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