On September 4, 2014, Eugene Tempel received the IUPUI Chancellor Medallion from Chancellor Charles R. Bantz at Tempel's retirement celebration. Tempel has been a guiding force in philanthropy at IUPUI, Indiana University, and across the nation. He has been affiliated with the Indiana University Foundation since 1983 and served as president from 2008 to 2012. He served as founding dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world's first such school, in 2012.
Tempel is a past chair of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ethics Committee. An leader in establishing philanthropic studies as an academic discipine, he was the first elected president of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and a member of Independent Sector’s Expert Advisory Panel that helped create national guidelines for nonprofit governance and ethical behavior.
Even in retirement, Tempel continues his involvement with the university as a special advisor to the chancellor on fundraising initiatives and an adjunct professor of philanthropic studies at IUPUI, among other service.