Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute

Applications Due October 30, 2020


The John M. Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute is a cohort-style training program designed to skill-up talented professionals for leadership to their organizations and to their community.

The Mutz Institute identifies and develops transformational philanthropic leaders in Indiana. It provides a continuing education and leadership training experience that will create a talent pipeline of diverse leaders who are well-prepared to serve in board and executive roles at foundations and corporations in communities across Indiana. With each Mutz Institute cohort, we aim to:
  1. Bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to the existing philanthropic community. 
  2. Support emerging philanthropic leaders through educational and professional development. 
  3. Elevate Indiana’s philanthropic field.
  4. Create a network representative of Indiana's diverse communities.


“For emerging and aspiring leaders in philanthropy, as I was more than a decade ago, the wisdom, practical advice, and example that John offered gave me the skills I needed to succeed."
—Jamie Merisotis, CEO of Lumina Foundation.



The Mutz Institute is named after IPA founder John M. Mutz, whose life exemplifies philanthropy, citizenship, and excellence. John Mutz has been president of Lilly Endowment Inc., Lt. Governor of Indiana, and a corporate CEO. Go here to learn more about this Indiana visionary and watch our video below.

Mutz Institute is made possible by Lumina Foundation and IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Excellent candidates for the Mutz Institute are senior leaders and board members in philanthropy, as well as those seeking to hold those roles in the future. This includes public sector officials and high-potential individuals at foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

The Mutz Institute seeks to eliminate historical inequities and welcomes those with alternate backgrounds. Every effort will be made to have a diverse class composed of individuals with a wide range of experiences.

Successful applicants will possess self-motivation and strong character. They will have achieved recognition for service in their community or performance in the field of philanthropy and will have shown a willingness to serve others. Successful candidates should demonstrate the potential for future success and service to their communities, as well as a willingness to translate the benefits of the program into a greater level of participation in philanthropic organizations. 

Due to on-going delays with the U.S. Postal Service, we will now accept application materials electronically. 

Applications for the 2021 Mutz Institute cohort are due no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Download the application below for detailed instructions on how to apply and submission requirements. Please note that submitting your application does not guarantee placement. An IPA selection committee will evaluate all written applications, interview potential candidates, and select qualified applicants.

Please contact Holly M. Davis by email or call (317) 519-5391 with any questions.


Each participant will be responsible for the following:

  • Pay tuition and associated travel expenses. Tuition is $1,000 for IPA members or $2,500 for non-IPA members.
  • Sell a table for the Symposium event recognizing the Mutz Institute class. 
  • Attend all class sessions and give their full attention to the class. There must be no conflict between a participant’s employer and the required attendance.
  • Encourage participation in future Mutz Institute cohorts to others in your network
  • Increase their involvement in their community.

If the price of this program is a barrier for applying, please don't hesitate to reach out directly to Holly M. Davis by email or call (317) 519-5391.

Class sessions are action-oriented and practical to teach participants how to use necessary skills to enhance their roles and understanding in philanthropy.

The Mutz Institute 2021 calendar is as posted below. Every effort will be made to minimize revisions and/or adjustments. All class sessions are held in Indianapolis; however, due to unforeseen circumstances, particularly in relation to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, some classes may take place virtually and participants will be notified accordingly.

January 21-22 (Virtual)
February 16 (Virtual)
March 22-25: Foundations On The Hill (Virtual over the 3 days)
April 30
May 20
June 29
July 22
August 17
September TBD (in conjunction with IPA's Symposium)