Dean's Update

Don Campbell
Don Campbell 

April is the busiest month of the spring semester as classes conclude and our soon-to-be graduates prepare for commencement.

Thanks to former BOV member Harriet Ivey for introducing me to Charles Miller, Director of Development for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, whom we welcomed to the school to start the month. I was also pleased to catch up with Ed Torres of Lilly Ventures.

This year’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award was presented to our Drs. Dwight and Audrey Burlingame for their deep, long-standing and multi-faceted commitment to building and shaping our school. Dwight serves as our Glenn Family Chair of Philanthropy and, as he concludes his service this year as the chair of our faculty, he will also serve as the Faculty Marshal for our School Recognition Ceremony following Commencement on May 11.

We had a productive meeting of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Advisory Council as we marked our progress and reviewed a strategic plan. The evening before our Board of Visitors meeting, we were joined by the Alumni Board and special guests to celebrate Don Campbell and his gift to establish the Donald A. Campbell Chair in Fundraising Leadership.

Our Board of Visitors meeting, which allows us to mark our progress every six months, included engagement with our students as well as a session on diversity, equity and inclusion led by professor Tyrone Freeman. After the meeting, many of us attended the Lake Lecture that featured the masterful storytelling of Lynne Twist on her book The Soul of Money.

I joined the always engaging Lake Institute Board of Advisors to discuss the state of our school as professor Shariq Siddiqui shared initial thoughts about the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative.

As it is every year, the Capstone ePortfolio showcase was a highlight of the academic year, as our graduating seniors crafted thoughtful presentations on their educational journey and how it has prepared them for their next steps in life and work.

We joined our colleagues in the School of Liberal Arts to welcome John List of the University of Chicago, who is also our Visiting Robert F. Hartsook Chair in Fundraising. John was the inaugural speaker in the VeZolles Lecture in Economics.

At Brown University, I participated on a panel on Ethics, Arts and Philanthropy, and also visited with Sergio Gonzalez, Senior Vice President for Advancement at Brown, while stopping in Boston to see Elaine Martyn and Nageeb Sumar of Fidelity Charitable.

We welcomed the newest cohort of the Richard Rockefeller Fellows, who were selected as highly promising philanthropy practitioners in Greater China by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In Chicago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Evan Hochberg of the Crown Family Philanthropies, Valerie Chang of the MacArthur Foundation, BOV member Caren Croland Yanis, and colleagues at Forefront, thanks to the kind introductions by BOV members Yanis and Bruce Boyd.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

News You Can Use


  • 7, Philanthropy Research Workshop with Stephen Knowles
  • 9, Celebration of Black Graduates
  • 11, Commencement, Lucas Oil Stadium
  • 11, School Recognition Ceremony, Indiana Convention Center
  • 14, Women's Philanthropy Institute research rollout on women’s funds and foundations
  • 14-15, ISTR/WITS Africa Ph.D. Seminar, Johannesburg, South Africa, Una Osili presenting
  • 21, Disaster Giving research rollout with Center on Disaster Philanthropy and Candid
  • 23, Tax proposal analysis research rollout
  • 29, Lake Institute NSCEP initial findings research rollout
  • 28–31, Bonner Summer Leadership Institute, Waynesburg, PA
  • 31, IUPUI 50th Anniversary Closing Event

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

2019 Lake Lecture
2019 Lake Lecture
  • 5, Melissa Spas and Meredith McNabb presented a workshop titled Faith, Values, and Giving at the YMCA North American YMCA Development Organization conference in Indianapolis.
  • 11, Our annual Lake Lecture was given by author Lynne Twist at Indiana Landmarks, attended by 230 individuals. Twist, highlighting the themes in her book, The Soul of Money, made clear the need to shift from a mindset of scarcity to a mindset of abundance.

    Watch the full 2019 Lake Lecture video

  • 11-12, Lake Institute Advisory Board had a productive meeting discussing emerging topics in philanthropy and faith and current research initiatives. Three founding advisory board members, Dennis Sasso, Carol Johnston, and David Smith, completed their terms of service on the board.
  • 18, The second seminar in the Philanthropy and Public Good(s) series was hosted by Lake Institute. We were joined by Ajay K. Mehrotra, Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, for a discussion on questions of taxation, charitable giving, and the best way to support the development of the public good.
  • 22, The Muslim Philanthropy Initiative hosted its Council of Advisors meeting in Indianapolis.
  • 30–May 1, Lake Institute served as a keynote presenter for Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s Generosity Transformed Conference. The keynote focused on the initial findings of Lake’s National Study of Congregation’s Economic Practices.

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  • 3, Osili was invited to serve on the plenary panel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Greater Giving Summit in Seattle, WA. The presentation was entitled “State of the State of Giving Worldwide,” and included Shena Ashley, Vice President, Center on Nonprofits, Urban Institute, Ruixi Hao, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Arnav Kapur, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Osili also presented for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Summit. The presentation was entitled “Jump from Data to Action: Use Research About Gender & Giving to Change Behaviors,” and included Loehr, Senior Consultant, Aspen Leadership Group; and Mesch, Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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Drs. Dwight and Audrey Burlingame receive the Spirit of Philanthropy Award
Drs. Dwight and Audrey Burlingame receive the Spirit of Philanthropy Award
  • 10, The school’s Board of Visitors and Alumni Board and special guests joined together to celebrate Don Campbell and his $1.5 million gift to establish the Donald A. Campbell Chair in Fundraising Leadership at the school. Campbell is is one of the preeminent leaders of the fundraising profession. He is the founder of Campbell & Company, a leading national fundraising, marketing, and executive search firm that he guided to national prominence.
  • 11, This year’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award was presented to our Drs. Dwight and Audrey Burlingame for their deep, long-standing and multi-faceted commitment to building and shaping our school. Dwight serves as our Glenn Family Chair of Philanthropy. Since 1989, the Spirit of Philanthropy Award has been presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the academic and cultural well-being of IUPUI and its faculty, staff, and students through generous donations, volunteerism, and other notable investments.
  • 16, The development team hosted a reception at Newfields attended by 200 development people from around the country who were participating in the Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership in Indianapolis co-sponsored by the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the African American Development Officers network (AADO).

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