Dean's Update

Dean Amir Pasic

I would like to thank our board of visitors, our alumni board, and special guests for joining us in Indianapolis last month to discuss school developments, advance the work of our task forces, and engage our students and faculty.

To start the month I traveled to New York City for events associated with the awarding of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. In between events I had the true pleasure of meeting Warren Ilchman, the third director of our school’s precursor, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. It was wonderful to hear of his leadership in those days when he was among the visionaries shaping our enterprise, reminding me of the commitment, creativity, and hard work that brought us to this, our thirtieth year. While in New York, I also dropped in on Dr. Stephanie Bell-Rose as she was convening a retreat for the TIAA Institute, which allowed me to update her team on our work and to explore areas of possible collaboration. I also connected with Daryl Brewster, CEO of CECP (The CEO Force for Good), as we discussed changing patterns of employee engagement in philanthropy among some of our country’s leading corporations.

As part of our de Tocqueville speaker series we had a large turnout for Peter Levine who runs Tufts University’s civic youth program. We also welcomed a highly engaged group of South African advancement leaders under the auspices of Inyathelo. They came to Indianapolis to take advantage of customized training through The Fund Raising School. Visiting Fellow Mickey Levitan invited local entrepreneur Scott Dorsey to learn more about our school as we shared thoughts about better facilitating employee engagement in volunteer opportunities. Two historians of philanthropy, Benjamin Soskis and Larry Friedman, visited us as part of the Philanthropy Research Workshop.  

In Bloomington I attended the Black Philanthropy Circle Dinner and the Distinguished Alumni Service Awards. Back in Indianapolis I had a lovely lunch with Dr. George Rapp as we continued our discussion on how to expose our students to the rich philanthropic history of New Harmony, Indiana. 

During our Board of Visitors meeting, which was Becky Brooks’ first one in the chair position, our board judged the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving and Graham-Pelton Prize for International Service student competitions.  Elizabeth Williams and Rosie Tarlton received the David Nathan Meyerson Prize and Tiara Dungy won the Graham Pelton Prize. Elizabeth and Rosie will complete a volunteer trip here in the United States and donate to a nonprofit of their choice. Tiara will travel internationally to serve and will also donate to a nonprofit. It was also a treat to see Dr. Jane Chu, Ph.D. ’12, receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Chu_Jane 2017DAA award

I also met with Lacy Johnson to discuss our progress on building the Mays Institute on Diversity and Philanthropy, and with Cindy Lott who runs the master’s in nonprofit management at Columbia University.

I concluded the month in Columbia, Maryland where I addressed the President’s Dinner of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at the invitation of long-time The Fund Raising School faculty member and loyal champion of our school, Dr. Lilya Wagner.  

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A Statement from Dean Amir Pasic

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  • 2, Philanthropy Research Workshop, Andrew Jungclaus, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion, Columbia University
  • 2 & 3, Lake Institute Fall Advisory Board meeting
  • 6, Channel Kindness Tour (Lady Gaga’s Foundation)-Derrick Feldmann-Achieve, Dean Pasic, + 5 PHST students
  • 7, Philanthropy Research Workshop, Katherine K. Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Sumar_Nageeb7, Nageeb Sumar, Gates Foundation–30th Anniversary Speaker Series, Hine Hall Indiana Room, 6:00 p.m.
  • 9, Alvin Felzenburg Lunch Lecture (Tocqueville), Campus Center 307
  • 14, Generosity For Life webinar with Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates (speakers: Bill Stanczykiewicz, Derrick Feldmann, Angela White, Una Osili), 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Generosity for Life

  • 14, Philanthropy Research Workshop, Guy Schultz, Research Fellow, The Institute for Law and Philanthropy, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University
  • 14-15, Giving Circles conference, WPI, Giving Circles research rollout
  • 15, 2017 Indiana Philanthropy Awards (AFP IN) Taylor Whitaker, B.A. ’14 to be awarded the Outstanding Young Adult award
  • 16-18, ARNOVA Conference—Grand Rapids, MI
  • 22-24, Thanksgiving break for students
  • 23, Thanksgiving Day - OFFICE CLOSED
  • 24, Day after Thanksgiving - OFFICE CLOSED
  • 28, Philanthropy Research Workshop, Samantha Majic, Associate Professor of Political Science, City University of New York and Dept. of Gender Studies, UCLA
  • 28, Giving Tuesday
  • 30, Jason Brennan Lunch Lecture (Tocqueville), Campus Center 307

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Academic Programs/Student Services


  • 3, Derrick Feldmann, “We Know You Care…How do you get others to care: Selling Your Ideas,” Career Development Workshop for students
  • 4, Idealist Fair, Minneapolis, MN
  • 5, Idealist Fair, Chicago, IL
  • 10, Philanthropy Research Workshop: Benjamin Soskis, “Historical Inquiry in the Service of Philanthropic Practice: A Case Study of Two Case Studies”
  • 18, It’s On Us/Chalk It Out event (student campaign against sexual assault on campuses)

It's On Us 1    It's On Us 2

  • 16-17, IUPUI fall break (students)
  • 19, Philanthropy Research Workshop: Larry Friedman, “Compassionate Globalism: The Pragmatic Visionaries from Jane Addams to Robert Payton”
  • 19, Graham-Pelton Prize for International Service
  • 19, David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving

Graham Pelton Prize contestants:

  • Madelaine Berry
  • Xu Liu
  • Kinga Horvath
  • Emily Jones
  • Tiara Dungy (winner)

Meyerson Prize contestants:

  • Ashley Elsey
  • Kelsey Harrington
  • Porshea Johnson
  • Rosie Tarlton (winner)
  • Elizabeth Williams (winner)

2017 student competition winners

  • 19, 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award presentation to Jane Chu
  • 26, IU Grad FairGetting Into Graduate School
  • 27, Philanthropy Research Workshop: Joe Galaskiewicz, “Growth and Decline of Urban Establishments Before, During, and After the Great Recession”
  • 27, PHST Full Faculty Meeting

Staff/Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

October 4Patrick Rooney, executive associate dean for academic programs, spoke to the Ad Hoc Tax Coalition, a group of university federal relations officers and representatives from Washington D.C.-based higher education associations, at their at the University of Notre Dame. Patrick presented on the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Tax Policy and Charitable Giving Results reportView his PowerPoint presentation

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October 27Genevieve Shaker, associate professor of philanthropic studies, wrote a piece for The Conversation about workplace giving.

 What works in workplace giving

Has your boss ever asked you to donate to the United Way? Has a co-worker approached you about giving to the Red Cross? Does your employer encourage giving to nonprofits, or does it match your charitable donations? Read more>

October 14-25Dr. Katie Herrold traveled to Cairo, Egypt to conduct research and to participate in Takaful 2017: Sixth Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. Philanthropy in Transition: Exploring the Paths to Sustainable Development Goals.” Dr. Herrold served on several panels as shown in the below photo.

Herrold_Katie Takaful Egypt

October 24Tyrone Freeman, assistant professor and director of undergraduate programs, and Richard Turner, emeritus professor of philanthropic studies, presented “Developing an Assessment Protocol for External Faculty Review of Capstone ePortfolios” at the 2017 Assessment Institute held in downtown Indianapolis.

October 27—Through Tyrone Freeman’s organization, the school hosted the fall meeting of Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy, a voluntary association of grant-making leaders of color in the state of Indiana, to discuss social justice in philanthropy and collaborations in support of philanthropic studies students through mentoring, internships, and other forms of engagement. 

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International Programs

October 12—The school hosted the Lingnan W. T. Chan Fellows, twelve undergraduate students from China who are interns at UCLA and UC Berkeley, who came to Indiana to learn about the philanthropic sector in the United States. 

Lingnan Fellows 1     Lingnan Fellows 2

October 24–25 Dr. Ali Çarkoğlu of Koç University visited the school to explore opportunities for collaboration as Koç develops plans for a center on philanthropy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Koç Foundation next year. Dr. Çarkoğlu met with Dean Pasic and the leadership of Academic Programs, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Research and International Programs, and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.

October 31—The school hosted Sandara Kelso-Robb, CEO of Giving Northern Ireland, thanks to the connection made by former board of visitors member Ellen Remmer. Sandara is working to develop the philanthropic sector on a variety of fronts in Northern Ireland. While here she met with Dean Pasic and leaders from Academic Programs, Research and International Programs, The Fund Raising School, and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. 

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Women's Philanthropy Institute

October 3—Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) hosted historian Joan Marie Johnson at a special event in Indianapolis to discuss her new book, Funding Feminism:  Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967. More than 80 people including students, faculty, and members of the community attended the lively and informative program. Following Johnson’s presentation, three local women leaders shared their perspectives about how women today can leverage their voices and philanthropy to make a difference for their communities and the world. 

In her book, Johnson examines an understudied dimension of women’s history in the United States: how a group of affluent white women from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advanced the status of all women through acts of philanthropy. Motivated by their own experiences with sexism, and focusing on women’s need for economic independence, these benefactors sought to expand women’s access to higher education, promote suffrage, and champion reproductive rights, as well as to provide assistance to working-class women. In a time when women still wielded limited political power, philanthropy was perhaps the most potent tool they had.

Women Give 2017

Women Give 2017 cover

October 17—The highlight of the month for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) was the release of Women Give 2017 in Charlotte, NC. WPI Council member Dianne Chipps Bailey hosted two gatherings for about 250 of Charlotte’s philanthropic and business leaders to learn more about WPI and the report, Charitable Giving & Life Satisfaction:  Does Gender Matter

New WPI council member Adrienne Penta joined WPI in Charlotte as her firm Brown Brothers Harriman was a lead sponsor for the launch. 

WPI Charlotte event 1

Dianne said, “Connecting new audiences with the mission of WPI by convening to receive our ground-breaking research on gender differences in philanthropy – what possibly could be better?” 

Following Debra Mesch’s presentation of the research findings, Dr. Michael Marsicano, president & CEO of The Foundation For The Carolinas, the nation’s sixth largest community foundation, moderated a panel of passionate and thoughtful philanthropic leaders including: Will Alston, Wells Fargo; Melissa Bodford, uBack; Carlenia Ivory, City Council; Hugh McColl, Bank of America; and Liz Simmons, Levine Museum of the New South. 

Several alumnae joined WPI for the launch:  Jamie Hayes, M.A./M.P.A.. ’04; Kelly Albertson, M.A. ‘10, Brittany Jenkins, M.A./M.P.A.’16, along with Karla Williams, a TFRS faculty member. 

WPI Charlotte event 2    WPI Charlotte event 3

Also in October, Andrea Pactor, associate director, presented a session about WPI research at the Girl Scouts of the USA national conference in Columbus, OH, and at the United Way Worldwide Women United Summit in Cincinnati, OH. 

Debra Mesch presented the Women Give 2017 findings in Indianapolis to a group hosted by board of visitors member Cindy Simon Skjodt.  

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

October 7—Our partners at Reformed Church in America led a Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in New Jersey. This was the first of a two-day seminar.

October 10-11—Our partners at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship led a two-day Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in Georgia.

October 28—Adjunct faculty member Wendy McCormick led the third gathering of the Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar at Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.

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October 11Generosity For Life, a new interactive platform and resource on charitable giving, was launched. The website ( visualizes and analyzes data from the school’s Philanthropy Panel Study (PPS), which tracks over 9,000 individuals’ and families’ giving, volunteering, and factors that influence those practices (e.g., employment, health, marital status) throughout their lives.

October 24—A special report on Giving to Religion was released in partnership with the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Giving USA Foundation™. The report explores religious giving in an era of declining affiliation and attendance.

Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs

Media interviews

  • October 2—Josh Sigler, Wabash Plain Dealer, concerning the Human Needs Index (HNI) and what the results mean in Indiana. The HNI was developed in partnership with The Salvation Army.
  • October 3—Radio interview for Knowledge@Wharton

Knowledge@Wharton is a daily, call-in business interview program, broadcasting live from The Wharton School.

The topic of the discussion was how philanthropy and fundraising efforts might help those in Puerto Rico who are now facing a humanitarian crisis. Other guests included Katherine H. Hovde, a senior advisor in education issues for the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania, and Laura Fredricks, adjunct instructor at NYU School for Professional Studies.

  • October 10—Paul Clolery, The NonProfit Times, about the launch of the Generosity For Life website.
  • October 11—Eillie Anzilotti, FastCompany, about the launch of the Generosity For Life website.
  • October 13—Radio interview with Renee Montagne for NPR’s Weekend Edition about how to decide where and how to give in response to disasters and other crises.
  • October 23—Peggy Price, Investor's Business Daily concerning disaster giving and the impact of tax policy on giving
  • October 24—Lindsey Erdody, Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), concerning employee-directed giving programs
  • October 25—Marianne Hayes, All Hands, concerning corporate philanthropy
  • October 26—Marcus Charleston, KJZZ, the NPR Phoenix news station, concerning declining charitable giving in the United States

Speaking engagements

  • October 5BKD Webinar on Tax Policy & Charitable Giving
  • October 16Volunteers of America Development and Communications Boot Camp in Chicago, IL. Her presentation, "Changing Philanthropic Landscape,” was presented to Volunteers of America development and communications staff.
  • October 19—Co-presented with Angela White, senior advisor and CEO of Johnson Grossnickle & Associates (JGA) at the BoardSource Conference in Seattle, WA. JGA has partnered with the school on the study on philanthropy, leadership and board engagement. They presented their results, “Embracing the Growing Importance of Board Diversity to Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement,” at the event.

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The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy earned strong media coverage during October, including stories in major national media outlets on a variety of topics and coverage of our recently released research.

Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and other media outlets published an article that Genevieve Shaker co-authored and Jon Bergdoll helped research for The Conversation, “What Works in Workplace Giving.”

National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” program aired an interview with Una Osili about how to decide where and how to give.

A Financial Times (subscription required) article on philanthropy for environmental causes quoted Una Osili.

The Weekly Standard quoted Les Lenkowsky and Beth Gazley in an article about the American Red Cross.

The Houston Chronicle quoted Gene Tempel in a story about unpaid pledges for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.

The NonProfit Times quoted Una Osili in a piece about rebuilding in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season.

The San Francisco Chronicle and The Nonprofit Quarterly published an article written by Patrick Rooney for The Conversation on the potential impact on charities of repealing the estate tax.

Inside Higher Ed quoted Tim Seiler in a story about an increasing number of university fundraising campaigns and rising campaign goals.

A Fortune article on women’s investing and philanthropy cited research from WPI’s earlier Women Give studies.

The Indianapolis Business Journal quoted Una Osili in an article about companies offering their employees more input into the firm’s charitable giving.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy cited data from our Philanthropy Panel Study in an article about a decline in the share of Americans who are giving to charity.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy  (subscription required) cited our research for the Philanthropy Outlook in a story about the prospects for 2017 to be an outstanding year for fundraising.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required) published an article by Les Lenkowsky and Suzanne Garment about the potential downside of a universal charitable deduction.

Crain’s Detroit Business and the Battle Creek Enquirer mentioned former W.K. Kellogg Foundation leader and Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University Board of Visitors member Russ Mawby’s contributions to building and expanding the work of the school’s predecessor in an article about Dr. Mawby’s passing.

The three major research studies released by the school in recent weeks also garnered solid coverage, including stories in A-level media targets and key outlets among religion media.

Generosity For Life

Fast Company published an extensive article on the findings on declining giving rates from the data, including a graphic from the website, and quoted Una Osili.

Fortune posted a story about the findings and website.

KJZZ, a National Public Radio affiliate in the Phoenix area, broadcast an interview with Una Osili about the declining participation in giving reported in the Generosity For Life data.

Inside Philanthropy cited data from the Generosity For Life website in a story about inequality and philanthropy.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required), published a story about the decline in giving reported in the data.

The NonProfit Times wrote an article about the new website and research findings, including graphics from the website and quotes from Una Osili.

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance published an article about the resources and data available on the new website.

Women Give 2017

The Huffington Post published an article about the study’s results and implications by WPI Council member Dianne Chipps Bailey.

Financial Advisor magazine did a story on the new research, quoting Debra Mesch and Una Osili.

ThinkAdvisor reported on the life satisfaction findings from the study. and the Chicago Business Journal ran an article on the study and quoted Debra Mesch.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required) published a story about the study’s key results.

The NonProfit Times quoted Debra Mesch in a story about the findings of the research.

Philanthropy North Carolina included the study in its Nonprofit News Roundup.

Giving USA Special Report on Giving to Religion

Religion News Service (RNS) published a story, “Strong Link Found Between Worship Attendance and Religious Giving,” about the study, which quoted David King.

The Salt Lake Tribune, Colorado Springs Gazette, Crux, and the Deseret News picked up the RNS story.

An article in The Washington Times, “Religious People More Likely to Give to Charity, Study Shows,” covered the study’s results and quoted David King.

A story in The Christian Times, “People Who Attend Church Regularly Are More Likely to Donate to Charities, Study Finds,” reported on the study’s findings and quoted David King. published the article, “5 Key Takeaways for Church Leaders from the Giving USA Special Report.”

A article, “Faith File: Surprised? Data Shows Faithful Are Most Generous, Marriage Best for America,” focused on the results of the study.

The Media Research Center’s blog published a post on the study’s findings, “Study Finds Religious People Are More Likely to Give to Charity.”

CathNews New Zealand covered the report in an article “Church Attendance Influences Donations, Generosity.”

The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required) published a story on the report and its findings, “Religious Donors Who Attend Services Frequently Give More, Study Says.”

Philanthropy Daily ran a story on the results, “New report finds religious people are more likely to donate.”

Philanthropy North Carolina included the report in its Nonprofit News Roundup.

Analysis of Tax Reform Proposal’s Potential Impact on Giving

A story in The Washington Post cites findings from our study in exploring the possible implications of tax reform for nonprofits.

Marketplace Radio ran a story that included the findings and implications of our study.

A “Commentary” article in Investor’s Business Daily expressing concerns that tax reform could harm U.S. charities cites our research.

An opinion-editorial in The Hill cited findings from the study.

McClatchy News Service carried a story that cited the study extensively, which was picked up by other media outlets around the country.

Editorials in the Tuscaloosa News (Alabama) and Lancaster Online (Pennsylvania) cited results of our analysis.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy cited our tax analysis in a story about ways to increase middle-class giving, in a piece about extending the charitable deduction to all taxpayers (subscription required) and in an article about charities being divided about repeal of the estate tax.

An opinion piece in The NonProfit Times about the possible effects of tax reform on charitable giving included findings from our research.

An artnet News story included the results of our analysis.

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