IU Center on Philanthropy
Gene Tempel wasn't surprised when millions of people contributed money, time and labor to help their fellow Americans from the Gulf region recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina through agencies like the American Red Cross. After all, as the executive director of the IU Center on Philanthropy, based in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Tempel is one the nation's foremost experts on the generosity and community spirit that helps make the country pull together in times of crisis.
Tempel and the Center on Philanthropy's team of diverse and highly regarded experts know well the field of philanthropy and help communities understand the power of volunteerism and community service. Their work helps individual, public officials and civic organizations better understand one another, and the roles each plays in the life of any community.
Tempel has become a fixture on any list of America's 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector, and has helped make the Center on Philanthropy a world leader in the nonprofit sector. The veteran administrator previously was the vice chancellor for external affairs at IUPUI and is regarded as one of the leading experts in fund raising. Under his guidance, philanthropy has become an increasingly important field of academic study, both at IUPUI and throughout the country.