Dean's Update

Amir Pasic and Kathleen Odne
Dean Pasic with 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Kathleen Odne, M.A. '02.

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 BurnettTim 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.”

News You Can Use


  • 5, Giving USA Special Report on Workplace Giving released
  • 5, Paul Carrese Lunch Talk
  • 6, Lake Distinguished Visitor Panel Race Matters: Faith and Philanthropy in the African American Community,” 2018 Spirit and Place Festival event, Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, 7 p.m.
  • 7, Giving USA/Gurin Forum and Webcast on Giving USA Special Report on Workplace Giving, Una Osili, Chicago, IL, 11 a.m.
  • 8, Women’s Philanthropy Institute/Lake Institute on Faith & Giving event INspired to Give: Women, Faith & Philanthropy,” a 2018 Spirt & Place Festival event, Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN
  • 8, Johnson Grossnickle & Associates webinar on the 2018 US Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, Una Osili
  • 13, Women’s Philanthropy Institute Giving Circles Part 2 research released
  • 15, National Philanthropy Day
  • 15-17, ARNOVA Conference, Austin, TX


  •  9, WPI book signing and reception with Kathleen Loehr, incoming chair of the WPI Council, at CASE V conference, Chicago, IL
  • 11, WPI research rollout on dynamic norms
  • 25 – January 1, school closed

January 2019

  • 15, A Conversation with Susan Batten, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Diverse Speaker Series, Indianapolis Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 6 p.m.
  • 21, MLK, Jr. Day, school closed
  • 23, Philanthropy Outlook research report released
  • 24, IUPUI 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash

*Please note: The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will be undergoing renovations to its office space November 19, 2018 through January 4, 2019. The school will be open for business (with the exception of holidays) but many faculty and staff will work remotely during this time. If you have meetings or appointments scheduled at the school, please confirm the meeting place in advance with the person/people you are meeting.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society
  • October 1-5, Our partners at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship led a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar and Personal Finance workshop in Decatur, GA, led in part by Melissa Spas.
  • October 2-3, The Muslim Philanthropy Initiative hosted its second Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society, inviting scholars to present papers based upon academic research to further this disciplinary sub-field.
  • October 8, David King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director, presented a session at the Council of Michigan Foundations conference in Grand Rapids, MI. His presentation, titled “The Heart of Philanthropy: Through the Light of Faith,” explored faith-based philanthropic approaches that strengthen and transform the spiritual foundation of generosity for the greater good.
  • October 8, 10, & 11, Adjunct instructor Andrea Proulx-Buinicki and Lake Institute staff member Spas led three one-day Cultivating Generous Congregations workshops for Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Greensburg, IN, Nashville, IN, and Clarksville, IN.
  • October 13, Lake Institute partners Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Reformed Church in America along with adjunct instructors Larry Strenge and Marla Rotman led the final part of a three-part Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar in Alexandria, MN. This offering included congregations from the ELCA and Roman Catholic Church.
  • October 13, Spas led a custom Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar with Lake Institute partner Evangelical Covenant Church in Easton, CT.
  • October 15-18, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Spas and adjunct instructors Gary Dollar and Nathan Kirkpatrick at Massachusetts Council of Churches in Boston, MA.
  • October 25-26, Lake Institute Advisory Board had a productive meeting where they discussed the institute’s strategic direction, its new public conversations initiative, and current research initiatives.
  • October 26-27, Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar, serving congregations in Somerset, PA.
  • October 29, The Muslim Philanthropy Initiative hosted its second Council of Advisors meeting in Indianapolis. Una Osili served as chair.
  • October 29 – November 1, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Spas and Dollar in Chicago, IL. This was a custom course offered for Samaritan Institute, gathering leaders from their faith-based counseling centers across the country. This was the second of three custom offerings for Samaritan Institute.
  • October 30, Osili chaired the “Civic Engagement in Muslim Societies” session at the Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society in Indianapolis.

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  • October 11, Osili participated on the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy panel for the YMCA CEO’s and CVO’s in the United States and Canada, which was held in Indianapolis. The title of the presentation was “The Changing Philanthropic Landscape.”
  • October 19, Osili participated in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics board meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss next steps of the Philanthropy Panel Study.
  • October 22, Osili presented on recent trends in philanthropy at the Generosity Commission research meeting. The meeting was held in New York, but she joined remotely.
  • October 22, Xiaonan Kou, associate director for research, presented at the Corporation for National and Community Service grantee meeting in Washington, DC. She provided updates on the school’s project on the role of volunteerism during adolescence and the reduction of inequality during early adulthood.
  • October 24, Osili made two presentations at the Minnesota Planned Giving Conference in St. Paul, MN. She provided a keynote presentation, “The Changing Philanthropic Landscape,” and a breakout session, “High Net Worth Philanthropy Report.”
  • October 25, Osili participated on a panel discussing Impact Investing at the school’s Board of Visitors meeting in Indianapolis.
  • October 26, Osili presented at the Philanthropy Roundtable annual meeting in Palm Beach, FL, as part of a panel. Her presentation was titled “The Changing Philanthropic Landscape.”

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