MAKING A LIVING MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Art of Giving...Future Trends in Philanthropy
January 28, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm, Mendoza College of Business
Angela R. Logan, Associate Director for Planning and Development of
Nonprofit Professional Development (NPD)
Angela joined the staff of the Mendoza College of Business in 2013. In this role, she works to strengthen the infrastructure of the Master’s of Nonprofit Administration degree program and the Nonprofit Executive Education program. Additionally, she guides the strategic plan for the NPD program, and works to increase the NPD brand as a major resource to the nonprofit sector nationally and internationally. As a Concurrent Professional Specialist in the Department of Management, she also designs curricula for, and teaches both degree and non-degree courses within the nonprofit business competence area.
Ms. Logan has an extensive background working with nonprofit organizations, with a particular focus in the areas of education and diversity. From 2008-2013, she served as the Program Officer for Education at The Harvest Foundation (Martinsville, VA). During her tenure, she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Education portfolio of the Foundation, 28 grants totaling nearly $18 Million. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Ms. Logan served as the Director of the Bonner Scholars Program at Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH). She previously worked as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Defiance College (Defiance, OH). Additionally, she served as an Admissions Counselor/Coordinator for Multicultural Admissions for Defiance College.
A trained facilitator of Anti-Racism Study Circles, Ms. Logan has provided trainings on leadership, conflict resolution, stress and time management, and cultural sensitivity to students, faculty, staff, and community members nationally and internationally. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and The Links, Incorporated.
Ms. Logan is a Doctoral Candidate in Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and philanthropic leadership. She holds a Master of Business and Organizational Leadership degree from Defiance College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from the University of Toledo. She has also taken courses through the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program, The Grantmaking School at Grand Valley State University, and The Fund Raising School at Indiana University.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Roxanne Spillett, in her 16 year tenure as President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, led the most successful transformation of what is today one of the Top Ten nonprofit organizations in America. The Boys & Girls Club Movement is made up of more than 4,000 Club affiliates in the United States, and on U.S. military bases across the world. With acombined staff of 50,000 full and part-time employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, the Movement serves some
Spillett’s 1996 appointment to the presidency of BGCA marked a new era. She led BGCA through a decade of major expansion, implementing a growth strategy that more than doubled the size and scope of the Boys & Girls Club Movement and tripled its revenues. Simultaneously, the organization unveiled a dynamic new brand strategy, featuring national spokesperson Denzel Washington, which is heightening the public profile of Boys & Girls Clubs. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America also ranks among the Top 10 nonprofit brands in America.
Spillett also strategically spearheaded the drive to increase services for children in nontraditional environments, including public housing and Native American lands. One of her most noteworthy achievements is the initiation of a unique partnership with the Department of Defense, which has chartered Boys & Girls Clubs on more than 400 U.S. military bases worldwide. She also initiated international efforts to assist other nations in establishing youth centers.
Under Spillett’s strategic leadership, BGCA created generation-changing initiatives in education, technology, financial literacy, health and fitness and civic engagement. Simultaneously, the organization also significantly enhanced the capacity of local Clubs in technology, human resources, and board and resource development. Her proudest accomplishments include uniting Clubs behind a common agenda. With a keen financial acumen, Spillett successfully implemented aggressive and highly focused financial strategies to create new revenue streams for local affiliates resulting in more than $1 billion to directly support local Clubs.
Spillett also led the development and launch of a significant and far-reaching impact plan that positions BGCA more powerfully than ever as an advocacy organization of national scope and influence. The plan commits BGCA to ensure lasting impact in the lives of youth; increases high school graduation rates; promotes healthy lifestyles; and inspires generations of children to a level of civic engagement not seen since the founding of our nation.
Spillett also built one of the most prestigious and engaged nonprofit boards in America, establishing an enviable governing body with such national leaders as former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice; key executives of Fortune 500 companies including the CEOs of Staples, Kimberly Clark, Whirlpool, Sprint, and Tupperware Brands; and top university leadership from Stanford, MIT and Notre Dame. Consistent with her efforts to recruit professional talent, Boys & Girls Clubs of America was selected as one of the top 50 2010 Best NonProfit Organizations to Work for.
In recognition of her numerous achievements, Spillett was selected as one of the “Power 50” by The Non-Profit Times for three consecutive years. She also received the Excellence in National Executive Leadership Award presented by the National Human Services Assembly, an association of leading nonprofits in the fields of health, community development, and human services. In July 2006, Newsweek cited Spillett and BGCA as one of “15 People Who Make America Great,” part of the magazine’s annual Giving Back Awards.
President George W. Bush appointed Spillett to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which promotes volunteerism, community service and good citizenship. She is past chairperson for Leadership 18, an alliance of executives from the nation’s most influential nonprofits, and serves on the boards of BoardSource and the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta and as a trustee of America’s Promise Alliance.
Spillett earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New York, and did graduate work in guidance and counseling at St. Lawrence University. She also studied public health administration at Hunter College in New York. In recent years, Spillett has received five honorary doctorate degrees: one in law, from the University of Notre Dame; and four in the humanities, from Trinity College in Hartford, Bryant University in Rhode Island, Marian College in Indianapolis and Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Today, she teaches graduate students in the Non Profit Management program at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.
Anna M. Thompson, Executive Director
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director for the Performing Arts
Anna M. Thompson serves as the executive director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and fills the endowed Judd & Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts chair. Thompson came to the University of Notre Dame in July of 2007 after ten years at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (MN) where she unified the fine arts program for these separate Benedictine liberal arts institutions. Prior to holding the position in Minnesota she served as an arts administrator in Indianapolis for 14 years, (Butler University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art). In addition to current oversight of all administration and finances for the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, she curates the performing arts programming and develops interdisciplinary visiting artist residency projects with the Academy and community. Since her arrival Thompson has commissioned the over thirty new works in music, dance, film and theater for Notre Dame to tour nationally and internationally bearing the name of the University. In 2013, she established the first ensemble-in-residence at Notre Dame, Third Coast Percussion.
Thompson served on DANCE/USA’s National Board of Trustees from 2004-2010 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Saint Joseph County and the Programming Committee of WNIT Michiana Public Television. She also serves on the National Advisory Council for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Development Committee of the International Society for the Performing Arts. Thompson is a frequent lecturer and presenter at regional, national and international performing arts conferences (Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Arts Midwest, Kennedy Center-Performing Arts Centers and Schools Program, Silesian Dance Festival-Poland). She has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Krakow at Bytom on Arts Administration. Among her many achievements is the North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents Presenter of the Year Award, which she received in 2004.
Previously a music educator, Thompson has worked in the arts for over thirty years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Albion College and her master’s degree from Western Michigan University with post-graduate studies in educational leadership at Butler University and a certificate in executive leadership from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Thompson is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music America, Dance/USA and the International Association for the Performing Arts.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, opened in 2004, is over 151,000-square-foot center and was built at a cost of $64 million, housing five professional performance venues: the 900-seat Leighton Concert Hall, the 350-seat Decio Main stage Theatre, the 100-seat Philbin Studio Theatre, the THX-certified, Browning Digital Cinema (200 seats), and the Reyes Organ & Choral Recital Hall, which features a hand-crafted Fritts Baroque organ.
Marc Hardy, Director of Nonprofit Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame
Marc is completing his Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and has taught nonprofit leadership and management at IU and Butler University. In 2006, he was voted the “Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year” at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. He also formerly was the associate director of the Institute for Research and Scholarship at Butler University. He has led several nonprofit organizations and was once the executive director of a private operating foundation, the Fourth Freedom Forum, which is now the foremost think-tank in the country on the subject of peace through international trade incentives and economic sanctions. Marc has served as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including a term as president of the National Speakers Association of Indiana.
An actor, director and playwright, he is the past president of the Indiana Theatre Association and a board member of his alumni association. He is a co-author of two books, Only the Best on Customer Service and Only the Best on Leadership, as well as several articles on management and leadership. Voted one of the top three speakers in the country during the “World Championship of Public Speaking,” he has spoken to more than 400 groups in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. He has given more than 100 radio and television interviews, hosted his own morning radio show, and co-hosted a live public television interview show.
LIFTing People Out of Poverty presented by LIFT
February 26, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm, Geddes Hall Auditorium
Ben Reuler, Executive Director, LIFT-Chicago
At LIFT Ben leads the overall development, strategy and growth in Chicago. He formed and leads LIFT-Chicago’s Regional Advisory Board and directly supervises the Program team leads and Development & Communication team leads in Chicago.
Ben LIFTs because of his steadfast belief in human potential. Furthermore volunteerism has been hard-wired into Ben’s DNA by his family (his father founded the renowned volunteer-driven Wallace Medical Concern in Portland, Oregon when Ben was seven years old).
Ben is a Licensed Social Worker with nearly 15 years of direct service and non-profit management experience. Ben leads national and regional trainings on topics that include Supporting Members with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness; Effective Goal Setting; Suicidality; Self-care; and Motivational Interviewing. Prior to coming to LIFT Ben provided mental health assessment and treatment to individuals living on the South Side of Chicago; conducted policy research for the City of Chicago Mayor's Office; worked at a shelter for runaway and homeless teenagers and spent five years with LifeWorks NW in Portland, Oregon conducting outreach and home visits to families referred by the State of Oregon's Child Welfare Hotline. At LifeWorks NW Ben also supported the HERO program which offered free, psycho-educational groups to children who witnessed domestic violence. In 2007 Ben received a human rights grant from the University of Chicago to travel to Namibia to support UNICEF with initiatives aimed at combating violence against women and children. This was Ben’s third time in Namibia, a country he holds dear to his heart. Ben earned his Masters degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Bachelors degree in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound.