Dean's Update

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Executive Associate Dean Patrick Rooney and I were pleased to join a lively gathering of philanthropists interested in Jewish giving convened by Joel Fleishman in New York City. We hope to be able to support their efforts through our research.

In Sarasota, I met with former board chair Don Campbell and visited with the leadership and board of The Patterson Foundation, which will welcome one of our graduating master’s students for a yearlong program of immersion in the foundation’s work. I was truly impressed by The Patterson Foundation’s innovative philanthropic strategy, and I believe that our “Patterson Fellow” will have a terrific career-building experience. 

While in Florida, I also visited with George and Peggy Rapp, caught up with former board members Bob Carter and Mike Henderson, and joined the IU Foundation Board of Directors for a part of their program. Meeting with Katherine Tyler Scott generated ideas about convening organizations involved with leadership training in Indianapolis.  

We welcomed Dr. Glenn Rogers from USAID to the school to hear our report on our grant to understand cross-border giving. I also was honored to join part of the activities of the Indianapolis Women’s Philanthropy Conference.  

In Atlanta, I visited with former board member Ray Handlan and joined a group discussing the future of philanthropy in our country. We were honored that the IU Black Philanthropy Circle made a significant gift to the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy to advance its work. Finishing up the month in Washington, DC, I was at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies to share our research on the Global Philanthropy Indices.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

News You Can Use


  • 11-17, IUPUI Spring Break
  • 18, Philanthropy Research Workshop, Nina Eliasoph, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California, “Typical Styles of Navigating the Mismatched Promises of Empowerment Projects”
  • 19, The Women's Philanthropy Institute launches the Women Give 2019 research report on race, gender, and giving
  • 22, Philanthropy NY, New York, NY, Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs presenting
  • 26, Philanthropy Research Workshop, Patricia Snell Herzog, Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, “Meaning Making During Early Adulthood: Is Developing a Prosocial Orientation Part of Becoming an Adult?”
  • 26, IUPUI Nonprofit Expo for B.A. and M.A. students, IUPUI Campus Center
  • 26-28, Noah Drezner Visit, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy’s Diverse Speaker Series
  • 27, Noah Drezner, “Queering Philanthropy: Emerging Research on Alumni Giving From and Supporting the LGBTQ Communities,” Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy’s Diverse Speaker Series, Indianapolis Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. Register now.

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • 2, The first of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner, Reformed Church in America, was led by adjunct instructors Marla Rotman and Larry Humme in Lynden, WA.
  • 6-7, Lake Institute staff gathered with several adjunct faculty members to begin the update and redesign process for Lake’s Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course, with the process slated to finish later this year.
  • 8-9, Lake Institute adjunct instructors Andy DeBraber and Wendy McCormick led a two-day Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar with our partner, United Church of Christ, in Tulsa, OK.
  • 9, The first of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner, Reformed Church in America, was led by adjunct instructors Rotman and Humme in Orange City, IA.
  • 9, Lake partner Evangelical Covenant Church held its second of three custom Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars in Easton, CT.
  • 11-14, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Melissa Spas and adjunct instructor Phil Jamison at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX.

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Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Una Osili

  • 12, Osili was invited to present for the IU Center for Global Health’s monthly seminar on issues related to global health research, which is offered in partnership with the IU Center for Bioethics. She spoke on the long-term impact of civil war. The presentation was held on the IUPUI campus.
  • 14, Osili was invited to speak to the IUPUI Campaign Council about board diversity. The presentation was held on the IUPUI campus.
  • 19, Osili was invited to serve as the moderator for the Philanthropic Leadership Panel at the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Conference. The event was held in Indianapolis at Newfields.
  • 20, Osili was invited to present in Indianapolis for the Gathering, a group of women that convenes quarterly for lunch and a speaker. The group is 150 strong and comprised of business owners, corporation C-suite professionals, leaders of nonprofits, lawyers, and other professional women in Central Indiana.

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Marketing & Communications

  • The Washington Post quoted Amir Pasic about the naming rights of The Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Inside Philanthropy also cites Pasic’s insights into the issues surrounding the Sackler family’s philanthropy.
  • The Washington Post also took note of our research on changes in tax policy and its effects on charitable giving. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) quoted Una Osili about the possible timing of the impact of those changes. Financial Advisor IQ and The Seattle Times included our tax research in articles about the potential effect of new federal tax policy on giving. com (subscription required) also includes us. The Ocala StarBanner (subscription required) mentions Patrick Rooney insights into the new tax forms and rules. The Iowa City Press - Citizen ran a story on the report.
  • Barron’s Penta quoted Osili in an article about John and Laura Arnold’s decision to expand their approach to philanthropy.
  • Indianapolis Business Journal (subscription required) published a Special to IBJ by Shariq Siddiqui, a graduate of doctoral program at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  • Inside Indiana Business ran a story on the IU Black Philanthropy Circle’s gift of $150,000 to the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy.
  • Inside Indiana Business discussed “Front and Center,” the $18.5 million capital campaign of the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, which is being chaired by Founding Dean Gene Tempel.
  • Inside IU published an article and a video about Osili and the school’s Global Philanthropy Indices as part of a series of stories on major projects that won the IU President’s International Research Award.
  • Tyler Morning Telegraph (TX) mentioned research done at Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in their discussion of ‘3 giving trends to watch in 2019.’
  • The New Hampshire Business Review discussed research by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy regarding giving trends among retired men and women.
  • Philanthropy Women cited insight by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute regarding the growing influence of women in philanthropy.
  • Inside Philanthropy included our Philanthropy Panel Study research in an article about household giving.


  • Craig Leach, former member of our Board of Visitors, has been named the board to the board of visitors of the Seton Hall University School of Law, according to NJBIZ.
  • The Metro East Sun and Belleville News-Democrat mention Amy Liefer, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) as well as a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM), and her new position as the director of business development for all three HSHS Southern Illinois Division hospitals.
  • The Northwest Georgia News published a story about the retirement of long-time Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Bruce Day, which noted that he earned a Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from our school.