Freeman named Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy, Lee appointed Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy, public scholar Moody to expand school’s expertise across issues
Two highly esteemed philanthropy scholars—Michael Moody and Young-joo Lee—are joining the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy faculty and a third, Tyrone McKinley Freeman, is advancing to a new role.
Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D., a trail-blazing scholar and historian who researches African-American charitable giving and activism, has been appointed the Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy. An Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies and adjunct Associate Professor of Africana Studies at IUPUI. Previously a professional fundraiser for social services, community development and higher education organizations, he also was Associate Director of The Fund Raising School at the school, where he trained nonprofit leaders globally.
Freeman’s work invites rethinking of traditional views of philanthropy as an arena reserved for wealthy elites and reconsideration of what philanthropy is and who can engage in it, as well as how African-American communities are understood and represented. His innovative research combines history, philanthropic studies, Africana studies and the humanities to increase understanding of African-American philanthropy, philanthropy in communities of color and the history of American philanthropy.
Expanding awareness of African-American philanthropy through writing and public speaking nationwide, Freeman is Research Associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where he supports the History of African American Fundraising Collecting Initiative, the Giving in America exhibit and other projects. He received the international Dan David Prize, the “world’s largest history prize,” for ground-breaking research on African American philanthropy. He was awarded an IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Fellowship for contributions to the study of philanthropy using history and the humanities and was inducted into IU’s Faculty Academy for Excellence in Teaching. He led the B.A. in Philanthropic Studies program, created and assessed curricula, and created the school’s first online graduate course. He also studies higher education philanthropy and fundraising.
“Dr. Freeman’s work focuses on the rich diversity of philanthropy and the leadership role of Black Americans – and especially Black women – in crafting innovative, distinct giving traditions that are inspiring contemporary trends. The deep historical understanding he brings through the many traditions of American philanthropy can help inform a more equitable future,” said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. “The previous incumbents of the Glenn Family Chair, Dwight Burlingame and Patrick Rooney, were pioneers in philanthropy teaching and scholarship. We anticipate that Professor Freeman will help forge the next phase of the field that our school was founded to advance.”
Freeman’s book Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow examines African American women’s history of charitable giving, activism, education and social service provision through the life and example of Madam C.J. Walker, the early 20th century Black philanthropist and entrepreneur. It received the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Terry McAdam Book Award and F3: Fabulous Female Fundraisers’ Madam C.J. Walker Legacy Book Award. He also co-authored Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations.
“I am very excited by this appointment. By building partnerships and collaborations in this role, I will engage history, Africana Studies and the humanities to elevate the study of generosity of communities of color, expanding the field of philanthropic and nonprofit studies, and increase the understanding and practice of philanthropy,” Freeman said.
Young-joo Lee, Ph.D., has been named the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy and Professor of Philanthropic Studies. Lee’s research examines women’s leadership in the nonprofit sector, including the factors behind the gender gap in nonprofit leadership, the consequences of that gap, and how it can be closed. She studies the underrepresentation of women as leaders at large nonprofit organizations, the overrepresentation of women in the philanthropic sector overall, and women’s representation in higher education.
Lee is a prolific and widely cited organizational theory and behavior scholar whose research centers on nonprofit governance and management, volunteerism, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Her latest research examines the implications of intersectionality and marginalization for philanthropy and why it is important to take intersectionality into account when studying gender and philanthropy. Lee’s research has been widely cited globally and she is an active contributor to the nonprofit research community. She is an associate editor of Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Public Administration Review and serves on the editorial board of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing.
“Professor Lee is an esteemed scholar who has produced a remarkable breadth of highly recognized and influential research published in leading journals across many key issues affecting the philanthropic sector, while also directing the nonprofit management program at our nation’s second largest university,” Pasic said. “Her leadership and expertise will significantly enhance understanding of women, gender and philanthropy, and the complex and interrelated issues affecting these aspects of generosity today, for both our students and our field.”
At the school, Lee will conduct new research to advance understanding of women’s leadership and differences in the way women and men think about and practice philanthropy. She will teach philanthropic studies courses, including a class on women and philanthropy. She previously was Professor and Nonprofit Management Director in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida.
“The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is a microcosm of the nonprofit sector, as the school has experts in various fields of the study of nonprofits and philanthropy. I am excited to work surrounded by these world-renowned scholars who study the sector from diverse perspectives, including economics, psychology, sociology, and more,” Lee said. “As the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair, I will work closely with the school’s Women’s Philanthropy Institute. I believe my research on gender diversity, equity and inclusion in nonprofit management and leadership will contribute to WPI’s existing strengths. I hope to collaborate with the WPI team to help further expand its focus and impacts by studying implications of diversity and intersectionality for philanthropy. I am also very excited to work with the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy and Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. We have overlapping research interests, and I believe we can create synergy though research collaboration.”
Michael Moody, Ph.D., has been appointed Professor of Philanthropic Studies. A widely noted philanthropy scholar, Moody served for the past 13 years as the first holder of the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. His decades of research, teaching, writing and speaking have greatly expanded and improved the understanding and practice of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. He is especially known for bridging scholarship and professional practice in ways that are accessible to diverse audiences and informed by the latest research.
Trained as a cultural sociologist with a special emphasis on philanthropic ethics, Moody’s work focuses on topics such as theories and critiques of philanthropy, Gen X and Millennial giving, family foundations, venture philanthropy, donor learning, and nonprofits’ debates about the public good, among other issues. At the school, Moody will continue and expand his research, writing and speaking on those and other topics and will teach graduate, undergraduate and professional training courses.
Moody is co-author of the books Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission (with Robert Payton), The Philanthropy Reader, and Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving, and many other publications. His books have won major awards, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy, and have been produced as audiobooks, translated into several languages and featured as best-sellers in the philanthropy category.
“We are delighted to welcome Professor Moody as a key member of our school’s Philanthropic Studies faculty. His thoughtful approach to examining philanthropy combines the depth of the scholarly imagination that brought us the foundational text of Payton and Moody’s Understanding Philanthropy with an accessible style that is valued by practitioners across the nation and beyond,” Pasic said. “His passion for bringing the humanities together with social sciences and his examination of the philosophical and ethical questions and challenges in our field will offer our students and philanthropy professionals innovative insights and additional opportunities to explore these important aspects of their work.”
“I plan to take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach and advise the next generation of students and scholars of philanthropy and to pioneer new multidisciplinary research and theory,” Moody said. “I will also continue my avid engagement with philanthropic professionals and the broader public, working to improve understanding of the vital role philanthropy plays in all our lives, and sparking fresh dialogue about the big questions and tough challenges confronting this rapidly evolving and diversifying field. I believe the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is the best place in the world to do that work.”
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