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Cornell UniversityDeparments: Philanthropic Leadership Johnson Graduate School of Management6 students

Dr. Carla Ingrando is Associate Dean, Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, where she leads a team of 24 alumni affairs and development professionals charged with strengthening alumni relations and maximizing philanthropy for the college. Carla is thrilled to add to her portfolio the teaching of, “Philanthropic Leadership,” a course for our 2-year residential MBA students.

At Cornell, Carla has previously served as Executive Director of University Corporate and Foundation Relations and Interim Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development for Computing and Information Science. Prior to joining Cornell, Carla served as the Senior Director of Foundation Relations at the University of Notre Dame. Before embarking on a career in university development, Carla was a faculty member at Denison University, Marylhurst University, and worked as a program officer for the Michigan Humanities Council.

She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Notre Dame and earned her M.Div. from Vanderbilt, her M.P.A. from the University of South Carolina, and her B.A. from Furman University. In addition to her work, Carla enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling to warm destinations, particularly during the month of February.

In this graduate level course with a special emphasis on philanthropic leadership through personal giving and board membership. Students interested in future nonprofit leadership will gain insights into the minds of philanthropic supporters and how leaders can position a nonprofit for fundraising and other successes. 

The four pillars of the course are: 

1. Self-reflection on motivations and contributions; critical reflection on the purpose of philanthropy and non-profit organizations in society 

2. Types of non-profit boards and board governance 

3. Philanthropic expectations of board members and criteria for giving 

4. Collective decision making 


Guest Speakers

1. George Ferrari, CEO, Community Foundation of Tompkins County

2. Gloria Coicou, MPA, Chief Inclusion and Community Engagement Officer, Community Foundation of Tompkins County
3. Monica Lewis, Associate Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell University
4. Melinda Oakes, Executive Director, Triad Foundation