Henry A. Rosso Medal to be presented June 22 by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Two expert fundraisers who have significantly advanced the fundraising profession nationwide will be honored with the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D., principal and founder of J.G. Pettey & Associates, and Ted Grossnickle, CFRE, senior consultant and founder of Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, Inc., (JGA) are being recognized for lifelong dedication to emphasizing philanthropy's ethics and values, acting as a mentor to perpetuate and invigorate philanthropic traditions, and noted leadership in a long, productive career of distinction.
The honor will be presented at a dinner in Indianapolis on June 22, in conjunction with the school’s semiannual Leadership Roundtable for veteran fundraisers June 22-23. Both events are hosted by The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
“Ted and Janice exemplify many of the best characteristics of professional fundraising,” said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. They are dedicated to modeling and perpetuating high ethical standards and practices in their work and in the profession. And their commitment to advancing research that increases understanding of donors and practitioners, including those of diverse interests, motivations, ages and backgrounds, strengthens the way fundraisers do their important work. We appreciate their service to our school and to the philanthropic sector.”
The Rosso Medal was created to honor Henry A. "Hank" Rosso (1917-1999), a founder of the school’s predecessor the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and founding director of The Fund Raising School. Rosso received the inaugural medal for establishing The Fund Raising School, which enables fundraising professionals to learn ethical philanthropic fundraising, and for creating concepts of discipline and dignity in the profession.
The award has been given to individuals such as University of Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.; former Girl Scouts of America CEO Frances Hesselbein; Indianapolis Urban League Executive Director Sam Jones; AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara; and Association for Healthcare Philanthropy President and CEO Bill McGinly.
Mr. Grossnickle serves the nonprofit sector as a leader, author, speaker, teacher and board member. He currently is a member of the executive committee and board of The Giving Institute and the board of Garrett Theological Seminary. He is a former member and chair of Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s board of visitors, and formerly was a member of the board of trustees at Wabash College, where he was co-chairman of The Challenge of Excellence Campaign.
As senior consultant at the philanthropic consulting firm he co-founded with Don Johnson, Mr. Grossnickle continues to provide strategic leadership, serve clients and mentor staff, and chairs JGA’s board of directors. He is known for his authentic voice and commitment to guiding organizations across the nonprofit sector to achieve their best. JGA is noted for its success in assisting clients in education, healthcare, arts and culture, faith-based, and community organizations.
Prior to co-founding JGA, Mr. Grossnickle was vice president of development and public affairs for Franklin College and served as the college’s acting president. He previously held several leadership roles at Northern Illinois University (NIU), including director of corporate relations in the office of the president, director of special giving, executive director of the NIU Alumni Association and assistant director of development. He also served in positions with Wabash College and Proctor and Gamble Company.
Mr. Grossnickle earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential, and has received numerous honors and awards for his achievements, including receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash from Evan Bayh, being selected as the 1994 Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives, and receiving the Frank W. Misch Alumni Service Award and the 2012 Man of the Year Award from Wabash College
Dr. Pettey is a noted authority on diversity, ethics and nonprofit governance and is a nonprofit consultant and author. She is chair emeritus of both the national Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Ethics Committee and its Research Council. A faculty member for The Fund Raising School, she also is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco in the School of Education and the School of Management.
As a nonprofit executive, Dr. Pettey has served as CEO and led the development efforts of a wide variety of nonprofits, including The Asia Foundation, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, American Red Cross, Palo Alto University, and the Foundation for City College of San Francisco. Her firm works with a broad range of organizations in the United States and Asia to provide coaching, strategic planning and interim staffing services to organizations in U.S. and internationally. The company’s work emphasizes values, culture, and people.
The author of Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising, Dr. Pettey is the editor of Nonprofit Fundraising Strategy: A Guide to Ethical Decision Making and Regulation for Nonprofit Organizations and of Ethical Fundraising: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards and Fundraisers, all published by Wiley. She earned a doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.
Dr. Pettey is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Korea. She is a 4th generation Californian whose ancestors sailed from China for the United States in the 1850s. She has served on numerous boards including CFRE International, AFP, Graduate Theological Union, American Red Cross, the Institute of Nonprofit Organization and Management, and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. In 2008, she received the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award from the Golden Gate chapter of AFP, and she remains the only nonprofit professional to receive this honor from the chapter.
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