Dean's Update

Amir Pasic, Pamala Wiepking in Turkey

I was fortunate to begin October with a trip to Turkey. I joined professors Pamala Wiepking and Shariq Siddiqui and graduate students Seçil Kınay, Liana Varon and Sevda Kilicap for the inauguration of Koç University’s Research Center on Civil Society and Philanthropy. During this trip, I was also able to catch up with Board of Visitors member Erdal Yildirim (M.A.’15), who realized his dream of starting this center. 

We continue to celebrate the “8 Myths” cover story in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and I had the opportunity to be involved in two episodes of the First Day Podcast from The Fund Raising School based on the myths. 

We were delighted to host Sue Cunningham, president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, as she shared her thoughts on the field in a public conversation. 

I was honored to receive an invitation to the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy special event in New York. While there, I sat for an interview with Denver Frederick’s Business of Giving radio show.

The International Center’s International Citizen of the Year award dinner was this month as well, and we were able to celebrate Michael Crowther, the CEO for the Indianapolis Zoo, and parent to Erin Crowther (M.A.’19, B.A.’17). 

With Dr. Una Osili as the moderator, the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy continued the Diverse Speaker Series with “Reshaping Black Philanthropy: Inspiring the Next Generation of Philanthropists.” Thank you to Collin Mays for initiating and leading the planning for this vital community conversation. 

The American Brain Tumor Association invited me to share a presentation on the trends in philanthropy and high net worth giving. Additionally, I was honored to take part in a webinar on ethics for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. One of the topics was tainted money and conflicts between a nonprofit organization’s mission and the source of its funds. This hot topic was also the focus of a “Tainted Gifts” panel discussion at the Board of Visitors meeting. Thank you to those who were able to attend. As always, it was wonderful to see this group of leaders with such a passion for philanthropy. 

Also joining our Board of Visitors meeting, were Debra Jacobs, Laurey Stryker, and Hannah Saeger Karnei, (M.A.‘19 and inaugural Fellow) of The Patterson Foundation. We were also pleased to welcome Kathy Reich from The Ford Foundation who shared her work with our board and many others at the school and across Indiana’s nonprofit sector. A highlight of our gathering was the student competition before our dinner during which we honored Bob Grimm, University of Maryland professor and director of its Do Good Institute, as the winner of our 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Our 2018-2019 annual stewardship report is ready for release and available on our website. I hope you will take a few minutes to read it and reflect on the year’s accomplishments as well as those that lie ahead. Board of Visitors members also will receive print copies of the report.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

News You Can Use


  • 4-5, Muslim Philanthropy Initiative Symposium
  • 10, Women’s Philanthropy Institute launches research report
  • 21-23, 48th Annual ARNOVA Conference, San Diego, CA
  • 27-Dec. 1, Thanksgiving break for students


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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • 6, Lake Institute partnered with Jewish Funders Network to host a program at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy focusing on equipping and educating Jewish teens on philanthropy. Students participating in the training have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Youth Philanthropic Leadership.
  • 7-10, Lake’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Melissa Spas and Gary Dollar at Hellenic College of the Holy Cross in Brookline, MA.
  • 12, Adjunct instructor Andrea Proulx-Buinicki and Lake Institute staff member Meredith McNabb led the final workshop in a series of three, one-day Cultivating Generous Congregations workshops for Archdiocese of Indianapolis in Indianapolis.
  • 21-23, Lake’s partners at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship led a Personal Finance workshop in Decatur, GA, led in part by McNabb.
  • 21-25, Lake Institute convened a Faith & Philanthropy cohort of attendees at the SOCAP Conference in San Francisco, CA, exploring how individuals connect their values and financial capital.
  • 24, Lake Institute Advisory Board had a productive meeting where they discussed the institute’s strategic direction, its new public conversations initiative, current research initiatives. They were joined by and heard from 2019-2020 Lake Dissertation Fellow Recipient Tim Rainey.
  • 25-27, Lake Institute’s David King and Chris Munn presented multiple papers at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Conference in St. Louis, MO. The presentations centered on Lake’s initial findings from the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices.

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  • 10, The research team hosted Alisia Robin of Schwab Charitable.
  • 22, The Changes to the Giving Landscape research report, which analyzes the impact of the 2008 Great Recession on charitable giving, was released. This report was generously funded by the Vanguard Charitable Philanthropic Impact Fund.

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