I was fortunate to join Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations Laurie Paarlberg in meeting John Mutz, past president of Lilly Endowment Inc., to learn about the history of the foundation’s engagement with community foundations and much more. I also met with Lacy Johnson, chair of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Advisory Council, to review our progress on the institute.
We welcomed participants in the second Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society. I joined Professor Dwight Burlingame in a conversation about the future of our collaboration with Gary Durban, director of the Indiana University Press.
Our community turned out to welcome Helene Gayle, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, as the first speaker in our Mays Family Institute Diverse Speaker Series. Founding Dean Emeritus Gene Tempel delivered “The Last Lecture,” reserved for reflections from an IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit.
We joined our new partners from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as they announced our new collaboration to their colleagues. I was pleased to be in Bloomington to see Board of Visitors member Rose Mays receive Indiana University’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
I met with Keira Amstutz and Leah Nahmias of the Indiana Humanities Council to discuss collaboration around Mays Institute programming as well as the broader conversation about the humanities and philanthropy we plan to conduct with our community.
While in New York for a meeting of the Generosity Commission, I had a pleasant visit with Board of Visitors member Gail Freeman to update her on happenings at the school. I also met with Deana Arsenian and Patricia Nicholas at the Carnegie Corporation and introduced myself to well-known authors on philanthropy Claire Gaudiani and David Burnett. Tim McClimon of the American Express Foundation and Will Miller of the Wallace Foundation both welcomed me to their offices to learn news of the school and explore ways of working together.
October was also the occasion for a terrific Board of Visitors meeting, as we were joined by the Alumni Board and several guests. Highlights of our gathering were the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Leadership and Giving and the International Prize student competitions.
As the Board of Visitors, the Alumni Board and the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Board of Advisors joined together for dinner, we celebrated the presentation of our school’s distinguished alumni award to the remarkable Kathleen Odne, M.A.’02.
I was honored to join the 9th Annual Harvey Milk Dinner sponsored by IUPUI’s LGBTQ Student Alliance. It was a privilege to welcome the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative’s dynamic Advisory Council to campus. Allan Hubbard kindly met with me to discuss the notion of a Philanthropy Research Center.
And finally, as our second speaker in the Mays Institute speaker series we welcomed James Moore, president & CEO of the University of Illinois Foundation, who spoke on “Diversifying Talent in Educational Advancement.”