Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
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March 2005

Did you know . . . the IU Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, founded at IUPUI in 1992 by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has provided a rich body of literature on matters directly related to community quality of life and important to our leaders and decision makers? It deals daily with society's pressing issues: neighborhood empowerment, community safety, the economic impact of the arts and sports, land use, drinking water infrastructures—just to name a few.

Last month, the Lilly Endowment announced a $2 million grant to help continue the work of the center. Since 1992, the center, which is one of the largest university-based urban policy programs in the country in terms of staff size, has received grants and contracts worth more than $27 million, including more than $15 million from the Lilly Endowment. These funds have enabled center scholars to create a valuable base of research about Indiana and the central Indiana region, helping policy makers make wiser and more sophisticated analyses and decisions that affect us all.

In this issue:

  $2.65 Million Grant Helps Faith-Based Services Network
  2005 IUPUI Solutions Conference, March 15
  Inaugural Seminar in the Humanities, April 7-9

$2.65 Million Grant Helps Faith-Based Services Network

Research and services provided by the IU Center on Philanthropy have become increasingly prominent in the news. Recently, it was chosen to lead the Faith and Service Technical Education Network, a national capacity-building effort for grassroots faith-based services. FASTEN provides outreach and education for faith-based organizations working to improve communities. Services include practical how-to guides, research on best practices, and access to networks of experts and peers.

The Pew Charitable Trusts extended its support for FASTEN with a $2.65 million renewal grant. The core mission of the multi-partner, multi-faith initiative is strengthening faith-based delivery of social services, especially in low-income, urban communities. FASTEN brings together faith-based practitioners, government officials and administrators, foundations and individual donors, all of whom play an important role in enhancing faith-based delivery of social services.

The FASTEN initiative will be codirected by the Center on Philanthropy and the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, also based in Indianapolis. Other partners include the National Crime Prevention Council; the United States Conference of Mayors; Nueva Esperanza/Esperanza USA; and Baylor, George Washington, and Harvard universities. For more information, see

According to the latest “Indiana Gives” study by the Center on Philanthropy, religious organizations received the largest share of Hoosiers’ philanthropic contributions in 2003—more than 39 percent ($1.9 billion) of the $4.86 billion total. Indiana households gave more than $3.7 billion; independent and community foundations gave more than $695 million, and corporations gave $438 million. More than 75 percent of the total stayed in Indiana, benefiting Hoosier nonprofits.

2005 IUPUI Solutions Conference, March 15

The 2005 Solutions Conference (formerly ConnectTech) will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, at the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex, West and Michigan streets.

Hosted by IUPUI and the IUPUI Solution Center, the conference engages business and technology leaders, nonprofit leaders, public administrators, and elected officials with IUPUI's top scientists, faculty, and researchers for a day of connections and information sharing. The event, which is expected to attract some 250-300 participants, will also provide registrants with information on creating a talent pipeline through internship opportunities and nontraditional training and resources.

The Solutions Conference is open to the public. The registration fee ($75 for the general public and $50 for partners) includes admittance to the conference, parking, and annual membership. For more information on the conference, or to be added to the IUPUI Solution Center newsletter list, send an e-mail to or call (317) 278-9170.

Inaugural Seminar in the Humanities, April 7-9

Last year, Butler University and IUPUI cosponsored a community forum on education, centering our conversations on Greater Expectations, an important national statement on improving undergraduate education. We heard from many leaders in the community who said they would appreciate the chance to connect (or re-connect) with the humanities to discuss:

  • What is central to learning?
  • What in our heritage deserves our continuing attention?

Programs like the Aspen Institute have attracted much attention for providing contexts for conversations on issues like these. We are fortunate to be able to offer such a high caliber program locally: the inaugural Seminar in the Humanities. It will be held at the Kendall Inn near Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park on April 7-9, beginning with dinner on Thursday and concluding with lunch on Saturday. Registration, including housing and meals, is $250.

Seminar leaders will be Barbara Hill and Tamar March, Senior Fellows with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. For more information, contact Scott Evenbeck at or (317) 274-5032.

Charles R. Bantz


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