Philanthropy and Fundraising Symposium - #SYM28


Keynote: Alan Hassenfeld

Breaking 2%: Kim Laughton

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

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.

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The cost of the dinner is $40.
Reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner follows at 7 p.m.
The deadline for submitting your reservation is October 21.

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

Edith Falk

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

Lilya Wagner

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