Dean's Update

Commencement 2018

As we launched commencement month, I was pleased to join professors Grønbjerg, Gazely and Lenkowsky on May 1 at SPEA Bloomington to celebrate graduates from the Nonprofit Management Program that evolved together with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

The main event for the month—also the culmination of our academic year—was our sixth commencement as a school. We had the pleasure of witnessing Indiana University award honorary doctorates to three valued members of our community.

Lifetime Board of Visitors members Maureen Hackett and Jerre Stead, and founding director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Bill Enright were honored at the large IUPUI graduation and again during our more intimate school recognition ceremony. Each one issued a charge to our graduates, nicely complementing the inspirational words of our alumni speaker, Angela Carr Klitsch, M.A./M.P.A. ’07, president and CEO of EmployIndy. We also graduated a record number of nine Ph.D.s.

Thanks to the Central Indiana Community Foundation for hosting a screening of 13th, a film about racial inequality, social justice, and incarceration that I attended at the historic Athenaeum.

The school was also pleased to host a large conference room full of colleagues from The Salvation Army in town for a conference, some of whom are already taking advantage of our online graduate programs.

I also had the distinct pleasure of joining founding dean emeritus Gene Tempel for an informative lunch meeting with lifetime Board of Visitors member Don Buttrey.

Professors Rooney, Osili, Stanczykiewicz and King joined me at Lilly Endowment Inc. to present Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Clay Robbins and his team with an update on the school, which was followed by a spirited conversation on the state of philanthropy.

I also had good meetings with Sally Bindley, Bruce Boyd, and Sharon Reed prior to leaving for Berlin to participate in the European launch of the Global Philanthropy Environment Index.

News You Can Use


  • 1, Global Philanthropy Environment Index public launch, Berlin, Germany
  • 4, Black Philanthropy Council meeting, speaker Una Osili, Indianapolis
  • 7-8, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance conference (exhibiting sponsor), Indianapolis, IN
  • 7-9, Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit (sponsor), Washington, D.C.
  • 12, Giving USA 2018 released
  • 12, CCS Giving USA 2018 research presentation, Osili, New York
  • 14, Giving USA2018 research presentation, Osili, Columbus Foundation, Columbus, OH
  • 21-22: The Fund Raising School: Leadership Roundtable
  • 28-29: Philanthropic Services for Institutions Conference on Planned Giving, research presentation, Osili, Fort Lauderdale

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Learning to Give Time, Talent, and Treasure

On May 22, Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy Dwight Burlingame and Ph.D. student Dana R.H. Doan from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, joined faculty and staff from Learning to Give and Grand Valley State University, including alumnus Sal Alaimo, to share their solutions for engaging students in taking action for the common good.

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International Programs

Students are traveling to Berlin in late May for the study abroad program Philanthropy and Public Policy: The German Context. Stay tuned for the student blog.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

May 7-10
Our four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Melissa Spas and adjunct instructor Gary Dollar at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

May 17
Lake Institute, in partnership with Religion & American Culture co-sponsored the event, Reflecting on Religion and Philanthropy: Past and Present hosted in Indianapolis. In this event, historians Jim Hudnut-Buemler and David Hammack shared their reflections on the intersections of religion and philanthropy. Lake Institute’s David King served as co-moderator for the event.

May 19
The second of three Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity seminars was taught by Spas and adjunct instructor Larry Strenge with our partner Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in New Brunswick, NJ.

May 21-24
Our four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Spas and Dollar at Hellenic College of the Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. This was a custom course offered for Hellenic College that brought together leaders and stakeholders within the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

May 31
Spas and Anne Brock led a one-day workshop for Givelify, an online giving platform, in Indianapolis focusing on “Fundraising in a Religious Context.”

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  • May 2 — The research department hosted the team from TrueSense, a fundraising consulting firm, that has partnered with The Salvation Army for over 50 years. The group discussed potential for collaboration projects.
  • Una OsiliMay 3Una Osili, Ph.D., associate dean for research and international programs, was invited to provide the keynote presentation and a breakout session for The Salvation Army National Community Relations and Development and National Disaster Services Conferences held in Indianapolis. The theme of the conference was “Believe in Possibilities.” She provided an overview of the philanthropic landscape for the keynote and a breakout session on the High Net Worth Philanthropy study.
  • May 9 — Osili was invited to present a webinar for the Council on Foundations. Her presentation was entitled “Where and How is the Global Environment for Philanthropy Changing?”
  • May 10 — Osili was invited to present one of the quarterly webinars for The Fund Raising School. Her presentation was entitled “Data on Donor-Advised Funds: New Insights You Need to Know.”
  • May 15 — Osili was invited to serve as a panelist for a webinar for CCS. The title of the webinar was “Giving in Young Adulthood: Gender Differences and Changing Patterns Across the Generations.” The webinar had over 900 advance registrations.
  • May 18 — Osili was invited to present at the United Negro College Fund’s Statewide Leadership Strategic Planning Session, hosted by Eli Lilly and Company. Her presentation was entitled “Giving Trends per Sector.”

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