Academic, socioeconomic, and research collaborations and partnerships are critical to the vitality and progress of the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy. With your support, we can expand upon the work of our many institutes and initiatives, furthering our reputation as a resource for philanthropic research and wisdom.
Initiatives and Partnerships
Women's Philanthropy Institute
The Women’s Philanthropy Institute carries forward the message that gender matters in philanthropy, helping people understand the powerful role of women as 21st-century philanthropic leaders.
Lake Institute on Faith and Giving
Through research and public forums, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving engages practitioners, scholars, and the community in thoughtful conversation about philanthropy. It explores the connection between faith and giving, translating data into practical tools.
The Fund Raising School
Dedicated to the ethical practice of philanthropy for 40 years, The Fund Raising School takes a missionfocused approach to fundraising that aligns the needs of organizations with those of their donors.
This seminal publication for fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, and donors provides the most comprehensive data available on sources and uses of charitable giving. Since 2001, the organization has relied on the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to research, analyze, and write its annual report.
The Philanthropy Outlook
A scientifically constructed and validated econometric model, the Philanthropy Outlook provides the nonprofit sector reliable forecasts of the future giving climate, helping nonprofits develop tailored strategies grounded in serious academic research.
The Philanthropy Panel Study
The most accurate resource for measuring the general U.S. population’s charitable giving and volunteering, the Philanthropy Panel Study is conducted every two years in partnership with the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research’s Panel Study of Income Dynamics. The study has tracked the same families’ giving and volunteering over time, alongside dynamic personal and socioeconomic factors informing philanthropic behavior.
The Study of High-Net-Worth Philanthropy
Launched in 2006, this biannual examination of the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households has set the benchmark for research on the giving practices of affluent households and their sensibilities concerning the economic and political landscape of the time. The latest study, begun in 2014, is the fifth in a series written and researched by the school, in partnership with U.S. Trust.
The Million Dollar List
The initiative is a record of publicly announced charitable gifts of $1 million or more, given since 2000 by U.S. residents, corporations, private foundations, and other grant-making nonprofits, to domestic or international entities across a range of charitable subsectors. Continually updated, the online database contains extensive information on donors and gifts, with interactive charts and maps that present the data graphically.