We surged into September with our expanded core faculty and our largest headcount of total students to date, including all our programs together. Continuing to connect the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy to the community, we attended the Indiana Latino Institute 2018 Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month where Board of Visitors member Billie Dragoo and Charlie Garcia were recognized for their generous support.
A delegation of staff, students, and alumni attended a youthfully energetic Influence Nation Summit in Washington, D.C., organized by board member and alumnus Derrick Feldmann in collaboration with Jean Case and the Case Foundation.
While in Washington, I had the pleasure of meeting with Sue Cunningham, president of CASE; David Rubenstein, noted “patriotic philanthropist”; Steve Trachtenberg, former president of The George Washington University; and Victoria Vrana of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Back in Indianapolis, I was honored to be part of a small group of family and friends who gathered to acknowledge lifetime board member Don Buttrey and his family’s deep and lasting contributions to Lake Institute and the school. Continuing to seek input on how to expand our capacity to deliver and disseminate the kind of research that strengthens the entire sector, I benefited from conversations with Bart Peterson, David Johnson, Ryan Streeter, and Mickey Levitan.
We were thrilled to host for the first time the Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference in Indianapolis. With our partners at the University of Chicago we welcomed scholars and practitioners from across the country and three other continents for two intense days of considering how experiments can advance the state of the art. Later that week our student Regatta team, sporting fashionably retro tie-dyed T-shirts, made a good showing in this annual IUPUI tradition.
We bid farewell to Mike Henderson as he ended his service on the board. He will be missed, but we hope to entice him to the occasional gathering. We welcomed Rob Smith, the newest member of our Board of Visitors.
Finally, we continued to introduce our three new faculty chairs to the community. Brian Payne, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, met with our Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations, Laurie Paarlberg, to share important developments in community philanthropy in Indianapolis and beyond.
Lifetime board member Jerre Stead and Mary Joy Stead had a wonderful visit with Pamala Wiepking, the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy.