Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fundraising
To be presented along with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award at the Rosso Dinner on October 29 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
Edith Falk and Lilya Wagner will be the recipients of the 2015 Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fundraising at the Rosso Medal dinner on October 29 in Indianapolis. Also that evening we will honor Genevieve G. Shaker, Ph.D., as the inaugural recipient of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Distinguished Alumni Award.
Since 1990, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has honored outstanding individuals with the Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fundraising. The award is named in honor of Hank Rosso (1917–1999), a founder of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and founding director of The Fund Raising School.
This tribute was first presented to Mr. Rosso for his work in establishing a means for fundraising professionals to learn about ethical philanthropic fundraising and for creating concepts of discipline and dignity in the profession. His teaching inspired generations of fundraisers, and his books are still considered the handbooks for fundraising professionals. In presenting the Rosso Medal, the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy strives to encourage ethical fundraising and to recognize those whose contributions have benefited the profession immeasurably.
Edith Falk’s career spans close to 40 years in institutional advancement. In her role at Campbell & Company, the consulting firm she co-founded in 1976, she led the firm’s efforts in new business and staff development, and was actively engaged in designing and providing strategic fundraising and marketing counsel to a broad spectrum of organizations in the arts, education, healthcare and conservation, across the country.
Falk has served as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago Chapter board, member of its national board and dean for two years of its Executive Leadership Institute. She is a past recipient of the AFP Chicago Chapter’s President’s Award for outstanding leadership and service to the chapter, and of the chapter's Benjamin Franklin Award for career achievements.
Currently, Falk is vice chair of the American Councils for International Education, which promotes education and research through international exchange. She is a former board member of Donors Forum, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit community in Illinois and past chair of Giving USA Foundation, the publisher of the annual Giving USA report on philanthropy.
Falk is a member of The Chicago Network, an organization of women in the Chicago region who have achieved distinction in business, the arts, the professions, government and academia, and of the International Women’s Forum. She earned her B.A. degree at Oberlin College in Ohio and her M.B.A. degree at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, both with honors.
A frequent presenter on trends in philanthropy and fundraising practices. Falk continues to provide capacity-building consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area and beyond.
Lilya Wagner is director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions, a consulting office serving North American organizations affiliated with or operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
From 2005-2008, Lilya was vice president for philanthropy at Counterpart International in Washington, D.C., an international development organization that provides a variety of services and projects in many countries. Prior to joining Counterpart, Lilya completed 14 years of association with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University serving as associate director for public service and director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.
Her responsibilities included developing and managing projects and programs, such as the Philanthropic Ambassadors and the Hispanic Stewardship Development Partnership. She was in charge of curriculum preparation and revision for The Fund Raising School (TFRS) and was a frequent speaker and workshop presenter in North America and also internationally. She continues to do training for The Fund Raising School, is on the philanthropic studies faculty of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and also teaches in the graduate program at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.
Her published writings include articles and book chapters on philanthropy, fundraising and the nonprofit sector, along with books and numerous articles on a variety of general interest and professional topics. Careers in Fundraising, winner of the Skystone Ryan Research Prize presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), is a comprehensive volume on fundraising as a profession. Another significant publication in her field is Leading Up: Transformational Leadership for Fundraisers. She has also had several books published in other areas of interest, such as Women War Correspondents of World War II. She has been an editor and a columnist as well.
An upcoming volume on the effects of culture, traditions, nationalities, and religion on generosity and philanthropy is being published by Praeger Publishers. This book reflects Lilya’s own background as a refugee and immigrant, her extensive global work through the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as well as other organizations that have engaged her as a consultant or trainer, and her interest in cultural differences and how these enrich civil society.
From 1993 until 1996 Lilya worked as vice president for development at the National Association for Community Leadership but continued her affiliation with the Center on Philanthropy as a faculty member for The Fund Raising School and trainer for Leadership Works. Prior to joining the Center on Philanthropy, Lilya served as vice president for institutional advancement at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and received several national awards for her fundraising and advertising programs. She began her fundraising career by working in health care, and has served as a volunteer and board member for human service, arts and community organizations.
Lilya holds a doctorate in education from the University of Florida in Gainesville and has a master’s degree in journalism as well as one in music, with a concentration on piano performance. She continues to be an active on the music scene and performs frequently on the organ or flute. She has taught a variety of subjects at the university, college and high school levels, and has been employed as a public relations specialist.
Previous Rosso Recipients
1990 *Mr. Henry A. Rosso, CFRE
1992 *Mr. Arthur C. Frantzreb
*Mr. Milton J. Murray, CFRE,FAHP
1994 *Mr. Philip S. Brain, Jr., CFRE
*Ms. Barbara H. Marion, CFRE
1995 Mr. Charles A. Johnson
Mr. William R. Simms, CFRE
1996 Mr. George Brakeley, Jr., CFRE
*Mr. Frederick Patterson (posthumously)
1997 *Mr. Clarence J. Jupiter
Mr. John J. Schwartz, CFRE
1998 Ms. Dagmar Seely
*Chancellor Herman B Wells
1999 *Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.
Mrs. Dorothy C. “Dottie” Rosso
2000 *Mrs. Alice Green Burnette
Mr. John W. Leslie
*Dr. Ernest W. Wood, CFRE (posthumously)
2001 Ms. Frances R. Hesselbein
Mrs. Ernestine M. Raclin
2002 Mr. Donald A. Campbell Jr., CFRE
Mr. James M. Greenfield, ACFRE, FAHP
Ms. Polly Jontz Lennon
2003 Dr. Rita Bornstein
*Mr. Charles Stephens
2004 *Mr. Sam Jones (posthumously)
*Mr. Robert Payton
Mr. Dean Schooler
2005 Dr. Claire Gaudiani
Ms. Anna Faith Jones
2006 Mrs. Dorothy A. Johnson
Dr. J. David Smith
2007 Ms. Patricia Lewis
Ms. Anna Faith Jones
Mr. Bob Pierpont
Mr. Ed Schumacher
2008 Ms. Marcela O. de Rovzar
2009 Mr. Murray M. Blackwelder
Mr. Curtis R. Simic
2011 Ms. Paulette Maehara
2012 Dr. Gene Tempel
2013 Dr. Dwight Burlingame
Kay Sprinkle Grace
Raymond L. Handlan
2014 Dr. Bill McGinly
Dr. Tim Seiler