Bill Stanczykiewicz

Director, The Fund Raising School; Senior Lecturer in Philanthropic Studies

The Fund Raising School
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN


Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Management
Certificate in Leadership Excellence, 2012

George Mason University
Master of Arts: Public Administration, 1996

  • Concentration in nonprofit management
  • Named Most Outstanding Student of MPA graduating class by MPA faculty

Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts: Journalism, 1985

  • Dean’s List, senior year


Bill Stanczykiewicz serves as director of The Fund Raising School and as a senior lecturer in philanthropic studies for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Bill developed nationally-recognized expertise in nonprofit leadership and management, including fundraising, while serving for 17 years as President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute – a statewide nonprofit delivering responsive professional development and relevant data on children and youth to educators, youth workers, government officials and the media. Under Bill’s leadership, IYI’s fundraising increased significantly while becoming highly diversified, and IYI’s impact and success were cited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by the Indiana Achievement Award.

Prior to leading IYI, Bill served in the public sector, first as a legislative aid to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families and then as the Policy Director for Community Renewal, a cabinet-level position in the Office of the Mayor in Indianapolis where the initiative he designed and implemented was cited as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Additional public administration responsibilities have included serving on Indiana’s Education Roundtable, the State Workforce Innovation Council, the Employ Indy regional workforce board and as an elected member of his local public school board.

Bill’s professional career started as a radio sportscaster, and he was honored as the “Indiana Sportscaster of the Year.” His media skills continue to be utilized in his current leadership duties, including appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America and ESPN as well as through numerous newspaper op-eds and radio and television interviews across Indiana.

Other personal awards include being named a “Sagamore of the Wabash,” the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana on civic leaders. Bill also was recognized as a “Next Generation Leader” by the Rockefeller Foundation, listed in “Who’s Who in Education” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and named a “Friend of Education” by the Indiana State Teachers Association.

Bill’s statewide and community volunteer service has included serving on leadership committees associated with the NCAA Final Four and the Super Bowl. Bill also served on the board of an inner-city youth organization, co-chaired a successful capital campaign for his religious congregation, coached youth sports and served on the board of his local community foundation.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in public administration (with a concentration in nonprofit management) from George Mason University and a post-graduate credential in executive leadership from Vanderbilt University. His fundraising skills were sharpened through courses offered by The Fund Raising School, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Purdue University.

Bill enjoys dating his wife, Carmen, as well as boating, fishing, golfing and playing little league with their four children.


  • Columnist, monthly column for the Indianapolis Star on topics related to youth issues, youth development and academic achievement (2003-2015)
  • Contributing Author, “Authoritative Communities: The Scientific Case for Nurturing the Whole Child,” Kathleen Kovner Kline, M.D., editor; Springer Publishing, 2008; (author of Chapter 17: “The Civil Society Model: The Organic Approach to Building Character, Competence, and Conscience in Our Young People”)
  • Editor, “New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising: Engaging Youth in Philanthropy,” Number 38, Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public Management Series, Wiley Periodicals, Inc., 2003
  • Contributor (as member of commission), National Commission on Children At Risk’s monograph, "Hardwired to Connect"

Honors & Awards

  • “Sagamore of the Wabash,” State of Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence
  • “Distinguished Hoosier,” State of Indiana, Gov. Frank O’Bannon
  • “Next Generation Leader,” Rockefeller Foundation
  • “Who’s Who in Education,” Indianapolis Business Journal
  • “Friend of Education,” Indiana State Teachers Association
  • “Chairman’s Award,” NCAA National Youth Sports Hall of Fame
  • “Indiana Sportscaster of the Year,” Indiana Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association


  • ABC’s Good Morning America
  • ESPN’s The Top 5 Reasons Why You Can’t Blame...
  • PBS Religion & Ethics Weekly
  • White House conference on “Helping America’s Youth” (panel moderator)
  • National Youth Summit – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (workshop presenter and panel moderator)
  • Saguaro Seminar – Harvard University (plenary speaker)
  • 4-H National Youth Development conference (keynote speaker)
  • Lilly Endowment Symposium on Education (panel moderator)
  • Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism (workshop presenter)
  • Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Academic Awards Luncheon (keynote speaker)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce (award ceremony speaker and workshop presenter)
  • Indiana Chamber Executives Association (plenary speaker and workshop presenter)
  • CELL conference on global competition in education and economic development (panel speaker)
  • Indiana Leadership Summit (luncheon keynote speaker)
  • Indiana Construction Association (plenary speaker)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Indiana statewide conference (plenary speaker and workshop presenter)
  • FFA Agri Institute (panelist)
  • Indiana Grantmakers Alliance statewide conference (panelist and discussion facilitator)
  • Search Institute national conference (plenary speaker and workshop presenter)
  • National League of Cities national conference (workshop presenter)
  • Perspective: Journal of the Association of YMCA Professionals  (feature-length interview on effective nonprofit management)
  • Synergy Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University (plenary speaker)
  • Numerous interviews with local television, radio and newspaper reporters in markets across Indiana
  • Countless presentations at Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs

Other Activities

  • Zionsville Community School Corporation Board of Trustees (term concluded December 31, 2014)
  • Zionsville Little League, Board of Directors – President (previous);  volunteer team manager (current)
  • Community Foundation of Boone County – Board of Directors; Strategic Planning Task Force; Grants Committee (previous)
  • Shepherd Community Center, Board of Directors – Chair (previous)
  • Grace Community Church, Imagine capital campaign ($24 million) – Co-chair (previous)