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Ted Grossnickle Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award in Fundraising

June 2017

Ted Grossnickle, Senior Consultant and Founder of JGA, is to be recognized for his lifelong dedication to the field of fundraising by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy when he receives the Henry A. Rosso Medal on June 22nd. The award is presented to honor Ted for his years of work emphasizing philanthropy’s ethics and values, acting as a mentor to perpetuate and invigorate philanthropic traditions, and noted leadership in a long, productive career of distinction.


The Rosso Medal was created to honor Henry A. “Hank” Rosso (1917-1999), a founder of the school’s predecessor the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and founding director of The Fund Raising School. Rosso received the inaugural medal for establishing The Fund Raising School, which enables fundraising professionals to learn ethical philanthropic fundraising, and for creating concepts of discipline and dignity in the profession.


The award has been given to individuals such as University of Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.; former Girl Scouts of America CEO Frances Hesselbein; Indianapolis Urban League Executive Director Sam Jones; AFP President and CEO Paulette Maehara; and Association for Healthcare Philanthropy President and CEO Bill McGinly. Ted receives the honor this year along with Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D., principal and founder of J.G. Pettey & Associates.


“Ted and Janice exemplify many of the best characteristics of professional fundraising,” said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. They are dedicated to modeling and perpetuating high ethical standards and practices in their work and in the profession. And their commitment to advancing research that increases understanding of donors and practitioners, including those of diverse interests, motivations, ages and backgrounds, strengthens the way fundraisers do their important work. We appreciate their service to our school and to the philanthropic sector.”