Recommended Faith & Giving Resources

Research + reflection + collaboration = advancement

Faith and philanthropy is a small but growing field. As part of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Lake Institute conducts research and utilizes the great work that’s also being done in the field. We translate this research into practical tools and strategies that we explore in our courses and seminars.

Meet some of our partners. Explore resources and important developments. Discover the current research studies and trends in the field of faith and philanthropy. 

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Faith & Leadership

“Kevah offers a DIY approach to Jewish millennials”

Start-ups are not only in the realm of tech entrepreneurs. Some Jewish millennials have fostered a DIY approach for religious education and community in small groups. This article was published by Faith & Leadership, a learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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Recommended reading

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The Paradox of Generosity

Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson

It is a sociological fact: by giving ourselves away, we flourish! Smith and Davidson provide data to support the truth of that statement as they unpack the rich learnings of Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity Initiative. A must read for scholars, health professionals, nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, and religious practitioners. But more: it is written for anyone who in their giving and living want to live well and make a difference.

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Giving USA

Giving USA 2015

Annual report of philanthropy for the year 2014

“For 59 years, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers, scholars, and other individuals who work in or with the charitable sector have counted on Giving USA to provide the most comprehensive charitable giving data available. No other source provides the context for annual giving like Giving USA.”

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Insights Newsletter

Insights, a bi-weekly e-newsletter, is a resource for the religious community and fundraisers of faith-based organizations that provides:

  • Reflections on important developments in the field of faith and giving
  • Recommended books, studies and articles
  • Upcoming Lake Institute events

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