Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
The School of Philanthropy
Our Mission, Vision, & Values

Helping You Prepare for Philanthropy's Future

Now is an exciting time to introduce to you the new Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and to share our vision for helping you strengthen your efforts to achieve positive, lasting change in the world.

Why create a School of Philanthropy?

The environment in which philanthropy operates is complex and dynamic. Successful philanthropy now requires greater knowledge and more sophisticated education, research and training than ever before.

To anticipate and meet philanthropy’s needs, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy:

  • Raises awareness and visibility of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
  • Develops new knowledge and action research to advance your organization
  • Attracts more people to choose careers in philanthropy
  • Prepares current and aspiring philanthropy and nonprofit professionals to be thoughtful, innovative leaders
  • Elevates and advances the study of philanthropy and nonprofits
  • Educates new faculty and researchers for a field that is rapidly growing in importance in all aspects of society

Building on the foundation of its precursor, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the School encompasses, enhances and expands all of our existing academic degree, research and training programs, including The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and International Programs. The directors of these programs are continuing in their current roles.

The School’s roots in the humanities and social sciences remain central to our work. We will also engage and collaborate with Indiana University’s expansive network of faculty and programs focused on philanthropy and nonprofits. This includes current and new partnerships with our colleagues in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and in Bloomington and other university colleagues.

As a School, we are growing in many ways. One such change is that Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., executive director of the Center on Philanthropy since 2008, is now the School’s associate dean for academic affairs and research. He oversees the academic degree programs, including student services and recruitment, develops and expands the Philanthropic Studies faculty, expands the School’s research initiatives, and enhances research opportunities for faculty, staff and students.

The addition of three new faculty members this year will enrich the scope and impact of the School’s research, education and training in best practices. The result of all these new efforts will be well-informed and equipped students, nonprofit professionals, religious leaders, donors and volunteers who are prepared to maximize the effectiveness of their organization’s mission and shape the future of philanthropy.

A primary goal for the School is to bring new levels of knowledge and service to philanthropy. With this in mind, it’s my pleasure to publicly announce our Moving Philanthropy Forward special endowment initiative, an ambitious effort to raise a $100 million endowment to help support the School’s ability to teach, inform and inspire the students, nonprofit professionals and volunteers who transform lives and communities. Support from donors to the endowment initiative will directly assist us as we continue this significant endeavor. I’m happy to report we have received a total of $69,082,135 in gifts and pledges toward our $100 million goal.

Please contact Sean Dunlavy at (317) 278-8920 if you are interested in an opportunity to support the School of Philanthropy.

Our ongoing resolution is to continually educate and challenge ourselves and you to “Improve Philanthropy to Improve the World.” I invite you to join us on our new journey as a School. Your participation, ideas and support are deeply appreciated and are essential to our success. Thank you!


Gene Tempel
Founding Dean
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy