A new faculty chair at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy commemorates the centennial of community foundations in the United States, university officials announced today. A gift from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, it is believed to be the nation’s first chair focused specifically on studying and teaching about community foundations.
“The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is an established leader in building both individual community foundations and the community foundation field in the U.S. and around the world,” said Charles R. Bantz, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and executive vice president of Indiana University. “We thank the foundation for this generous opportunity to contribute to understanding and enhancing the important work of community foundations.”
“Civic engagement is integral to IUPUI’s mission and to the way our students learn,” Bantz added. “I can think of no better home for this chair than on this campus committed to community service, and in a state where community foundations have made an immeasurable difference for decades.”
The chair will elevate the level of research on the community foundation field, deepen the knowledge base, provide insights that will further improve the work of community foundations and incorporate the new knowledge into practical application for community foundation professionals and volunteers.
“The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is incredibly proud to partner with Indiana University to establish an academic chair on community foundations,” said Neal Hegarty, vice president of programs at the foundation. “Since 1979, Mott has granted more than $150 million to encourage the development of community foundations in the United States as well as globally. It is fitting that we honor this legacy – and the centennial celebration of community foundations – by establishing a base of pooled talent, intellect and leadership for the field at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
“The school’s reputation for excellence has persuaded us that this is not only the place, but the time, to support senior-level faculty who will push the frontiers of scholarship in an area of great importance to us,” Hegarty continued.
The chair will help the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy attract and retain world-class faculty members to advance its goal of improving philanthropy to improve the world. The chair holder will teach and conduct cutting-edge research at the school to educate future philanthropy and nonprofit leaders, serve as a public scholar and help increase the impact of community foundations across the country and internationally.
“This is an ideal way to honor the invaluable role community foundations play in communities and to help ensure their success in enhancing communities for generations to come,” said Gene Tempel, founding dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “The research and education generated as a result of this gift will equip community foundation leaders, staff and board members with increased knowledge and innovations to enrich and strengthen the myriad ways they serve their communities.”
About the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with 2013 year-end assets of approximately $2.4 billion, made 400 grants totaling more than $101 million. For more information, visit www.mott.org.
About the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The school offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Follow us on Twitter @IUPhilanthropy or “Like” us on Facebook.