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.
September began in New Delhi where we discussed the changing landscape of global philanthropy and development with a wide variety of experts and friends.
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.
July is a good time to take stock of our visibility in the media, especially after June’s Giving USA report, which typically leads to many mentions in major media outlets. To date, this year’s report has earned coverage in at least 750 outlets.
June is usually prominently marked by the launch of Giving USA, our major study with our longtime partners at the Giving Institute and Giving USA Foundation. But this June also marked another milestone as we conducted interviews for our path-breaking Thomasson scholarships.
Amidst a flurry of energy, May brings the culmination of our academic year, including our commencement ceremony and preparations for the release of Giving USA 2019.
April is the busiest month of the spring semester as classes conclude and our soon-to-be graduates prepare for commencement.
We shared the wonderful news of the appointment of Dr. Shariq Siddiqui as director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative and assistant professor of philanthropic studies.
I visited with the leadership and board of The Patterson Foundation, which will welcome one of our graduating master’s students for a yearlong program of immersion in the foundation’s work.
We had the privilege of hosting Susan Batten, president and CEO of ABFE, as part of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy Speaker Series. Professor Tyrone Freeman led an engaging conversation in front of a substantial live audience at the Central Library with many viewers joining us online.