About the Symposium
The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy believes that bringing practitioners and scholars together to explore the “how, why, and what if” of philanthropy rather than the “how to,” is a way to improve practice and inform theory. Attendees at our symposium will step back from day-to-day demands to reflect on fundraising and philanthropy’s future and the implications for their organizations. Discussions will include trends and developments as well as what we need to know to continue to progress in philanthropy and fundraising.
Organized by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Dwight Burlingame, Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy and Professor of Philanthropic Studies
Tim Seiler, Rosso Fellow in Philanthropic Fundraising and Clinical Professor of Philanthropic Studies
Fundraising is fundamental. Even our largest foundations find themselves asking their peers and governments to help fund their priorities. And beyond being a technical skill, fundraising is a leadership attitude that creates, engages and mobilizes community. Philanthropists and fundraisers have much in common, something that is obscured by the simplistic label of one as the giver and the other as the asker.
Philanthropy and fundraising are connected; they go together. They depend on each other, and they often require very similar skills and, most importantly, a common understanding of what works and what does not.
This year’s symposium, “Philanthropy and Fundraising: What We Know and What We Need to Know,” brings together colleagues in the nonprofit world, to address this theme from the perspectives of practice and research.
The symposium is co-chaired by Dwight Burlingame, Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy and Professor of Philanthropic Studies, and Tim Seiler, Rosso Fellow and Clinical Professor of Philanthropic Studies. Dwight is a world-renowned scholar of philanthropy and under Tim’s 20 years of extraordinary leadership, The Fund Raising School has trained more than 40,000 practitioners around the world.
The charge of our symposium is to understand what we know in key areas of philanthropy, including faith, giving days, motives for giving, social media, international giving, youth philanthropy and women’s philanthropy.
Just as important is to understand what we need to know. These gaps in our knowledge will help us view our challenges with greater clarity and also help guide further research, allowing us at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and other researchers to generate knowledge that advances philanthropy.
I hope that you can join us in Indianapolis on October 30, 2015 to share fundamental, and always fun, insights as well as connect with your peers in the philanthropic sector.
With kind regards,
IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
CONNECT, REFLECT, DISCUSS
Connect and build relationships through an exchange of ideas that enables us to pool our strengths for the purpose of creating positive and lasting change for our organizations.
Reflect on how philanthropy and fundraising go together and their dependence upon one another, especially with regards to a common understanding of what works and what does not.
Discuss existing knowledge drawn from research and hands-on experience, and the recurring and new questions whose answers will further advance philanthropy and fundraising.
Who Should Attend?
- Fundraising practitioners and consultants
- Scholars and researchers
- Leaders in global philanthropy, business, and government
- Grant makers, philanthropists, CEO’s, board members, and senior staff
- Those new to or considering entering the nonprofit field
About the Indiana University 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. Learn more »