Dean's Update

Staff and students enjoy the 10th Annual IUPUI Regatta.

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.

News You Can Use


  • 2-3, Muslim Philanthropy Symposium, IUPUI
  • 3-7, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Indianapolis
  • 4, “The Urgency of Inclusion: Philanthropy in All Our Communities,” with Helene Gayle of Chicago Community Trust, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Speaker Series, Indianapolis
  • 5, IUPUI Last Lecture featuring Gene Tempel, “Something There is That Doesn’t Love a Wall”
  • 23-24, Minnesota Planned Giving Conference presentation, Una Osili, Minneapolis, MN
  • 25, Board of Visitors meeting, Indianapolis
  • 25, David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership & Giving Student Competition, Indianapolis
  • 25-26, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Advisory Board meeting
  • 25-26, Philanthropy Roundtable 27th Annual Meeting presentation, Una Osili, Palm Beach, FL
  • 29, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative Council of Advisors meeting
  • 30, A Conversation with Jim Moore of University of Illinois Foundation, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Speaker Series, Indianapolis

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • Melissa Spas: Lake Institute on Faith & Giving September 8: The second of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was led by Melissa Spas and adjunct instructor Andrea Proulx Buinicki in Seymour, IN.
  • September 8: Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted two Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars, serving congregations in Goshen, IN, and Fresno, CA.
  • September 8: Lake Institute honored advisory board member Donald Buttrey and his commitment to Lake Institute’s mission through dinner and a program at Meridian Hills Country Club. Mr. Buttrey will now become a Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Advisory Board Lifetime Member.
  • September 14: David King presented at the Religion News Association Conference in Columbus, OH. This conference brings together religion journalists from major news publications around the country. King participated on a panel focusing on Funding Religious Change, offering a broad picture of religious giving in America.
  • September 19-20: In partnership with the United Church of Christ, adjunct instructor Andy DeBraber and Spas led a two-day Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar in Cleveland, OH.
  • September 22: Lake Institute partner Everence Financial led a one-day Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar in Grantham, PA.
  • September 22: Lake Institute partners Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Reformed Church in America, along with adjunct instructors Larry Strenge and Marla Rotman, led part two of a three-part Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar in Alexandria, MN. This offering included congregations from the ELCA and the Roman Catholic Church.
  • September 24-25: King led a two-day custom Religious Fundraising Workshop for The Salvation Army in Indianapolis. The training focused on equipping Salvation Army Officers to fundraise in a religious context.
  • September 24-27: Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Spas and adjunct instructor Phil Jamieson at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.
  • September 29: The final of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, was led by Spas and Proulx Buinicki in New Albany, IN.

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  • Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Una OsiliSeptember 17: Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, presented at the IUPUI Board of Advisors meeting. Her presentation was about the philanthropic landscape and implications for the campus.
  • September 20: Osili participated in the St. Louis Federal Reserve Women in Economics podcast series. The series is designed to highlight career stories of women in economic fields.
  • September 25: Osili participated in the Youth Philanthropy Webinar series sponsored by the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She served on a panel with Sasha Zarins, Steven Sherrin, and Tiara Dungy, all from the school, to discuss funding youth philanthropy.
  • September 27: Osili hosted the Summit Marketing team for a visit to the school. The team included Col. Ron Busroe, formerly with The Salvation Army. They discussed recent findings from research conducted for the The Salvation Army.

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