropy Forum, hosted by the Ford Foundation and Chike Okoli Foundation in Nigeria. The theme was “Strategic Giving; Lessons from Global Philanthropists.” 

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

In addition to preparing for the launch of Women Give 2017 on October 17, Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) shared its research with two groups in September. 

Andrea Pactor, WPI Associate Director, organized a session on finances, philanthropy, women, and power for the Women’s College Coalition conference in Atlanta. 

Lindy Sherwood, president of Kaspick, a wholly owned subsidiary of TIAA, joined Andrea for the presentation which was followed by a panel discussion of leaders from four women’s colleges:  Kim Cassidy, president of Bryn Mawr, Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College (MO), Robiaun Charles, vice president for advancement at Agnes Scott College, and Audrey Stone, vice president for advancement at Hollins University. 

Later in the month, Dr. Debra Mesch shared WPI’s research at the 18th annual Women & Philanthropy annual conference at Iowa State University in Ames.  

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

The Kitchen TableDr. William Enright, Founding Karen Lake Buttrey Director Emeritus of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, reflects on what he learned through the years in his new book, Kitchen Table Giving.

Dr. Enright's latest book flips the traditional fundraising focus from the front porch to the kitchen table where donors make their charitable giving. This unique perspective on religious fundraising will change the way religious leaders think and talk about faith, money and giving. It will also transform the donor's giving table into a sacred place of joyous generosity.

September 9Melissa Spas and Marilyn Kuhn led the second and third of a three-day Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) seminar in partnership with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

September 22-23Melissa Spas and Phil Jamieson led a tailored program, Fundraising for Religious Professionals, at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This was the second half of a four-day program.

September 23Melissa Spas and Wendy McCormick led the second gathering of a three-day Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in partnership with Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.

September 25-28Melissa Spas and Gary Dollar conducted the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, participated in the following activities in September:

September 6—Keynote speaker for the Tocqueville Society luncheon for the United Way of Central Indiana. She discussed giving trends, intergenerational giving, next-gen donors, and leaving a legacy.

September 12—Interviewed by Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press, concerning the Human Need Index poverty report, developed in partnership with The Salvation Army.

September 24—Keynote speaker for the African Philanthropy Forum, hosted by the Ford Foundation and Chike Okoli Foundation in Nigeria. The theme was “Strategic Giving; Lessons from Global Philanthropists.”

September 27-28—Una Osili and Jon Bergdoll, applied statistician, in partnership with The Salvation Army, were invited to participate in the Human Needs Index (HNI)/U.S. Capitol Hill Public Policy Briefing in Washington to rollout the new HNI report.

September 28—Served as a presenter for the Canadian Council for International Co-operation Conference, “Influence, Inspire, Innovate: Realizing the Potential of New Policy Directions,” in Ottawa, Canada. 

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The Cable published an article about the “Strategic Giving: Lessons from Global Philanthropists  conference presented by the African Philanthropy Forum, the Ford Foundation and Chike Okoli Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. Una Osili was the keynote speaker and is quoted in the article.

A national Associated Press story about the Census Bureau’s latest report on income and poverty quotes Una Osili.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance quoted Debra Mesch in an article about getting women to talk about money, and Yahoo! Finance UK picked up the article as well.

Bloomberg BNA’ Daily Tax Report cited the school’s research about the impact of proposed tax reforms on charitable giving.

Marketplace Radio and TIME quoted Una Osili in articles about crowdfunding as a means of raising money for disaster relief in the wake of the recent hurricanes.

CNN Wire Service also quoted Una Osili in a story on corporate giving in the wake of disasters that was picked up by several other media outlets.

A Chicago Tribune story on women and finances quotes Debra Mesch.

An article that Patrick Rooney wrote for The Conversation about disaster relief giving was published by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Houston Chronicle, The Nonprofit Quarterly and other outlets.

The Orlando Sentinel quoted Dwight Burlingame in a story about the Darden restaurant company’s changes to its corporate philanthropy.

The Financial Times cited our research for Giving USA in a story on giving to the arts.

The International Business Times quoted Una Osili in a disaster relief giving article.

The Indianapolis Star quoted Patrick Rooney in a piece about disaster relief giving.

The Indianapolis Star quoted Les Lenkowsky in a story about civil society and the coarsening of civil discourse.

The Jackson Hole (Wyoming) News and Guide quoted Kirsten Grønbjerg in a story about an annual community-wide fundraising event.

The Good Journey Pod hosted Una Osili for a discussion of philanthropy in the U.S.

An article in Stuff, a New Zealand-based media outlet, about Baby Boomers’ influence on financial markets cited research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.

A brief International Policy Digest article discussed the Giving USA estimates for giving to religion and to education and quoted Una Osili.

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