Kathryn Dilworth

Adjunct Faculty Member, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Kathryn Dilworth


  • Ph.D., IUPUI, Philanthropic Studies
  • M.A., University of Alabama in Huntsville, English
  • B.A., University of Mississippi, English


Kathryn Dilworth is a fundraiser and philanthropy scholar whose research focuses on fundraising practice and the impact of philanthropy on community well-being. Recent papers on academic and public libraries focus on funding disparities in campus and local communities that negatively impact library missions.

In building solutions to fundraising challenges in academic libraries, she development of a new model for fundraising grounded in social capital theory for application across the nonprofit sector. Trainings and writing on the fundraiser experience can be found on her website, GoodRuption.

Kathryn is a co-director of the Happiness Learning Collaborative at Purdue University, a multi-discipline research collaborative focused on community well-being.

Courses Taught

  • PHST 521 – Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector
  • PHST 532 – Applying Ethics to Philanthropy
  • PHST 555 – Readings in Philanthropic Studies


  • Philanthropy in public libraries: Its impact on community well-being missions (in press). The International Journal of Community Well-Being.
  • The Social Capital Fundraising Model. Doctoral Dissertation. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
  • Building the social capital of the academic library through fundraising (in press). T. Schlak, P. Bracke, S. Corrall. (Eds), The Social Future of Libraries, Facet Publishing.
  • Fundraising in academic libraries: Looking back and defining new questions. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(5).
  • Successful Fundraising for the Academic Library: Philanthropy in Higher Education. Oxford: Chandos Press.