Part of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration, the IU Hoosier Philanthropy Conference will be a two-day event celebrating 200 years of Hoosier philanthropy and examining the state’s future philanthropic trajectory.
The “Hoosier Philanthropy Conference: Understanding the Past, Planning the Future” will explore the role philanthropy has played in the development of Indiana’s public life and envision ways in which philanthropic action can continue to advance the public good. Led by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, conference partners include the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana University, Indiana University Foundation, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.
The keynote speaker will be Lilly Endowment Inc. Chairman of the Board, President and CEO N. Clay Robbins. The title of Robbins’ remarks is, “Philanthropic Variety: Perspectives from an Indiana Practitioner.” Plenary speakers include: James Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History at IU Bloomington; Dwight Burlingame, Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy at the school; and Gregory R. Witkowski, conference chair and associate professor of philanthropic studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
"The generosity of individuals and institutions have played an instrumental role in supporting the social, educational and cultural fabric of the Hoosier state for 200 years and it is fitting that as part of the state’s bicentennial, the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – the first school of its kind in the nation – host this important conference on the future of Indiana philanthropy,” said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie.
“We are also honored to have Lilly Endowment Inc. Chairman Clay Robbins as the keynote speaker for this event. Lilly Endowment, one of the world’s largest charitable foundations, has left an indelible mark on Indiana and IU for nearly 80 years through its extraordinary generosity."
The Feb. 18-19 conference is part of Indiana’s celebration of two centuries of statehood and is sanctioned as a bicentennial event by the Indiana 2016 Bicentennial Commission. It will be held at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis.
“Connecting with the community we serve and making a difference has been at the heart of IUPUI’s mission since its inception,” said Nasser H. Paydar, chancellor of IUPUI and executive vice president of IU. “IUPUI is at the forefront of research and practice in both civic engagement and philanthropy. This conference is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and learn about the myriad ways philanthropy inspires and sustains Hoosiers and their communities.”
The first day of the event will feature engaging discussions between philanthropy scholars and practitioners, including nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers analyzing trends in the nonprofit sector and discussing ways in which philanthropy may help shape Indiana’s future. The second day of the conference will feature a wide range of examples of philanthropic engagement from the past. Presentations by both established and emerging scholars will indicate the variety of philanthropy in Indiana's history and provide the context for understanding current trends.
“Hoosiers benefit in important, often life-changing, ways from our fellow Hoosiers’ generosity, yet philanthropy today still faces many challenges in our state and beyond,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. “We are pleased that so many of our faculty, students and alumni are able to share their research and experiences to help address those challenges and build upon Indiana’s robust philanthropic heritage.”
A wide array of topics will be addressed during the event, including charitable giving, new forms and frontiers of philanthropy, community engagement, volunteerism, Hoosier philanthropists and philanthropic institutions past and present, and philanthropy’s role in key aspects of society such as social services, health, higher education, religion, the arts and the environment.
"We are very pleased to partner with IUPUI to host this particular conference at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The Indiana Historical Society is the oldest private not for profit in the state. Since our founding in 1830 we have greatly benefitted from the strong philanthropic traditions fostered by the generosity of the English, Smith, Lilly, Reahard, Lacy and Glick families to name a few," said John Herbst, Indiana Historical Society President & CEO.
As part of the conference, Indiana Historical Society staff will lead a workshop titled, “Preserving Philanthropic History.” The program, designed by IHS to help local history organizations address important issues such as capacity building and collections stewardship, offers this hands-on approach to encourage greater confidence and comfort with fundraising at the local level.
“As we prepare to celebrate the bicentennial of both IU and our state, this is a unique opportunity to hear from some of Indiana’s most supportive, committed advocates and philanthropists,” said Daniel C. Smith, president and CEO, Indiana University Foundation. “You will be hard-pressed to find a community in our state that has not been touched, even shaped, by the incredible generosity of our IU Hoosier Philanthropy Conference panelists. We are really looking forward to it.”
“Marking Indiana’s 200 years of philanthropic engagement allows us to pass on the rich knowledge of our ancestors’ experiences to inform current practice. So many contemporary trends in philanthropic engagement actually have long roots in the past,” said Witkowski, the conference’s chair. “I am looking forward to this dialogue with the past to build our knowledge of philanthropic impact in the past to plan for the future.”