Glenn Close to speak at IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy symposium in Indianapolis

  • Oct. 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- Glenn Close, acclaimed actress and avid philanthropist, will speak at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s 26th Annual Symposium on Nov. 6.  

Close, who understands the importance of ethical, philanthropic fundraising because of her own philanthropic endeavors, will help honor the 2013 recipients of the school’s Henry A. Rosso Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical Fund Raising. The honorees are Dwight F. Burlingame, Kay Sprinkel Grace and Raymond L. Handlan. On Nov. 5, Close will speak at the IU Bloomington campus as part of the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Themester 2013, "Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World," about Bring Change 2 Mind, the organization she founded to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s symposium, "Taking Fundraising Seriously: Timeless Values in a World of Change," will focus on sweeping changes in donor preferences, demographics and technology that are reshaping the fundraising environment, how these trends and innovations are impacting the way fundraising is practiced and perceived, and how fundraisers and nonprofits can best leverage these changes.

Fundraising and nonprofit professionals and executives, along with national innovators and thought leaders, philanthropists and scholars, will explore the forces that will drive philanthropy and fundraising in the future. The symposium will be at the NCAA Conference Center, 700 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis. Registration closes Oct. 29. Registration information and a list of speakers are available online..

“Today’s fundraising environment is changing swiftly, and so must fundraisers and the nonprofits they serve,” said Gene Tempel, founding dean of the school. “Gathering people from diverse perspectives to discuss the ‘why and what if’ of fundraising’s future and the implications for their organizations will help the philanthropic sector embrace and enhance new ideas in a way that most effectively serves the needs of donors and society.”

Keynote speaker James Hodge, vice chair of leadership gifts and strategic initiatives at the Mayo Clinic, will discuss “Values and Valuables: Turning Money Into Meaning Through Philanthropy.” Breakout sessions include:

  • Philanthropy Across Generations: Keeping the Old, Inviting the New
  • Inclusiveness in Fundraising: Embracing Diverse Populations
  • Using Social Media Effectively: From Fans to Fundraising
  • Preparation, Professionalism and Credentialing: Does It Really Matter?
  • Principles and Practices of Highly Effective Nonprofits
  • Cross-cultural Philanthropy and the Culturally Proficient Fundraiser

Note to journalists: The symposium is open free of charge to journalists covering the conference. For media registration, contact Adriene Davis Kalugyer at 317-278-8972 or

Richard Schneider
Adriene Davis Kalugyer