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Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice What Is? Advice for the Young

As you probably know, Vonnegut held deep principles in support of free speech, education, the arts, and more. What you may not know is how your support continues Vonnegut’s advocacy legacy.

Your support is vital to everything that happens at KVML, from keeping our unique collection safe to creating engaging programs for students, teachers, veterans, and lifelong learners like you.

Friend of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Membership for one individual includes:

One year – $60 | Seniors, active duty military and full-time students – $30

Kurt's Karass

Membership for two individuals includes:

$100 yearly

Kilgore Trout’s Fan Club

Membership for one individual includes:

One year – $250+


One year – $500+

Billy Pilgrim's Platoon

One year – $1,000+

Rosewater Circle

One year – $5,000+

Uncle Alex’s Crew

One year – $10,000+

donation form

Make a lasting mark: Support Vonnegut’s enduring legacy with your generous contribution.

To become a member, fill out the form below and click donate to place your payment information. Please Note: If you are joining the Duprass Karass or Kurt’s Karass, please list the name of the other adult in your household in the comment section below. Membership card must be presented to redeem free tours and discounts.

***Membership card must be present to redeem free tours and in-store purchases.

Kathi Badertscher, PhD

Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Kathi Badertscher, PhD, is Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. Badertscher teaches a variety of BA, MA, and doctoral courses, including Applying Ethics in Philanthropy and History of Philanthropy. She has participated in several Teaching Vonnegut workshops and is a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. Dr. Badertscher has been a guest speaker on ethics in philanthropy, including at the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners – Indianapolis Council; Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter; and Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin, China. In 2019 she received IUPUI Office for Women, Women’s Leadership Award for Newcomer Faculty. In 2019 and 2020 she received the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Graduate Teaching Award.
Dr. Badertscher’s publications include “Fundraising for Advocacy and Social Change,” co-authored with Shariq Siddiqui in Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 5th ed., 2022; “Insulin at 100: Indianapolis, Toronto, Woods Hole, and the ‘Insulin Road,’ co-authored with Christopher Rutty, Pharmacy in History (2020); and three articles in the Indiana Magazine of History: “A New Wishard Is on the Way,” “Evaline Holliday and the Work of Community Service,” and “Social Networks in Indianapolis during the Progressive Era.” Her chapters on social welfare history will appear in three upcoming edited volumes on the history of philanthropy, including “The Legacy of Edna Henry and Her Contributions to the IU School of Social Work,” Women at Indiana University: Views of the Past and the Future, edited by Andrea Walton, Indiana University Press, 2022 (forthcoming). Dr. Badertscher is also the Philanthropy and Nonprofits Consulting Editor for the forthcoming Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Elizabeth Van Allen, Indiana University Press, 2021. Dr. Badertscher is an active volunteer in the Indianapolis community. At present, she is a Coburn Place Safe Haven Board Member and a Children’s Bureau/Families First Brand and Marketing Advisor. Dr. Badertscher holds the MA in History from Indiana University and the MA and PhD in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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