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Eugene R. Tempel


Eugene R. Tempel


As founding dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr. Eugene R. Tempel leads the world’s first school devoted to the study and teaching of philanthropy. He is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy and the philanthropic sector.

Dr. Tempel has nearly three decades of philanthropy leadership, administration and fundraising experience. He played an integral role in establishing the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s precursor, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and served as the center’s executive director from 1997 through 2008, transforming it into a leading national resource.

An early leader in creating the field of philanthropic studies, Dr. Tempel was the first elected president of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, a national association of academic centers and programs that focus on the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntarism and philanthropy. He is professor of philanthropic studies and of higher education and adjunct professor of public administration at Indiana University.

Committed throughout his career to strengthening the philanthropic sector, Dr. Tempel chaired the national Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ethics Committee for many years and served as a member of Independent Sector’s Expert Advisory Panel, which created national guidelines for nonprofit governance and ethical behavior. He is a past chair of the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. He has mentored many of the nation’s most successful executives in philanthropic fundraising.

Currently president emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation, Dr. Tempel served as the foundation’s president from September 1, 2008 until September 30, 2012 before being named founding dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Under his guidance, the foundation completed IU Bloomington's $1.1 billion Matching the Promise campaign, exceeding the goal by more than $40 million; launched the $1.25 billion IMPACT campaign at IUPUI, which is close to successful completion; and initiated fundraising campaigns on three of IU's regional campuses. Despite a difficult economy, Indiana University recorded the second and third highest total voluntary support numbers during his tenure. 

Additionally, Dr. Tempel promoted greater alignment between the foundation and IU Alumni Association, worked to make the organization more efficient and metrics-driven, strengthened the foundation's leadership team, and launched the first Women's Philanthropy Council. In 2012, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recognized IU with the 2012 Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Performance in Fundraising.

Prior to leading the Center on Philanthropy, Dr. Tempel served as vice chancellor of external affairs at IUPUI, vice president of the Indiana University Foundation and director of external affairs for the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

A popular presenter, Dr. Tempel has authored numerous columns, articles, and other publications in the field. He is the editor of the book Hank Rosso’s Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising, 2nd and 3rd editions and co-authored the book Fund Raisers: Their Careers, Stories, Concerns, and Accomplishments with Margaret A. Duronio. His professional experience includes teaching, training, and consulting internationally.

Dr. Tempel has received numerous honors, including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education and the Indiana University Alumni Association’s Maynard K. Hine Medal, Indiana University Alumni Association. He was appointed a Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana. The NonProfit Times named him among the 50 most influential nonprofit sector leaders for 11 consecutive years.

He earned a B.A. degree in English and philosophy from St. Benedict College, an M.A. in English, and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Indiana University, and holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive professional designation.