Dean's Update

Julie Hatcher and Kirsten Grønbjerg

December opened with the warm hospitality of our colleagues at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals’ Al-Fozan Academy as Professor Shariq Siddiqui and I participated in the 8th Non-profit Sector Development Forum in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, titled “Knowledge Management and Impact in the Non-profit Sector.” We welcomed Peter Hoskow as a new member of our Board of Visitors.

We also shared milestones for our school’s faculty. We celebrated the retirement of Professor Julie Hatcher whose pioneering work on service learning and the philanthropic studies curriculum helped set the DNA for our enterprise. And we extended congratulations as well to Kirsten Grønbjerg, Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at our school and groundbreaking researcher in mapping and understanding the nonprofit sector, who was named a Distinguished Professor by Indiana University. Julie and Kirsten are each among the most respected leaders and scholars in their fields.

While in the Bay Area, I met with Board of Visitors member Loren Harris, The Fund Raising School’s longtime faculty member Janice Gow Petty, Linda Baker of the Packard Foundation, Kimberly Myers Hewlett of Stanford University, as well as Stephanie Gillis of the Raikes Foundation and Jane Wales, founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum. 

I had a productive meeting with Dean Lisa Brooks of Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts to discuss a possible joint program for Butler students with our school. During December, our staff demonstrated laudable flexibility by working from home or in temporary spaces as we undertook a thorough reconfiguration of our space to create six new offices and more room for growth. As the year closed amidst holiday celebrations, the progress of the renovations promised to have the space ready just in time for the start of classes in 2019!

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

News You Can Use

Applications are now open for the summer study abroad program "Philanthropy in a Comparative European Perspective," which will include lectures at key universities and visits to philanthropic organizations in Berlin, Hamburg, and Amsterdam. Board of Visitors members are welcome to join the course.

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  • 7, IUPUI spring semester begins
  • 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, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, school closed
  • 23, Philanthropy Outlook research report released
  • 24, IUPUI 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • 2-5: Lake Institute hosted a convening in Indianapolis for 10 congregations of women religious grantees as a part of its Advancing Mission 2.0 grant. This was the first of three gatherings of the grantees who received training and coaching around fundraising in a religious context.
  • 5: David King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director, presented a workshop on Values and Giving at the 2018 Habitat for Humanity Indiana state conference in Indianapolis. The workshop explored what is known about the ways that faith, spirituality, and values affect how a majority of donors think about their philanthropic support of religious and secular causes.
  • 8: Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar, serving congregations in Kalana, IA.
  • 11: Local alumni from Lake Institute’s Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course gathered in Indianapolis at Broadway United Methodist Church as part of a community of practice forming for past course participants. The former participants were presented with updated research and provided an avenue to connect with other religious leaders in their community who have participated in Lake Institute educational programs.
  • 20: Melissa Spas, managing director of education and engagement, led a one-day workshop for Givelify, an online giving platform, in Indianapolis focusing on “Fundraising in a Religious Context.”

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  • 11-12, Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, met with leaders at Schwab Charitable and Facebook to explore the potential for research partnerships.
  • Nearly 40 school faculty, staff and students gave presentations and/or led activities at the ARNOVA annual conference, “From Relief to Resilience: How Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Volunteers Bridge the Gap between Crisis and Sustainability” in Austin, TX, November 15-17.

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