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Advancing Philanthropic Leadership

July 2018 – Present

Advancing Philanthropic Leadership

The Purpose

Aspiring philanthropic leaders have the opportunity to catalyze innovations to strengthen people, organizations, and communities around the world. While the potential for these innovations is vast, harnessing it takes leaders who have the willingness, capacity, and foresight to drive long-term change — ones able to create a shared vision within their organization while engaging and collaborating across sectors to achieve our shared aspirations. Investing in nonprofit leadership development is an effective way to equip the next generation at the helm of our vital nonprofits and foundations with the experience, approach, and skills necessary to guide their organizations toward positive outcomes.

Strengthening the Impact

In collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy — the world’s first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy — The Patterson Foundation’s Advancing Philanthropic Leadership initiative encompasses a series of creative efforts to strengthen the capabilities of emerging philanthropic leaders. Within each of the programs below, aspiring leaders have the opportunity to build their willingness, capacity, and foresight to incorporate innovative strategies for long-term change:

FAQ's

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Why is The Patterson Foundation collaborating with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on Advancing Philanthropic Leadership?

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is the world’s first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. Since its inception, it has demonstrated a commitment to training and empowering students and practitioners to innovate and lead to create positive and lasting change in the world. This includes its growing bachelor’s, certificate, and master’s programs offering students a mix of theory and practice.

Who can strengthen their potential through the Advancing Philanthropic Leadership initiative’s programming?

What does The Patterson Foundation Fellows Program offer?

  • A one-year experience for talented early career professionals interested in working in community, corporate or private foundations
  • A career-building opportunity to learn from The Patterson Foundation while sharing the fellows’ expertise and ideas toward work creating long-term impact for people, organizations, and communities
  • Structured engagement with initiatives and operations through a mix of learning, action objectives, and managing strategic projects harnessing research, community engagement, and networks of cross-sector partnerships
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Access to a network of innovative philanthropic leaders

Why does The Patterson Foundation offer the Fellows Program?

The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by focusing on issues that address mutual aspirations, foster wide participation, and encourage learning and sharing. The Patterson Foundation believes that creating a network of future philanthropic leaders who have the willingness, capacity, and foresight to incorporate innovative strategies for long-term change is both an opportunity and a responsibility with considerable impact. Furthermore, working with philanthropic leaders versed in leading-edge innovations facilitates The Patterson Foundation’s continued learning and sharing of best practices in philanthropy.

What is The Future of Work in the Philanthropic Sector course?

The focus of The Future of Work in the Philanthropic Sector course is to connect students to living examples of innovative philanthropic strategy through The Patterson Foundation and its connections to nonprofits in its home region. The course explores these questions:
  • What may the philanthropic sector look like in the future?
  • What will it take to build sustainable organizations that can tackle systemic problems within our local communities, our country, and our world?
  • How are innovative partnerships begun and sustained?
  • What competencies and qualities will leaders of the future need?
  • What ideas, questions, and recommendations do thought-leaders have about the future of the philanthropic sector?
  • Why are foundations different from other nonprofits?
During the semester, students have the opportunity to learn about and focus on three topic areas:
  • Capacity Building
  • Issue-Based Movements
  • Inspiring Philanthropy.
Over a weeklong Spring Study Away experience, The Patterson Foundation connects students with local nonprofits to further explore these areas.

Why does The Patterson Foundation support a course at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy?

Through The Patterson Foundation’s unique position of having an unfettered charter, it can undertake work in ways others are not doing, cannot do, or will not do. In that spirit, supporting a course that allows students to explore “The Future of Work in the Philanthropic Sector” through the lens of The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives opens up possibilities for a new generation of leadership.

What are the graduate programs offered by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and what are their requirements?

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s graduate certificate and master’s programs include virtual/distance and executive formats that accommodate the work and geographic constraints of dedicated professionals.

These graduate program offerings currently include:

  • Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Fundraising
  • Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies

Learn more about these graduate program offerings and their requirements here.

Why does The Patterson Foundation connect early to mid-career professionals to graduate program opportunities at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy?

The Patterson Foundation understands that investing in nonprofit leadership development is an effective way to develop strong philanthropic leaders and strengthen the sector’s capacity for driving lasting impact. To strengthen aspiring nonprofit leaders in its home region, The Patterson Foundation is connecting them with graduate programs and learning opportunities from the world’s first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. Previous collaborations between The Patterson Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, including the Fellows Program and Experiential Learning with The Patterson Foundation, have demonstrated the excellence of the school’s programs, faculty, and students.

Who can I contact about the Advancing Philanthropic Leadership initiative?

For more information, contact initiative manager Dr. Joni Steinberg: jonisteinbergTPF@gmail.com | 941-724-0862


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