Dean's Update

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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.

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  • 5-7: Lakeside Chautauqua Generosity & Stewardship Conference keynote, David King, Lakeside, OH
  • 14-15: Planned Parenthood Federation of America conference presentation, Una Osili, Boston
  • 20, First day of classes for fall semester
  • 21-22: United Way of St. Louis conference presentation, Osili, St. Louis
  • 24, IUPUI 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration and Concert

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Student Services

  • July 11: We kicked off our first Executive M.A. class of the summer, PHST-P521 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, with a welcome orientation. We also held a social for the students on July 12.
  • July 16: We kicked off the second Executive M.A. class, PHST-P535 Law of Nonprofit Organizations. We hosted a social for the P535 students on July 17.
  • Undergraduate orientations were hosted on July 19 and July 23-24.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • July 10-13: David King presented at and attended the 2018 International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) Conference in Amsterdam.
  • July 18: The third of three Creating Generous Congregations seminars was hosted and led by our partners at the Reformed Church of America in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • July 20: Melissa Spas presented a workshop on “The Changing Landscape of Religious Giving” at The Church Network annual conference in New Orleans, LA. The workshop explored the ways in which research and data can help congregational leaders understand their context and make informed decisions around religious fundraising.
  • July 21-22: In partnership with the United Church of Christ Pacific Northwest Conference, adjunct instructors Andy DeBraber and Marc Kirchoff led a two-day Creating Generous Congregations seminar in Wenatchee, WA.
  • Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising courseJuly 23-26: Our four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Spas and adjunct instructor Gary Dollar at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.
  • July 26: Spas presented at the Rethinking Stewardship conference at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Her workshop, “The Invitation to Freedom,” focused the idea that religious leaders have the responsibility (and opportunity) to invite people of faith into a soul-deep conversation about money, creating a space for new practices to emerge in our congregations and organizations.

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  • Una Osili at ISTRJuly 2: Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, discussed the Global Philanthropy Environment Index on The NonProfit Times’ “Fresh Research” podcast.
  • July 11: Osili presented at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference in Amsterdam, on “Measuring Philanthropic Freedom Across Countries: How Changing Political and Economic Landscapes Affect Giving.” The school also hosted a small meeting of regional and country experts for the Global Philanthropy Environment Index program to begin the planning process for the next update.
  • July 12: Osili presented at the BKD Leadership meeting in Indianapolis. The presentation was entitled “Charitable Giving: Past, Present and Future.”
  • July 19: Osili participated in the Council on Foundations webinar “Our Nation's Giving Trends: What Does the Giving USA Report Mean for Foundations?”
  • July 23: Osili participated in the Giving USA webinar for 2018 purchasers of the report materials. She discussed the top takeaways from the Giving USA 2018 report as part of a panel of nonprofit experts.

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