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.
Eugene R. Tempel Dean