Dean's Update

Huehls, FranOn December 1 we bid farewell to Fran Huehls, associate librarian, University Library, IUPUI; emeritus faculty member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, who retired last month. Fran has been a highly valued member of our community, known to several generations of students and scholars as one of the founding figures of our enterprise.

I was pleased to welcome participants in the United Way Worldwide's The Fund Raising School course - Marketing & Digital Fundraising, and also to say hello to Dilnaz Waraich, vice president, Winnetka Interfaith Council Adjunct Professor at Benedictine University, who was visiting colleagues at Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. 

I also met with Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors (BOV) Member Holly McKiernan to brief her on the last meeting and to provide an orientation to the board.  

Additionally, we hosted a second finalist for the Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy and helped to create a supportive environment during the period before and during final exams in our student lounge, including warm caffeinated beverages and energy-filled snacks.  

Pethokoukis, JimI attended an American Enterprise Institute event in Indianapolis to hear columnist and blogger Jim Pethokoukis speak about developments in economic policy. I was also pleased to attend an Engage Indiana breakfast event during which Clay Robbins of Lilly Endowment Inc. spoke about corporate philanthropy with many of our region’s key businesses in the audience.  

I also spent several days chairing the wonderfully dedicated search committee that is looking for the next dean of the Indiana University School of Social Work.  

Qaddoura, FadyI enjoyed another illuminating conversation with Dr. George Rapp and attended the Economic Club of Indiana Luncheon where I was joined by current Ph.D. student and chief financial officer for the City of Indianapolis, Fady Qaddoura.  

I appreciated BOV member Mike Henderson bringing me together with Jim Danko, president of Butler University, to better acquaint him with our school and to discuss his ambitions in advancement.  

In addition to wrapping things up before for the holidays, I was pleased to speak with a number of inspiring experts in the field of communications and marketing as we look to boost our school’s visibility across the many different audiences we seek to engage.  

As we begin 2018 I look forward to speaking with many of you about this and other priorities in support of our remarkable students, faculty, and staff. 

News You Can Use

Board of Visitors members are invited to attend for FREE!

Leadership Roundtable to share new knowledge to help nonprofit executives, fundraisers strengthen fundraising in New Year

Members of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Board of Visitors are invited to attend The Fund Raising School’s Leadership Roundtable as our complimentary guests. The event will present the latest information on commercial donor advised funds, impact investing, and the Philanthropy Outlook for 2018 and 2019.

E-mail Bill Stanczykiewicz to facilitate your guest registration:

2017 Leadership Roundtable


  • 8, IUPUI spring semester begins
  • 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day-IUPUI CLOSED
  • 16-17, Giving Institute Annual Meeting
  • 17, Larry Kramer, Hewlett Foundation (30th Anniversary Speaker Series), University Hall 1006, 5:00 p.m.
  • 22-24: ARNOVA NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program
  • 23, Philanthropy Outlook research rollout
  • 25-26, TFRS Leadership Roundtable, Miami, FL

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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

ICYMI: View a comprehensive list of school attendees/presentations.

December 8—Learning by Giving Awards Ceremony

IUPUI charitable giving class helping to break cycle of poverty in Indianapolis

2017 Learning by Giving

The Edna Martin Christian Center will receive $10,000 to address generational poverty issues for families living in Indianapolis’ North East and Near East neighborhoods. The Center uses a “two-generation” approach that focuses on successful developmental and education outcomes for children ages 0-5 and family stability interventions such as employment, adult education, and housing for the children’s parents.

Funds granted by the class will assist families living in poverty with the cost of housing, education, childcare, transportation and basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene and baby care items. Read more>

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

December 14David King presented for The Fund Raising School’s webinar on Values and Giving: How Faith, Spirituality, and Values Affect Philanthropy.

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Angela White of Johnson Grossnickle & Associates, Genevieve Shaker, and Sarah Nathan presented “Embracing the Growing Importance of Board Diversity: Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement” (Osili, White, Lepskey, Zarins, Bergdoll)

December 20Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, participated in a podcast interview for The Fund Raising School. Topics discussed included #GivingTuesday, Global Philanthropy Indices, and new data on donors from the Generosity for Life research. 

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The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s analysis of the potential impact of tax reform on charitable giving and our experts’ commentary continued to attract extensive coverage throughout the month.

A story in The Washington Post quoted Una Osili, and she was quoted in another article in the Post about how tax reform would affect giving to congregations, while a third article in the Post on how tax reform would affect large families and two articles in the Post’s “Color of Money” column by Michelle Singletary, cited our research.

The Conversation published two articles on tax reform and giving by Patrick Rooney, the second of which was picked up by PBS News Hour’s website. He also was quoted in a national Associated Press article and an Indiana Public Media story.

CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” (note: clip does not include all of the discussion) hosted Les Lenkowsky for a panel discussion of the likely impact of tax reform on philanthropy, and he and Suzanne Garment also had a letter to the editor on the topic published in The New York Times. A National Public Radio story on repeal of the Johnson Amendment quoted Les as well.

Our tax research also was cited in a “Commentary” piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education by University of North Carolina President and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

The school was cited and/or our experts were quoted in tax reform-related stories and editorials in the following outlets. The list includes original pieces as well as pick-ups of the AP article and The Conversation article: National Public Radio, Fast Company, CNBC, CBS News MoneyWatch,, The Hill (twice), Religion News Service, Huffington Post (twice), Crain’s New York Business (subscription may be required),Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Northwest Indiana Times (twice),WFYI Radio (Indianapolis’ NPR affiliate),, Newsmax, Youth Today, Knoxville News Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bismarck (ND) Tribune, WDAY TV-Radio (ND), The Courier (Northwestern Ohio), Greenville News, Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican, Berkshire Eagle, Topeka Capital-Journal, Worcester (MA) Telegram, Omaha World-Herald, West Chester (PA) Daily Local News, Hartford Courant, Spokane Spokesman-Review, WTOP Radio (Washington, DC), Oregon Arts Watch, Elizabethtown (KY) News-Enterprise,, The New Orleans Advocate, Meriden (CT) Record-Journal, Asheville Citizen-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Register-Guard (Eugene, OR), Crosscut, WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, NY), Laredo Morning Times, Salt Lake Tribune, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (twice), Florida Keys News, Journal Record (Oklahoma City), Albuquerque Journal, Fulton (MO) Sun, Elgin (IL) Courier-News, and WTSP-TV Tampa Bay Sarasota.

 The Women’s Philanthropy Institute research released in late 2017 garnered additional coverage.

  • Forbes published Debra Mesch’s op-ed on women’s philanthropy on #GivingTuesday.
  • ThinkAdvisor published an article about WPI’s #GivingTuesday research.
  • An op-ed in the San Antonio Express-News cited WPI’s research about giving and life satisfaction.
  • Articles in the Grand Rapids Business Journal and discussed a new study on giving circles supported by WPI.
  • And an op-ed in the Portland (ME) Press-Herald cited earlier WPI research that found that talking to children about giving increases their likelihood of giving.

An article in The Conversation on “four essential reads” about giving drew on earlier articles in The Conversation by Sara Konrath and Genevieve Shaker. The piece was picked up by the Associated Press, WTOP Radio (Washington, D.C.), Portsmouth Daily Times, and the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Our research on the decline in the participation rate in household giving was featured in a Forbes op-ed authored by Una Osili. The Chronicle of Philanthropy published an article on findings from the Philanthropy Panel Study newly released through our site

The New York Times’ “Wealth Matters” column quoted Beth Gazley in a piece on how disaster giving can become sustainable philanthropy.

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