Dean's Update

Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community panel
The "Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community" panel

At the start of November, I participated in the IUPUI Parents’ Weekend “Donuts with the Deans,” where I met parents of IUPUI students, some of whom were interested in exploring our master’s degree.

We welcomed Paul Carrese from Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, to give a talk in the Tocqueville Series. We also welcomed Dr. Brad Braxton and Rev. Starsky Wilson, who spoke about “Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community” as part of a joint Lake Institute and Mays Institute program, and they were able to join Board of Visitors member Rose Mays for a lunch meeting as well. Aimée Laramore added her perspective to theirs during the Lake and Mays event, which was moderated by Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis.

I was pleased to join Board of Visitors member Billie Dragoo’s table as the Charles Whistler award was accepted by Marianne Glick. I also had a pleasant lunch with Board of Visitors member Ellen Rosenthal to discuss recruitment possibilities for our Board of Visitors.

In Houston, I had the special treat of catching up with lifetime Board of Visitors member Maureen Hackett and visiting new acquaintances at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. In Austin, I was pleased to attend the annual ARNOVA conference where I chaired a roundtable on the connections between research and practice as well as a colloquium on the state of the field.

Back on campus, I attended the IUPUI Strategic Enrollment Summit, and we welcomed Katie Smith Milway as part of a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to explore more robust ways of disseminating research. 

We released the announcement of the McKinney Family Foundation’s generous support for the McKinney Professorship and the McKinney Fellows at the school. We thank Board of Visitors member Stephanie Goodrid Lawson and the foundation for these wonderful grants, which will allow our students and faculty to play leading roles in environmental resilience and sustainability. 

As the month concluded, I was on my way to Saudi Arabia to participate in the 8th Non Profit Sector Development Forum.

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  • 5, Julie Hatcher Retirement Celebration, IUPUI, Hine Hall, 1st Floor, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • 9, WPI book signing and reception with Kathleen Loehr, incoming chair of the WPI Council, at CASE V conference, Chicago, IL
  • 9-11, CASE V conference, Chicago, IL
  • 11, WPI research rollout on social norms
  • 17-Jan 6, Winter Break for students
  • 25 – January 1, school closed

January 2019

  • 15, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Speaker Series: Susan Batten: “Struggle and Progress: Philanthropic Leadership on Issues of Race and Equity,” Indianapolis Central Library – Clowes Auditorium, 6:00 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 is undergoing renovations to its office space 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

  • November 5-8, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Melissa Spas and adjunct instructor Gary Dollar in Durham, NC.
  • November 6, Lake Institute’s Distinguished Visitor panel discussion “Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community” was held in Shelton Auditorium at Christian Theological Seminary in collaboration with the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. Brad Braxton, Aimée Laramore, and Rev. Starsky Wilson were panelists. The discussion was moderated by Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis. Prior to the panel, Braxton and Wilson spoke at a lunch-and-learn meeting with Lilly Family School of Philanthropy students.
  • November 8, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and Lake Institute partnered to present a panel discussion, “Inspired to Give: Women, Faith, & Philanthropy,” focusing on how women from different faith traditions live their faith through giving and volunteering. Sandy Sasso, Senior Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis and 2018 Interfaith Ambassador of Indianapolis, moderated the discussion, which included panelists, Kathy Cabello, principal, Cabello Associates, Hope Hampton, founder, Indescribable Gift, Anita Joshi, pediatrician, and Rima Shahid, director, Women4Change Indiana. The event was part of the Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis.
  • November 9-10, Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar, serving congregations in Hesston, KS.
  • November 12-13, adjunct instructor Andrea Proulx-Buinicki and Lake Institute staff member Spas led two one-day Cultivating Generous Congregations workshops for Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN and Terre Haute, IN.

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  • November 7, Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, presented at the Gurin Forum in Chicago for a webcast on the Giving USA Special Report on Workplace Giving.
  • November 8, Osili presented during the "Understanding High Net Worth Donors – The 2018 US Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy" webinar with Bill Jarvis, managing director, US Trust / Bank of America Private Wealth Management. The webinar was moderated by Angela White, CEO of Johnson Grossnickle Associates, which hosted the webinar.
  • November 15-17, the following papers/presentations were provided by members of the research team who participated at the annual ARNOVA conference in Austin, TX:
  • Gender differences in charitable giving around the 2016 U.S. presidential election
    • Osili
    • Debra Mesch, Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy
    • Jacquie Ackerman, associate director for research and partnerships, Women’s Philanthropy Institute
    • Jonathon Bergdoll, applied statistician
  • Recession and Parental Role Model: The Predictors of Volunteering and Charitable Giving among Teenagers and Young Adults
  • Measuring Enabling Philanthropic Environment across Countries
    • Osili
    • Kou
    • Silvia Garcia, senior research associate
    • Cathie Carrigan, associate director for international programs
  • Poster Session - The Center for FaithJustice: Continuing the Catholic service tradition, a case study
  • The Dynamics of American Giving: Descriptive Evidence
    • Patrick Rooney, executive associate dean for academic programs
    • Han
    • Mark Wilhelm, professor of economics and philanthropic studies
    • Xiaoyun Wang, Ph.D. student
  • Poster Session - Arts Engagement, Prosocial Traits, and Prosocial Behavior
    • Konrath
    • Kou
    • Thalia Goldstein, George Mason University
  • Do Welfare Attitudes Influence Service Utilization by Needy Families? An Examination of The Human Needs Index and State-Level Remoteness
  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID): The Next 20 Years of Measuring Philanthropic Giving and Volunteering
  • November 15, during the ARNOVA conference, a meeting was held to provide an informal discussion of future directions for research on philanthropic giving and volunteering in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the world’s longest running nationally representative household panel survey. The session was led by Wilhelm and Sherrin.
  • November 15, during the ARNOVA conference, a meeting was held with the country experts and regional reviewers for the Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI) 2018 report. Led by Osili, the group discussed their experiences, feedback, and suggestions for improvements in the future.
  • Fall graduate research funding awards, through the IU Research Fund, were made to Jamie Goodwin and Krisztina Tury, who are Ph.D. students in Philanthropic Studies.

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