Dean's Update

The Changing Landscape of Global Philanthropy Development-India

September began in New Delhi where we discussed the changing landscape of global philanthropy and development with a wide variety of experts and friends. In partnership with Ashoka University and the IU India Gateway, we shared the Asia-Pacific edition of our Global Philanthropy Environment Index at the Global Philanthropy Research Workshop. Dr. Una Osili, Dr. Xiaonan Kou, Cathie Carrigan and I had the opportunity to establish meaningful connections and were pleased to have garnered many new ideas to reflect upon with our colleagues back home. 

While in India, Dr. Osili and I spoke at a workshop in conjunction with the World Bank Group where we focused on philanthropic funding of higher education. I was also able to attend a gathering of the Delhi Chapter of the IU Alumni Association that included Chapter President, Shishir Deshpande

From India, I made my way to The University of Chicago for the Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference, jointly organized with our school. Back in Indiana, Gene Tempel and I made a trip to Fort Wayne to visit the Parkview Health Mirro Center for Research and Innovation to share our insights on leadership and philanthropy.

We are happy to host for the fall semester fellows from five African nations who are taking part in the Ford Foundation-funded ARNOVA-AROCSA NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program in Africa. 

We congratulate Robert McKinney on the recent announcement that he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter later this fall. 

The school was honored to host a dedication for the Burlingame Reading Room. We were able to celebrate Drs. Dwight and Audrey Burlingame for their generosity to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. I also had the pleasure of catching up with former Board of Visitors Chair Ted Grossnickle

Congratulations to Dr. Osili, who was recognized as one of The NonProfit Times’ 2019 Power and Influence Top 50 list of the most influential people in our sector. 

We were pleased to welcome Jane Wales, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Jane is the Vice President and Executive Director of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum. During a public forum, she discussed the genesis and evolution of the Global Philanthropy Forum and her views on the evolution of philanthropy. 

Indiana University celebrated its bicentennial with a variety of activities on each campus. Our students proudly represented our school during IUPUI’s annual Regatta, wearing “Oh! The Places We’ll ROW” T-shirts, a unique take on Dr. Seuss’s memorable book. Another IU Bicentennial event included the launch of the National Service Archives at the IUPUI library. 

At the end of the month, I traveled to Turkey for the Inaugural Conference of Koç University’s Research Center on Civil Society and Philanthropy. I was pleased to spend some time with BOV member and alumnus Erdal Yildirim.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • 14, Adjunct instructor Andrea Proulx-Buinicki and Lake Institute staff member Meredith McNabb led the second of three, one-day Cultivating Generous Congregations workshops for Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Indianapolis.
  • 14, Lake Institute partner Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with adjunct instructors Larry Strenge and Dwaine Bruns led the first of a three-part Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar in Hinckley, MN. This offering included congregations from the ELCA and the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 17, Lake Institute released its Executive Report for the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices (NSCEP). The NSCEP report provides an in-depth look at how congregations receive, manage, and spend their financial resources. The most comprehensive national study of congregational finances in over a generation, the report shows how congregations regard financial resources and how theological, cultural, and practical orientations toward money relate to finance, giving cultures, and economic practices.
  • 23-26, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by McNabb and adjunct instructor Phil Jamieson at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.
  • 30-October 2, 5, Melissa Spas provided a keynote presentation at the Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference in San Diego, CA. Her presentation centered on the most recent trends in religious giving including highlighting findings from NSCEP.

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Una Osili, National Press Club award
  • 11, Osili presented to University of Massachusetts Amherst’s African Development Policy Program on “The Long-term Impacts of Civil War: First and Second Generation Effects of the Nigerian Civil War.”
  • 12, Osili was named one of The NonProfit Times 2019 Power & Influence Top 50 most influential people in the sector. She and the other leaders selected for this honor were recognized at a gala dinner at National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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