Dean's Update

Diverse Speaker Series: Susan Batten
Susan Batten and Tyrone Freeman share a conversation during the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Speaker Series.

We returned to the third floor of University Hall to find six new offices, a reconfigured floor space, and glass panels in all of our doors to allow more light into our space. We continue to settle in and get used to our redesigned space.

Thanks to an introduction by BOV member Ace Yakey, BOV member Rose Mays and I made a call on Tom Morales to introduce him to the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. We also had the privilege of hosting Susan Batten, president and CEO of ABFE, as part of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Speaker Series. Professor Tyrone Freeman led an engaging conversation in front of a substantial live audience at the Central Library with many viewers joining us online. 

I had the pleasure of attending an awe-inspiring gathering on the economics of ministry with Lake Institute colleagues, former Lake Institute Board Chair Elizabeth Lynn and current Lake Institute Board Chair Fred Kniss. Some of us joined the Central Indiana Community Foundation for a viewing party of the National Day of Racial Healing livestream sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We also welcomed candidates for our open faculty position in Muslim Philanthropy. 

January 24 was IUPUI’s 50th birthday so we joined all the living mayors of Indianapolis and IUPUI leadership to celebrate in a balloon-filled Campus Center.

I traveled to Bloomington to recognize the Herbert Presidential Scholars, first-year students across IU representing the state’s highest academic achievers.

We welcomed a visit from UNCF to explore collaboration and we hosted our partners from the Giving USA Foundation to prepare for this year’s research and report writing process for Giving USA.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • 12, 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 St. Cloud, MN. 
  • 14-15, David King and Melissa Spas participated in a peer grant gathering connected with Lilly Endowment Inc.’s “Gathering First Fruits” event to collaborate and network with peer grantees. 
  • 16-18, Lake Institute board members and staff attended the “Gathering First Fruits” event hosted by Lilly Endowment Inc. This event brings together representatives from more than 110 projects funded by Lilly Endowment in three initiatives that address the economic challenges facing Christian seminaries, churches, and clergy in the United States. 
  • 26, The first of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner, Reformed Church in America, was led by adjunct instructor Andy DeBraber in Seattle, WA. 
  • 27, Lake Institute partnered with Jewish Teen Funders Network to host a program at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy focusing on equipping and educating Jewish teens on philanthropy. Snell Herzog assisted in facilitating the training. 
  • 28-31, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Spas and adjunct instructors Phil Jamison and Gary Dollar in New Braunfels, TX. This was a custom course offered for Samaritan Institute, gathering leaders from their faith-based counseling centers across the country. This was the third of three custom offerings for Samaritan Institute.
  • 28-29, King and grant partner Elizabeth Lynn attended the National Summit on Family Philanthropy conference to network and drive connections, building on grant work surrounding the current conversations around faith and philanthropy.
  • 30-Feb. 1, Spas led workshops at the High School Youth Theology Institute gathering in Indianapolis.

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  • Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Una Osili10, Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, was invited to present at Dunham+Company’s 2019 Ministry Summit in Phoenix, AZ.
  • 16, Osili was invited to present for a podcast for Marketing & Digital Strategy on Trends in Philanthropy.
  • 18, Osili was invited to present for a podcast for Next in Nonprofits, a 45-minute interview format show about new ideas, tactics and technologies in charities and social good.
  • 23, The Philanthropy Outlook 2019 & 2020 report was released in collaboration with our colleagues at Marts & Lundy. The research report, which is designed to provide nonprofits, fundraising professionals, donors, and policy makers with reliable information to help them plan, projects that U.S. charitable giving will increase by 3.4 percent in 2019 and by 4.1 percent next year.
  • 24, Osili was invited to present at the Keeping Families Connected Board of Directors meeting in Indianapolis.
  • 28-29, The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy hosted Giving USA Foundation leadership for the Giving USA partners’ annual January meeting and reception.

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