Dean's Update

2019 graduates
Our 2019 graduates 

Amidst a flurry of energy, May brings the culmination of our academic year. At our commencement ceremony, honorary doctorate recipient Dr. Elizabeth Boris spoke about the importance of extending the frontier of research to engage civic organizations. Alumna Caroline Altman Smith, M.A.’04, deputy director for education at The Kresge Foundation, shared insightful and practical lessons from her career journey, and student speaker Erin Crowther, B.A.’17, M.A.’19, conveyed the passion and preparation of our record-breaking number of graduates eager to make their mark.

As the school prepared for the June launch of Giving USA 2019 in partnership with Giving USA Foundation and Ph.D. candidates defended their dissertations, we also welcomed Professor Michael Moody of Grand Valley State University and Dr. Elizabeth Lynn, former member of Lake Institute’s Board of Advisors, to engage in the seminar on Philanthropy and Public Good(s). 

Professor Pamala Wiepking and Cathie Carrigan took a record 13 IU students on our study abroad trip, Philanthropy in a Comparative European Perspective. The group visited Berlin and Hamburg in Germany, and Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, hearing from world-leading academics, philanthropy practitioners, and policy makers, and visiting local universities, social enterprises, and nonprofits.

I had the pleasure of catching up with Board of Visitors member Ann Merkel to discuss possible joint projects and we visited with colleagues from the International Center to discuss the future of our joint training program, Civic Engagement for Expatriates. 

We spoke to new colleagues at the Donor Harmonisation Group in the Netherlands about our Global Indices, and we talked with Kate Jarvey and colleagues in Ireland who are keen to collaborate on a training program at the cutting edge of philanthropic trends. 

I also spent some time with George and Peggy Rapp and participated in a Liberty Fund Seminar organized by Professor Les Lenkowsky. The month concluded with a festive closing ceremony for IUPUI’s 50th anniversary year.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

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June

  • 11-14, Sojourners Summit for Change, Washington, DC, Melissa Spas presenting
  • 18, CCS Giving USA 2019 presentation, Chicago, IL, Dean Pasic presenting
  • 18, Giving USA 2019 presentations, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY, Patrick Rooney presenting
  • 20, Giving USA 2019 presentation, Columbus, OH, Una Osili presenting
  • 26, Meet and Greet the 2019 IU Cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows
  • 27, Philanthropy Industry Exchange Leadership Roundtable exchange
  • 27-28, Leadership Roundtable

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • 1, Lake Institute served as a keynote presenter for Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s Generosity Transformed Conference. The keynote focused on Lake’s upcoming National Study of Congregation’s Economic Practices.
  • 4, The third of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner Reformed Church in America was held in Seattle, WA.
  • 4, Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar, serving congregations in Harrisonburg, VA.
  • 4, The third of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner Reformed Church in America was led by adjunct instructors Marla Rotman and Larryl Humme in Orange City, IA.
  • David King: Lake Institute on Faith & Giving5, Dr. David King presented certificates of completion to 13 high school students who received their certificates in Youth Philanthropic Leadership. The project is a partnership among the school, the Jewish Teen Funders Network, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis in order to further enhance the learning, skills, and impact of young Jewish philanthropy leaders in Indianapolis.
  • 11, Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar, serving congregations in Northeast, OH.
  • 15, The third seminar in the Philanthropy and Public Good(s) series was hosted by Lake Institute. We were joined by Dr. Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, for a discussion on the Hippocratic Oath for philanthropists.
  • 18, Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar, serving congregations in Cincinnati, OH.
  • 18, The second of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner Reformed Church in America was led by adjunct instructors Rotman and Humme in Lynden, WA.

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Research

  • 1, Xiaonan Kou facilitated two breakout sessions of “Who Are the Donors? Understanding Giving Trends, Donor Characteristics, and Preferences,” at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Conference in Houston, TX.
  • 6, Osili was the keynote speaker at the “Next Generation Giving Summit” sponsored by Horizon Community Funds of Erlanger, KY. Her presentation was titled “The Changing Philanthropic Landscape.”
  • 21-22, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Candid and our school released the first comprehensive study on household donations to disasters, the U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 Report. The study reveals new data on U.S. households’ disaster giving and answers many of the questions most often asked about patterns, preferences, and practices of individual charitable giving for disaster aid efforts.

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