This month we welcomed the third Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society. A special thank you to Dr. Shariq Siddiqui and Rafia Khader for orchestrating such an informative event.
I joined Drs. Genevieve Shaker and Sarah Nathan to speak with Board of Visitors member Gail Freeman and President at Women in Development Yolanda Johnson to discuss a partnership on a potential project. Following up on the Board of Visitors meeting, we had a webinar to present the state of the school to those who were unable to attend in person as well as alumni and students.
I attended the Association of American Universities session for IU Senior Leadership, where we discussed public opinion related to research universities. Additionally, I attended the Power of Children Awards and Symposium at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which our school is sponsoring. The symposium was open to 5th- to 10th-grade students and is designed to help them build a philanthropic project. We are offering scholarships to the six Power of Children Award winners.
Dr. Gene Tempel and I joined many well-wishers to offer congratulations to Bob McKinney, who was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Philanthropy Awards, Indiana Chapter. Also, our school hosted finalists in the search for the McKinney Professor of Environmental Resilience and Philanthropy.
We welcomed our newest board member, Tony George. I was fortunate to join Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations Dr. Laurie Paalberg for her chair’s advisory committee meeting. Additionally, I gave a video presentation on the state of philanthropy to a group of Russian higher education leaders at the European University at St. Petersburg.
Along with Katie Smith Milway, I met with Drs. Siddiqui, Lehn Benjamin, and Una Osili, Andrea Pactor, Anne Brock, Meredith McNabb, Aja Pirtle, and writer Mary Dieter about the Research to Practice project being funded by the Hewlett Foundation.
We were grateful to have Mary Chandler, VP of Community Relations at Cummins, join us for a well-attended workshop for students from our school as well as from the Kelley School of Business and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Our school was well represented at the ARNOVA Conference as many faculty and students presented papers. I’m pleased to share that during the conference Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy Dr. Dwight Burlingame was honored with ARNOVA’s Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award for his many contributions to our field.
We are excited to welcome Rob Reich of Stanford University on December 5 as he discusses themes from his new book Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better and shares his outlook on the field of philanthropy. We hope you can join us for his presentation.
Eugene R. Tempel Dean