Dean's Update

In November we were pleased to welcome four new Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors (BOV) membersCarol D’Amico, Loren Harris, Tom Hiatt, and Caren Yanis. Carol and Tom are Hoosiers, while Caren hails from Chicago and Loren from New York City. You can read more about them on our website

D'Amico, Carol  Harris, Loren  Hiatt, Tom  Yanis, Caren

I had a productive meeting with Marissa Manlove and Tina Gridiron of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) during which we agreed to collaborate more closely in finding on-ramps for our students into professional life.

Thanks to BOV member Derrick Feldmann who arranged for the invitations, I accompanied some of our eager students to his interview of Maya Enista Smith, executive director of Lady GaGa’s Born This Way Foundation.

Sumar, NageebWe also hosted our first 30th Anniversary Speaker Series guest, Nageeb Sumar of the Gates Foundation, who visited with students and faculty before speaking about the work of the foundation’s Philanthropic Partnerships team.

I was pleased to be interviewed by Aaron Katersky’s of ABC News Radio as part of his Thanksgiving Day story on a remarkable Indianapolis girl, Emma Stumpf, who he saw featured on the Generosity for Life websiteListen to the interview>

We also welcomed our incoming Charles Stewart Mott Chair on Community Foundations, Laurie Paarlberg, for a visit before she starts formally next summer and took the opportunity to introduce her to Marissa Manlove of the IPA, BOV member Ace Yakey of Lilly Endowment Inc. (LEI), and Brian Payne of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).

As part of our de Toqueville program series we had a good turnout for Professor Alvin Felzenberg of University of Pennsylvania who spoke about his new book on William F. Buckley.

I was also pleased to meet with Saif Omar and discuss our Muslim Philanthropy Initiative as well as the Givelify team that was at the school for a special session arranged by the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.

On the day before Thanksgiving I met with BOV member Derrick Feldmann to discuss ways we might extend the school’s engagement with new audiences.

In our ongoing efforts to support our students and launch them into meaningful careers, we held a mentor/mentee event to connect students with professionals who will help guide and advise them as they craft their professional adventures.

I also had the special pleasure of catching up with lifetime BOV member Renie McCutchen and Bill McCutchen when they came through town.

WFYI Pasic Wilhelm

On Giving Tuesday I joined Professor Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm on Indianapolis PBS station WFYI for its No Limits radio talk show.

And on the last day of the month I had the honor of providing an update on our school’s progress to the Indiana University Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, chaired by former BOV member MaryEllen K. Bishop.  

Annual NYC ToastYou’re invited to our annual NYC toast on Thursday, December 7!

Click here to view the details

RSVP to Ann Boyd-Stewart


Year-end GIFT IDEAS:

  1. Please make a year-end gift NOW
  2. Gifts of publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value allow you to avoid capital gains taxes while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. The school benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from making a contribution that would be larger than what you might have been able to donate in cash.

    The following link will give you instructions. You may also call Ann Boyd-Stewart, Assistant Dean, at 317.617.6315 or contact her by email at Ann Boyd-Stewart.

  3. Connect us with organizations for internships for current students
  4. Make introductions for international research
    1. Bloomberg Philanthropies
    2. Think of invitees to Berlin, Germany launch in June 2018
  5. Consider funding for students to work in nonprofit organizations that lack dedicated development personnel
  6. Recommend customized training from The Fund Raising School

On behalf of all of our students, faculty, and staff, thank you for your generosity and engagement with us over the past year.

We hope you have a relaxing and joyous holiday season!

2017 Holiday thank you

News You Can Use


  • 7, Annual NYC Toast, 5:00–8:00 p.m.; hosted by development
  • 8, Learning by Giving Awards Ceremony (instructor: Greg Witkowski)
  • 8-17, IUPUI final exams
  • 11, last day of fall semester classes
  • 10-12, CASE V Conference – Chicago, IL (Sarah Nathan, Gene Tempel, Gen Shaker, Angela White/JGA are presenting)
  • 12, Women’s Philanthropy Institute’s Giving Tuesday research rollout
  • 25, Christmas Day –Monday, January 1, 2018 OFFICE CLOSED

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Academic Programs/Student Services

November 16-19ARNOVA’s 46th Annual Conference
Strengthening Local Communities:
The Role of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations
The school was a sponsor.
Grand Rapids, MI

View a comprehensive list of school attendees/presentations.

Student Services/Recruitment

November 6Greg Rathnow, assistant director of recruitment, and Luke Bickel, associate director of online programs, attended the Lacy Leadership “Get on Board” event.

November 9Greg Rathnow, assistant director of recruitment, attended the Indiana Latino Education Summit.

November 15Luke Bickel, associate director of online programs, presented at the Indiana Habitat for Humanity Conference.

Emily Jones blog spotlightStudent Spotlight in our NEW blog!
November 20—“Kindness is where philanthropy begins”
Learn about Emily Jones on our blog>

November 15—2017 IN Philanthropy Awards
Development and The Fund Raising School had a joint table.

Since 1983, the Indiana Philanthropy Awards have honored individuals and organizations who have enhanced philanthropy, the community, and the world through their dedicated efforts, time, leadership, passion, and generosity in Indiana. Past honorees have included some of the foremost philanthropists, leaders, organizations, and corporations in Indiana who have left an indelible mark on communities across the state and beyond.

This year they recognized alumna Taylor Whitaker, B.A. ’15, as the 2017 Outstanding Young Adult.

Philanthropy Research Workshop

November 2—Andrew Jungclaus, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion, Columbia University
"Moral Economics, the Foundation, and the Church: Methodology in Philanthropic Studies"

November 7—Katherine K. Chen, Ph.D. (Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Sociology, City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY).
“Plan Your Burn, Burn Your Plan:' How Decentralization, Storytelling, and Communification can Support Participatory Practices."

November 14—Guy Schultz, research fellow, The Institute for Law and Philanthropy, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University
"Theories of Justice and Philanthropy"

November 28—Samantha Majic, Associate Professor of Political Science, City University of New York and Dept. of Gender Studies, UCLA
"Sex Work(ers) and the Third Sector: Research and advocacy from the ground up"

November 30—Jason Brennan Tocqueville Program Talk
Is It Time to Try Alternatives to Democracy?

Staff/Faculty Activities, Awards, and Publications

Burlingame, DwightNovember 16-19Dwight Burlingame was recognized for his years of service to ARNOVA as its treasurer and board member at the annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

November 18-21Katie Herrold, assistant professor of philanthropic studies, participated in the Middle East Studies Association annual convention in Washington D.C. She presented a paper written with co-author, Dr. Mona Atia (George Washington University), entitled, “Governing Through Patronage: The rise of NGOs and the fall of civil society in Palestine and Morocco.”

Patrick Dwyer, assistant professor of philanthropic studies, published “The Helping Orientations Inventory: Measuring Propensities to Provide Autonomy and Dependency Help,” with co-authors Alexander Maki (Vanderbilt University), Joseph Vitriol (Lehigh University), John Kim (Lesley University), and Mark Snyder (University of Minnesota). Their paper appeared in the European Journal of Social Psychology.​

Charles R. Bantz facilitated the panel “Our Legacy: Making a Difference; Our Relevance: Translating Research into Practice,” at the National Communication Association Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm co-wrote an article with Lise Vesterlund and Huan Xie titled “Why Do People Give? Testing Pure and Impure Altruism” that was published in the American Economic Review. It’s about how to measure altruism, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy funded the experiment described in the article. Read the highlights>

Richard Gunderman’s latest book on philanthropy was recently published, We Come to Life with Those We Serve Fulfillment through Philanthropy.

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International Programs

November 3Dr. Masato Kimura, senior director of research at the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation in Japan, met with Dr. Kathi Badertscher and Dr. Dwight Burlingame to discuss research on civil society in Japan in the early 20th century and plans for a conference in Tokyo in March 2018 and planned 2019 publication of a book chapter on the characteristics of early 20th century American philanthropy.

November 9–10Dr. Runan Zhou, School of Communication & Design, Sun Yat-sen University, China met with faculty and doctoral students to discuss opportunities for joint research through the Henry Luce Foundation’s grant to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to strengthen the network of scholars.

November 20—The student organization China Philanthropy Leadership Initiative welcomed alumnus Mr. Wu Bin (M.A. ’16) back to the school to give a presentation on his new role as executive director at the Deng Fei Foundation in Boston.

November 21Dr. Les Lenkowsky and Cathie Carrigan met with colleagues at Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) to discuss opportunities for collaboration, thanks to alumna Diane Thomas (M.A. ’09) who is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Ukraine. UCU’s Institute of Leadership and Management was formed in 2010 to develop civil society through educating and supporting nonprofit leaders and Rector Rev. Dr. Bohdan Prach has affirmed their interest in collaborating. 

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

November 2-3Lake Institute Advisory Board had a productive meeting where they discussed the institute’s strategic direction, new partnerships, and new research initiatives.

November 6-9Melissa Spas and David King led an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course in partnership with Duke Divinity School.

November 11—Our partners at the Reformed Church in America led the second of three one-day gatherings for the Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in New Jersey.

November 11—Our partners at Everence Financial led the first of three gatherings for the Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in Phoenix. This is our first hybrid offering which will offer the next two gathering as a live webinar.

November 16Marilyn Kuhn presented on behalf of Lake Institute at the Toolbox for Pastoral Management gathering, hosted by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

November 17-18—Our partners at Everence Financial led a two-day Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminar in Illinois.

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November 16-18—Many members of the research team participated at the Annual ARNOVA conference in Grand Rapids, MI. View the comprehensive list of their presentations.

Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs-speaking engagements:

November 1—Navigating Uncertain Terrain: A Funders Briefing, Philanthropy New York in New York City for local foundation leaders and advisors. She talked about the Global Indices project. 

November 8—Giving Institute Gurin Forum in Chicago, IL. The title of her presentation was, “The Impact of Religion on Philanthropy.”

November 11—Tobias Center Conference: Visions of Development in Bloomington, IN. The panel was entitled, “Metrics for Development.”

November 14—The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates (JGA) co-hosted a webinar on the new Generosity for Life project, “How is Generosity Changing America?”

Panelists included Angela White (JGA), Derrick Feldmann (Achieve), Bill Stanczykiewicz (TFRS), Chris Jarvis (RealizedWorth), and Una Osili (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Over 415 participants + registered for the webinar.

November 28—Association of Spanish Foundations, DEMOS: Forum for Foundations and Civil Society in Madrid, Spain. The forum was designed for foundation and nonprofit leaders to encourage networking, collaboration, and promoting the development of civil society. The title of her presentation was, “Discussion on Indices of Global Philanthropy.”

Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs-media activity:

November 2—Pam Fessler, NPR, about the Human Needs Index (HNI) study results and rural poverty.

November 3—Toby Capion, Catholic News Network, EWTN, about tax policy.

November 10—NBC Nightly News, about the new tax proposal’s impact on charitable giving.

November 14—Kathryn Vasel, CNNMoney, about the new tax proposal’s impact on charitable giving.

November 14—Lindsey Erdody, Indiana Business Journal, concerning #GivingTuesday.

November 17—Michael Chandler, The Washington Post, about Gofundme’s impact on philanthropy.

November 17—Mark Hrywna, NonProfit Times, about the historical perspective of the charitable deduction and the current tax proposal’s potential impact on charitable giving. 

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Development/Alumni Engagement

Please see Dean Pasic's letter for information about the Annual NYC Toast on December 7 and year-end gift ideas to the school.

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The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy earned outstanding media coverage in November. Highlights include:

An extensive interview with Dean Amir Pasic that was featured in a Thanksgiving 2017 national special presentation from ABC Radio, “America Gives Thanks,” about generosity and giving back. The interview discusses the state of Americans’ generosity today and the interactive website recently launched by the school. It also includes an interview with young cancer patient Emma Stumpf and her generosity in creating the Emma’s Art Kits initiative, which provides art supplies to hospitalized children. Her story is highlighted at ABC News producer and correspondent Aaron Katersky traveled to Indianapolis specifically to interview Dean Pasic, Emma and her family in person. ABC also posted an abbreviated web version of the story quoting Dean Pasic.

The Financial Times published an op-ed by Una Osili about our Generosity For Life initiative and the decline in American’s participation in giving documented by our Philanthropy Panel Study.

The Guardian quoted Dean Pasic in a story comparing giving in the U.S. with giving in the U.K.

Indianapolis NPR affiliate WFYI Radio hosted Dean Pasic and Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm for a one-hour, live discussion of charitable giving on #GivingTuesday.

Inside Indiana Business did a video interview with Bill Stanczykiewicz on #GivingTuesday.

Inside Indiana Business published an article about the Lilly Endowment grant to Lake Institute on Faith & Giving to fund a new study on congregations’ finances.

TIME quoted Dwight Burlingame in a story about the Americans’ historical giving campaigns as predecessors to #GivingTuesday.

The New York Times quoted Patrick Rooney in a story about David Rockefeller’s philanthropy.

The Conversation published David King’s article “Why Faith Inspires People to Give.”

CNNMoney and NPR quoted Una Osili in stories about how charitable giving could drop under the tax plans pending in Congress. Our analysis of tax reform proposals continued to receive significant coverage, including articles and op-eds in Reuters, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, The Hill, Next Avenue, Jewish Week, Christianity Today and many other media outlets.

For the full list of the school’s extensive November media coverage, please see the attached PDF.

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