Dean's Update

New faculty August 2018

August was a season of reflection and planning retreats for the university, campus, and school as we enter our school’s 31st year, begin the 50th year for IUPUI, and look forward to IU’s 200th anniversary in 2020. We also conducted orientations with our wonderful group of incoming B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students, effectively utilizing Zoom to include online students in our communal introductions.

Our academic year began with three new chairs on our faculty (pictured above): Pamala Wiepking as the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy, Patricia Snell Herzog as the Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy, and Laurie Paarlberg as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations. They have already taken the positive energy on the third floor of University Hall to a new level. 

Our coverage in the media continues to evolve nicely. Even though we are often seen as one-of-a-kind, it was encouraging to see us lead a distinguished category of peers as described by two Stanford professors in Forbes. As we seek to press forward to connect research to practice, we had good calls with Katie Smith Milway, a master editor and former partner at Bridgespan, and Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Board of Visitors members Maureen Hackett and Ace Yakey provided feedback for an early concept that would boost our capacity to conduct and disseminate research.

One of the ways we connect research and practice is next month’s Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference which we are hosting in Indianapolis for the first time, together with the University of Chicago Economics Department and its chair, John List, who is our Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising. We have some spaces still available, and we welcome you and other practitioners to join us.

Discussions with Board of Visitors member Carol D’Amico, colleagues at Lumina Foundation, and Fred Klipsch developed our thinking on the intersections between the fields of education and philanthropy.

The leadership team from the development office of the National University of Singapore visited the school, and were treated to impromptu greetings and good wishes from former IUPUI Chancellor Jerry Bepko, an emeritus member of our faculty

Board members Tom Hiatt and Derrick Feldmann graciously offered their help to Linda Heitzman and Neil Berman, who visited the school to discuss their launch of a new global social enterprise venture.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • August 2: In partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Reformed Church in America, adjunct instructors Larry Strenge and Marla Rotman led part one of a two-part Creating Generous Congregations seminar in Alexandria, MN. This offering included congregations from the ELCA and Roman Catholic Church.
  • August 6: David King provided a keynote presentation at the Lakeside Chautauqua Generosity and Stewardship Conference in Lakeside, OH. His presentation centered on the most recent trends in religious giving.
  • Lake Institute adjunct faculty instructorsAugust 9-10: Lake Institute hosted a training in Indianapolis for our adjunct faculty instructors. The training focused on equipping Lake’s adjunct instructors with the latest tools and information necessary to facilitate our courses and best represent Lake Institute.
  • August 18: The first of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was led by Spas and adjunct instructor Andrea Proulx Buinicki in Jeffersonville, IN.
  • August 24-25: Spas taught a two-day tailored program for Master of Divinity Students titled “Fundraising for Religious Professionals” at Louisville Presbyterian Theologcial Seminary in Louisville, KY.

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  • Una Osili at African Philanthropy ForumAugust 1-2: Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, served as a moderator at the 2018 African Philanthropy Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her session was “Philanthropists: The Unifying Force in Uncertain Times.”
  • August 14-15: Osili gave two presentations at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America conference in Boston. Her presentations were “Disruption in Philanthropy: Trends Driving the Future of Philanthropy” and “Where’s the Money? Discovering Hidden Potential for Your Mission.”
  • August 17: Anna Pruitt, managing editor of Giving USA, and Tessa Skidmore, visiting research associate, presented findings from the Giving USA 2018 report at the graduate student orientation for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  • August 21-22: Osili gave three separate presentations to different groups at the United Way of Greater St. Louis board meeting and Nonprofit Community Event.
  • August 23: Osili gave a presentation on research data sources at the 2018 Methods Boot Camp for philanthropic studies Ph.D. students at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  • August 27: Pruitt and Skidmore presented Giving USA findings to visitors from the University of Singapore.

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