The School creates new knowledge that increases understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Its credibility and methodological rigor set the standard for the field.
Cutting-edge information developed by the School's in-house research staff and peer-reviewed faculty identifies emerging trends, challenges conventional wisdom, and provides invaluable insights into philanthropic organizations and practices. Leading national and regional organizations also contract with the School to analyze the dynamics of changes taking place in philanthropy, assess the philanthropic landscape, and evaluate their programs. The School shares knowledge widely, with nonprofit professionals around the world and with the general public, through a variety of means, including: training, academic and practitioner publications, electronic communications, and the mainstream news media.
The School's research program is advised by a faculty-based Research Committee that includes at least two members from the nonprofit community in Central Indiana. An important resource for research about philanthropy at Indiana University includes the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, which has web-accessible journals and documents through Philanthropy Resources Online, and the various publications of the School of Philanthropy, including New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising and Philanthropy Matters. The School also gives archive research grants for scholars or practitioners seeking to use materials in the Philanthropy Archives of the Ruth Lilly Archives and Special Collections at the University Library. See the grants web site for information about material available before contacting the School about possible funding. This grants program is also managed by the associate director for research.