INDIANAPOLIS - The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University will honor philanthropic leader Ted R. Grossnickle, CFRE, at the annual Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Spirit of Philanthropy Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 22nd in Indianapolis.
The Spirit of Philanthropy awards recognize individuals, corporations, and foundations that have supported and contributed to university programs and departments through their gifts and voluntary service.
Grossnickle has been a key volunteer and supporter for the Center on Philanthropy for more than a decade.
“Ted’s visionary volunteer leadership plays an important role in helping to shape the Center on Philanthropy’s future,” said Patrick M. Rooney, executive director of the Center. “We are fortunate that he chooses to share his time, expertise and good counsel with us.”
Grossnickle currently serves as chair-elect of the Center’s board of visitors and leads its endowment campaign committee. A donor and member of the Center’s Sage Society, Grossnickle also chaired the Center’s campaign readiness task force.
“Ted is intensely devoted to helping others make a difference,” Rooney said. “He encourages the Center and everyone involved in philanthropy to set ever-higher aspirations for philanthropy’s impact in the world.”
A highly respected advisor in the nonprofit sector, Grossnickle is senior managing consultant and co-founder of Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, a consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations. Before starting Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates in 1994, Grossnickle was vice president of development and public affairs at Franklin College for 10 years, and was Franklin’s acting president in 1993. He previously served Northern Illinois University in several senior executive roles, including director of corporate relations in the office of the president, executive director of the alumni association, and director of special giving. He also has held positions at Wabash College and Procter & Gamble.
Grossnickle’s consulting expertise has advanced the missions of institutions such as Anderson University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Conner Prairie and many others. As an author, speaker and teacher, he makes innumerable contributions to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and he was named Fundraising Executive of the Year in 1994 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Indiana Chapter. He is chairman of Achieve, LLC, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Wabash College and Garrett Seminary. Grossnickle earned a baccalaureate degree from Wabash College and a master's degree from Northern Illinois University.
The Indiana University Foundation, IUPUI and the Center will sponsor the Spirit of Philanthropy event.
About the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, a part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is a leading academic center dedicated to increasing the understanding of philanthropy and improving its practice worldwide through research, teaching, training and public affairs programs in philanthropy, fundraising, and management of nonprofit organizations.