Dean's Update

Dean's update - Berlin workshop
Una Osili presents at the Regional Reviewer's Workshop in Berlin, June 1.

We began the month with a Global Philanthropy Environment Index workshop with expert contributors from across Europe at the IU Berlin Gateway. Students in our Berlin study abroad course were able to join us at the BMW Foundation for a ceremonial launch of the Index that included concluding remarks by board member Derrick Feldmann.

We also have Derrick to thank for introducing us to the BMW Foundation and for joining me in productive meetings with key leaders in German philanthropy, including Felix Oldenburg of the Association of German Foundations, Michael Alberg-Seberich of Beyond Philanthropy, Rupert Graf Strachwitz of the Maecenata Institut, and former WPI Council member Lisa Witter of Apolitical.

In Vienna, I had the pleasure of visiting with Gunther Lutschinger of the Austrian Fundraising Association and IU M.P.A. alumna Ruth Gabler of the Austrian Fulbright Association.

Back in Indianapolis, we celebrated the 2018 Partners in Philanthropy Award Winners, including board member Cindy Simon Skjodt, who received the Herman B. Wells Visionary Award. Lacy and Patricia Johnson, who have played a key role in creating and supporting the Mays Institute on Diverse Philanthropy, received the Cornerstone Award.

We also welcomed six new members to the Board of Visitors: Perry Hines, Linda Friedlander, Rose Mays, Sally Bindley Millman, Maria Quintana, and Nicole Robinson. A press release will be going out as we get closer to the beginning of the academic year.

Prior to the official launch of Giving USA, Chicago-based board member Robinson hosted board member Caren Yanis, Bruce Boyd of Arabella and me at the Greater Chicago Food Depository for an engaging discussion about developments at the school. After the announcement that U.S. giving in 2017 had surpassed $400 billion for the first time, I had the pleasure of visiting with Rosso Medal winner Edith Falk, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Fellow John Slocum, and former board chair Don Campbell.

The school enjoyed a visit from Ingrid Srinath, director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at the liberal arts-inspired Ashoka University India. We were also pleased to help host the newest cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellows from across Africa and a sold-out Leadership Roundtable organized by The Fund Raising School.

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  • 10-13, International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Una Osili, David King, Jacqueline Ackerman, Jonathan Bergdoll, Lehn Benjamin, Thad Austin, Pamala Wiepking, Chen Ji, Krisztina Tury
  • 12, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting (virtual)
  • 12, BKD Leadership Conference, Osili, Indianapolis, IN
  • 17, the Mays Family Institute Council of Advisors inaugural meeting will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at IceMiller, Indianapolis, IN
  • 18, Lake Institute, “Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity” program (3 of 3), Grand Rapids, MI
  • 20, Lake Institute, Changing Landscape of Religious Giving workshop, New Orleans, LA
  • 21-22, Lake Institute, “Creating Congregational Cultures of Generosity” program, Wenatchee, WA
  • 23, Giving USA 2018 Purchaser Webinar, Osili, Research Team, Giving USA Foundation
  • 23-26, Lake Institute “Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising” program, Chicago, IL
  • 24, WPI research report release, “How Men and Women Give Around Retirement”
  • 26-27, Lake Institute workshop, Rethinking Stewardship Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • 28-30, YNPN National Conference, Campus Center and Hine Hall, IUPUI
  • 31-Aug. 2, 2018 African Philanthropy Forum, Osili, Johannesburg, South Africa

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During the institute, the team developed a set of recommendations for: 1) assessing general education courses; and 2) implementing the new Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success (PLUS), the revised principles of undergraduate learning. The recommendations are currently being reviewed by campus administration and shared with various IUPUI stakeholders for feedback.

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On June 13 we welcomed Dr. Ingrid Srinath, Director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University in India to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

On June 22 IUPUI and IU Bloomington welcomed the 2018 cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellows. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is engaging with these Fellows through the following programming:

  • A two-day custom program offered by The Fund Raising School, June 26–27
  • A discussion of global philanthropy with the Global Philanthropy Indices research team, July 2
  • A day-long site visit hosted by the Eli Lilly & Company Foundation, July 19.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • June 2, The second of three Creating Generous Congregations seminars was hosted and led by our partners at the Reformed Church of America in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • June 4-7, Our four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Melissa Spas and adjunct instructor Gary Dollar at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in New Haven, CT.
  • David King, Ph.D.June 7, David King, Ph.D., presented a session at the 2018 Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Conference in Indianapolis. This session, titled “Values in Grantmaking,” was designed for board members, executives, and program officers of foundations. The session explored the complex relationship of values in the decision making process.
  • Dr. King also served as a panelist for a panel conversation centered on “Engaging Diverse Groups to Work on Common Goals.” The discussion allowed leaders from the faith-based, nonprofit, and public sectors to explore taking personal and social responsibility to work with others on common goals.
  • June 15, Dr. King presented an education session in the executive track at the 2018 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference on “Values and Giving” in Irving, TX. Dr. King’s session explored what we know about the ways faith, spirituality, and values affect how a majority of donors think about their philanthropic support of religious and secular causes.
  • June 16, The final of three Creating Generous Congregations seminars was taught by Spas and adjunct instructor Larry Strenge with our partner Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • June 21, Our partner, Everence Financial, led a one-day Creating Generous Congregations seminar in Boise, ID.

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  • June 1, Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, led the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy team in the Global Philanthropy Environment Index launch event in Berlin, Germany. The event was held at the BMW Foundation and included a panel of experts. Earlier in the day, a workshop was hosted at the IU Europe Gateway in Berlin, which included country and regional experts who were part of the Global Philanthropy Environment Index research team.
  • Giving USA 2018 coverJune 5, Osili participated in the Nonprofit Quarterly webinar about Giving USA 2018.
  • June 12, Osili spoke at the Giving USA 2018 event hosted by CCS and held in New York. Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion of nonprofit experts.
  • June 12, Amir Pasic, Eugene R. Tempel Dean and professor of philanthropic studies, and Anna Pruitt, managing editor of Giving USA, participated in the Giving USA 2018 Virtual Press Conference held in Chicago.
  • June 13, Pruitt presented at the Johnson, Grossnickle + Associates (JGA) webinar announcing the findings from the Giving USA 2018 report.
  • June 14, Osili spoke at the Giving USA 2018 event hosted by Benefactor and held at the Columbus Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. Osili gave two presentations on the Giving USA 2018 findings.
  • June 18, Osili participated on the Reuters Global Markets Forum LiveChat on U.S. Charitable Giving with Aggie Sweeney, chair of Giving USA Foundation. They discussed the newly released Giving USA 2018 with Reuters’ Michael Conner.
  • June 28, Several members of the research staff participated in The Fund Raising School (TFRS) Leadership Roundtable, Indianapolis. Sasha Zarins, project coordinator, along with Ted Grossnickle (JGA) and Vernetta Walker (Independent Consultant) gave a The Fund Raising School Leadership Roundtable presentation entitled “The Impact of Diversity: Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement,” Pruitt, managing editor of Giving USA, gave a presentation entitled, “Findings from the Giving USA Special Report: The Data on Donor-Advised Funds: New Insights You Need to Know,” and Jacquie Ackerman, assistant director for research and partnerships, Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI), presented about how women and men give on #GivingTuesday, based on a December 2017 report. She was joined by Bill Stanczykiewicz, director of The Fund Raising School, who provided a fundraiser’s view on how to use the WPI research to better engage donors through social media.
  • June 28-29, Osili was invited to provide two presentations for the Philanthropic Services for Institutions Conference on Planned Giving in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She spoke about the importance of philanthropic data and generational giving.

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