Dean's Update

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy

Early August took me to Columbus, Indiana, where BOV member Dr. Rose Mays helped open the Soul of Philanthropy pop-up exhibit at the Commons created by 2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor Valaida Fullwood, at the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month. 

We welcomed Claudia Cummings of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance to the school to discuss multiple points of collaboration. I also had the pleasure of catching up with Rob Johnson, past chair of the IU Alumni Association Board of Managers who is helping us make the most of our trip to India in September. A meeting with BOV member Dr. Carol D’Amico advanced our discussion of a gathering on education and philanthropy in 2020. 

In New York, I visited with BOV member Gail Freeman whose perspective on the field and history with the school is always illuminating. Also in New York, I joined about 10 other university-based philanthropy programs at the Ford Foundation, convened by the United Philanthropy Forum and the Sillerman Center of Brandeis University. We discussed how to connect the work in universities to each other and to the world of practice.

The President of IU and the Chancellor of IUPUI hosted informative retreats about the state of our university and campus and the priorities for the new academic year. Our school welcomed Katie Smith Milway to prepare the next phase of our research-to-practice efforts to build on the Stanford Social Innovation Review fall issue cover story by our faculty.

At our orientation for incoming master’s and Ph.D. students, the growing geographic diversity of our students was apparent, including the large number of faces joining remotely via Zoom. I had a good call with Dr. John List and John Glier, who will present a keynote at the SPI Conference we are hosting together with the University of Chicago.

I was pleased to see Dr. George Rapp receive the Sachem Award, Indiana’s highest honor, prior to leaving for India where we will launch a regional report of the Global Philanthropy Environment Index.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • Melissa Spas: Lake Institute on Faith & Giving2, Melissa Spas presented a workshop at the 2019 Solihten Annual Conference in Denver, CO, focusing on Fundraising as Ministry. Solihten is an interfaith network of counseling centers throughout the county.
  • 5, Spas provided a keynote presentation at the Lakeside Chautauqua Generosity and Stewardship Conference in Lakeside, OH. Her presentation centered on the most recent trends in religious giving.
  • 5-8, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Anne Brock and adjunct instructors Phil Jamieson and Wes Brown at Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN.
  • 8, Dr. David King presented at the Seventh Day Adventist North American Division Planned Giving & Trust Conference in Indianapolis. King’s workshop focused on Faith and Giving: In the Midst of Changing Paradigms, How Do We Focus on Faith in our Planned Giving.
  • 10, Adjunct instructor Andrea Proulx-Buinicki and Lake Institute staff member Meredith McNabb led the first of three, one-day Cultivating Generous Congregations workshops for Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Indianapolis.
  • 13-14, Lake Institute hosted a training in Indianapolis for our adjunct faculty instructors. The training focused on equipping them with the latest tools and information necessary to facilitate our courses and best represent Lake Institute.
  • 16-17, Lake Institute partner Everence Financial led a two-day Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar in Old Chatham, NY.
  • 28, Spas presented on Faith & Giving at the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program, Changing Economy session for the current cohort of pastors.

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  • 5, Dr. Chelsea Clark, Kou, and Osili hosted an Intentional Futures Give-O-Meter “sprint” at our school in collaboration with Intentional Futures and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • 6, Osili gave two presentations at the North American Division of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Planned Giving and Trust Services Conference.

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