Dean's Update

We began the month by hosting Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations, through the Tocqueville Program to speak on his new book Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring. His talk elicited strong reactions, protests, and discussions that I hope will allow us to learn about engaging our polarized public square and the role that our school and campus can play in shedding more light than heat on the pressing issues of our times.

I was also pleased to join Rose Mays to hear Professor Tyrone Freeman speak about his research on Madam C.J. Walker at the Walker Theatre.

2018 Lake Lecture: Scott HarrisonI joined Lake Institute’s terrific Board of Advisors for what we think is our largest event ever when we welcomed Scott Harrison, founder and CEO, charity: water, for the 15th Annual Lake Lecture. With some 550 in attendance, alumnus Richard Klopp introduced Scott as we learned about the fascinating work of charity: water.  

During the IUPUI campus spring break I was honored to join a delegation led by Chancellor Paydar to Saudi ArabiaDr. Shariq Siddiqui and I joined two spirited IU/IUPUI alumni events in Riyadh and Dammam as we visited several foundations and institutions engaged with the rapid expansion of philanthropy promoted in the Vision 2030 campaign that seeks to transform the country. In Jeddah we had a good meeting at the Islamic Development Bank that is seeking new ways to mobilize resources for its many partners around the word. In Riyadh we met with the King Khalid Foundation, AlAnood Foundation, Suliman S. Olayan Foundation, and King Abdullah Foundation as well as WAQEF, a consultancy that specializes in Islamic endowments. We discussed a range of promising collaborations ranging from translating our research and publications to training emerging talent in the expanding nonprofit sector, to welcoming highly promising young Saudis to our degree programs. In our meeting with Deputy Minister of Labor AlMutairi, we were congratulated on our joint certificate program with the Al Fozan Academy at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). In Dammam, Chancellor Paydar and Rector Al-Sultan of KFUPM presided while we celebrated the conferrals of the first Certificates in Fundraising Management in the country. The fact that women were included in our program is remarkable.

2018 Saudi Arabia IUPUI delegation

Joel FleishmanBack in Indianapolis we had the honor of hosting Joel Fleishman, our fourth and final 30th Anniversary Speaker, who spoke on his new book, Putting Wealth to Work. I also travelled to New York for Lumina Foundation’s LiftED Conference. Back on campus we welcomed Ron Schiller, co-founder of the Aspen Leadership Group, who spoke to our students about career paths in advancement.


News You Can Use


  • 2, Diana AvivDistinguished Visiting Practitioner and Visiting Fellow, panel conversation with Les Lenkowsky and Gene Tempel (for students)
  • 2-4, Diana Aviv visiting school
  • 10, Philanthropy Research WorkshopBrian Goldstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Swarthmore College
  • 11, IUPUI Elite 50 Awards Ceremony (graduate students)
  • 17, Philanthropy Research Workshop, Leilah Vevaina, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
  • 17, Global Philanthropy Environment Index rollout event in Washington D.C. (Hudson Institute)
  • 18, Global Philanthropy Environment Index rollout event in Indianapolis (Cummins)
  • 18, IU Day

2018 IU DayIU Day is back: a 24-hour, binge-watching, social-sharing, gift-giving, IU-wearing, online celebration of Indiana University. Wherever you are, join the fun and be part of the IU extravaganza.

  • 19, Board of Visitors Meeting – Skyline Club, Indianapolis, IN
  • 20, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative’s Council of Advisors Meeting
  • 23, Dynamic Diversity Awards
  • 27, IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education Spring Awards Convocation
  • 30, Applications for WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship due
  • 30, IUPUI last day of classes

Applications for WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship due April 30, 2018

The WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports and encourages emerging scholars in their study of gender and philanthropy. By supporting final research and dissertation writing, this award fills a much needed gap.

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Academic Programs/Student Services


  • March 1-3—IMPACT National Conference-Dayton, OH
  • March 14—Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair-Westfield, IN
  • March 18-21—CFUnited Conference-Las Vegas, NV
  • March 21IUPUI Nonprofit Expo-Indianapolis, IN
  • March 29—Wabash Spring Career Networking Event-Crawfordsville, IN

Student Activities

March 7Kim Williams-Pulfer, Ph.D. candidate, defended her dissertation.
“Get Involved: Stories of The Caribbean Postcolonial Black Middle Class and the Development of Civil Society”

March 29Fady Qaddoura, Ph.D. candidate, defended his dissertation.
“Philanthropy, Policy, and Politics: Power and Influence of Health Care Nonprofit Interest Groups on the Implementation of Health Care Policy”

March 29Career & Leadership Preparedness (CLP) (for students)
Build a Strong Network for Your Career: Philanthropy Career Network
Ron Schiller, Founding Partner, Aspen Leadership Group

Philanthropy Research Workshops

March 20"Luther's Gifts"
Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies, IUPUI
Richard Turner, Professor Emeritus of English

March 27“Just Good Business: Making Sense of Success for Health Enterprises"
Emily Barman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Chicago

Faculty Activities/Publications/Awards

March 1-3—Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
Patrick Dwyer, Sara Konrath, Yuan Tian, and alumna Ellie Qu

  • Dwyer, P. C. (March, 2018). Bad gratitude: When “thank you” goes wrong. Poster presented.
  • Oveis, C., Dwyer, P. C., Younge, A., & Algoe, S. B. (March, 2018). The social functions of gratitude at the group level of analysis: Effects on 3rd party witnesses’ behaviors. 
  • Tian, Y. & Konrath, S. Charitable giving and social influence: A lab experiment on donor similarity. Poster presented.
  • Qu, E. & Konrath, S. Which types of giving are associated with a reduced 7-year mortality risk among older adults? Poster presented.
  • Konrath, S. Cultivating empathy and prosocial behavior using mobile phones.
  • Finalist in Student Poster Award Competition

Yuan was selected as a finalist in the student poster award competition. This is notable because it is an international conference with nearly 4000 attendees each year, many of whom are students.

March 17Kathi Badertscher and Dwight Burlingame attended an author’s meeting for Vol. 3 of a monograph series on Shibusawa Eiichi and Philanthropy in Tokyo, Japan.

Badertscher, KathiKathi Badertscher, Director of Master’s Degree Programs and Lecturer of Philanthropic Studies 
Dr. Badertscher gave three talks in Guangzhou, China:

  • QianHe Community Foundation (Guangdong Province)
  • School of Philanthropy – Understanding Philanthropy Club
  • Sun Yat-Sen University – History/Museology Departments

2018 SYSU lecture-Badertscher

Technology, Social Media, and Civil DiscourseMarch 20—Technology, Social Media and Civil Discourse Series
Sara Konrath spoke at the conference.
Duquesne University-Pittsburg, PA

March 22—Power of Giving Conference
Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life
2018 theme: Culture & The Arts
Greg Witkowski was invited to attend.
An invitation-only program convening philanthropists, artists, thought leaders, and social innovators to discuss the past, present, and future of American giving.
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Washington D.C.

Tyrone FreemanTyrone Freeman, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs

  • March 6—Presented “5 Traditions of Collective Giving” at the monthly meeting for Giving Sum, an Indianapolis-based giving circle.
  • March 23—Presented “How to Live a Courageously Generous Life,” to Creative Mornings Indianapolis, a breakfast lecture series for creative and artistic professionals.  
  • March 27—Wrote a blog for the Smithsonian’s exhibition on American philanthropy

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International Programs

March 19-23—Richard Rockefeller Fellows
The school hosted the second cohort.

March 27—Ford/ARNOVA Fellows panel presentation at McKinney School of Law (part of their graduate lecture series)
“Social Justice, Human Rights & Governance in Africa: Some Key Issues”
Panelists included:

  • Mutuso Dhliwayo, Zimbabwe, Natural Resources Governance
  • Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, Nigeria, Gender-Based Violence, Women’s Rights
  • Hannah Forster, Gambia, Democracy and Human Rights
  • Ngozi Iwere, Nigeria, Social Justice Advocacy
  • Tunji Lardner, Nigeria, West African NGO Network (WANGONeT)
  • Nontando Zintle Ngamlana, South Africa, Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Mina Margaret Ogbanga, Nigeria, Development, Policy, and Evaluation
  • Kelechukwu Jasper Okezie, Nigeria, Natural Resources Governance, Public Health
  • Jimmy Wilford, Zimbabwe, Youth Empowerment, Public Health

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

March 8—Our annual Lake Lecture was given by Scott Harrison of charity: water at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Scott Harrison made clear the key issues he believes are effecting charity and philanthropy in the 21st century.

ICYMI: watch the VIDEO

March 22-23—The first of two sessions of our four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) course was led by Melissa Spas in partnership with Reformed Church in America at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. This custom ECRF course focused specifically on Hispanic congregations.

March 24—Part two of a two-part Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity (CCCG) seminar was led by our partners at United Methodist Foundations in Kirksey, KY.

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Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs

March 1—Participated on the Giving USA Foundation’s donor-advised fund webcast with a panel of experts. The presentation was entitled “The Data on Donor-Advised Funds: New Insights You Need to Know.” Over 1,000 sites participated in the webinar.

March 27—Participated in the Lumina Impact Venture’s meeting, Lumina Investing in Future Talent & Education (LIFTed) 2018 convening in New York.

March 29—Served on a panel of experts for the webinar “The Impact of Diversity: Understanding how nonprofit diversity affects philanthropy, leadership, & board engagement.” The webinar was coordinated with the school, Johnson Grossnickle & Associates, and BoardSource and presented the key highlights from the new research study on the impact of board diversity and inclusion.

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The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) quoted Dean Pasic in a story about conflicts between universities and their donors, focusing on a $100 million gift at The University of Chicago.

The New York Times quoted Debra Mesch in a Sunday Review article about women, wealth and power.

The New York Times quoted Una Osili in an article about philanthropic advisors. The piece also was published by PulseNigeria.

The Financial Times (subscription required) cited research from our 2016 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy in an article, “African-American donors going back to their political roots.”

A Wealth Management article on declining generosity cited our PPS research for showing that the percentage of households that give has declined over the past 12 years.

A story in the Sacramento Business Journal (subscription required) about the impact of tax changes on nonprofit health systems quoted Patrick Rooney.

The release of Women Give 2018 earned coverage in MarketWatch, Barron’s Penta blog, The NonProfit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required).

Dean Pasic was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article about a controversial gift agreement at UNLV. Tim Seiler was quoted in a Nevada Independent story about the issue.

ThinkAdvisor quoted Dean Pasic and Una Osili in an article about our Philanthropy Outlook 2018 & 2019.

The Virginian-Pilot and the Hampton Roads Business Journal ran a column by Giving USA Foundation Past President Keith Curtis about the new Giving USA Special Report on Donor-advised Funds researched and written by our school. The NonProfit Times and eJewish Philanthropy also published articles about the report this month.

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