New initiatives and new beginnings were on the schedule for July. Dr. Una Osili and I had a good phone call with colleagues at the New America Foundation to explore how we might collaborate to better understand the impact of new technologies on philanthropy. The Board of Visitors Diversity Task Force met to discuss progress on the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy and other initiatives to promote inclusiveness at our school.
This month we also welcomed our newest member of the board of visitors, Bruce Boyd, adding to our growing group of champions in Chicago. We welcomed our students who joined us for orientation and our summer Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector and Law of Nonprofit Organizations courses. I was pleased to meet students from Boston, Charleston South Carolina, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, Louisville, Istanbul, and, of course, Indiana.
We issued a press release on the new activities for the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy as we come out with the public phase of this terrific endeavor that will be featured as our school’s signature theme throughout the coming academic year. We welcomed a delegation from African American Development Officers (AADO) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to discuss our partnership on a conference in Indy next April.
Lacy Johnson hosted the first meeting of the initial members of the Mays Family Institute Council of Advisors who deliberated on the future of the group and the exciting opportunities to engage a variety of communities with the speakers we will be hosting in the coming academic year.
Though I did miss Croatia’s winning goal against England during the call, I had a very helpful conversation with Fay Twersky and Lindsay Louie of the Hewlett Foundation as we discussed how foundation professionals find and use the knowledge they need to advance their work. BOV member Derrick Feldmann met with us to recommend forums we should attend to reach influencers in the field, especially in emerging generations.
Gene Tempel and I welcomed former board chair Don Campbell to the school for an engaging conversation about the path the school has taken and the promise ahead. Cordial calls with Mary Chandler, CEO of the Cummins Foundation, and Nick Tedesco of JP Morgan Philanthropy led to interesting ideas for collaboration.