Dwight Burlingame

Professor Emeritus of Philanthropic Studies, Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy

Dwight Burlingame
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN


Dwight holds degrees from Moorhead State University, the University of Illinois and Florida State University. He received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1989. He is an active member of the AFP Research Council, ARNOVA, and ISTR. He completed a six-year term in 2010 as editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), the official journal of ARNOVA. He served as treasurer of ARNOVA from 1995-1999 and 2013-2017. He concluded 30 years of service as editor of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies book series for the Indiana University Press in 2019 In 2013 he received the Rosso Medal for lifetime achievement in ethical fundraising.

Dr. Burlingame has authored and co-authored 10 books, more than 55 articles, and more than 100 book reviews. He is the editor of Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopaedia published in three volumes by Clio Press, 2004.

Dr. Burlingame is active in the nonprofit community as a board member and volunteer, a frequent speaker, consultant, and author on topics relating to philanthropy, corporate citizenship, nonprofit organizations, libraries, and development.

Courses Taught

  • P210 Philanthropy and the Social Sciences
  • P370 Learning by Giving
  • P521 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
  • P555 Readings in Philanthropic Studies
  • P590 Internship in Philanthropic Studies
  • P790 Research in Philanthropic Studies