Melanie McKitrick

Associate Director

Research
Phone:
317-278-8964
Email:
millemea@iupui.edu
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN
46202

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Purdue (IPFW)
  • M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management, IU (IUPUI)
  • M.A. in Liberal Arts, Philanthropic Studies, IU (IUPUI)
  • M.S.W. Candidate, 2016

Biography

Melanie McKitrick started her career at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2008 as a graduate assistant in the research department. Since 2011, she has been the Managing Editor of Giving USA and is also the associate director of research. In addition to producing Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy and a number of Giving USA spotlight research reports, Melanie has managed and produced the 2012 Bank of America study on High Net Worth Philanthropy, Connected to Give: Faith Communities, the 2013 Congregational Economic Impact Study, The Philanthropy Outlook 2015 & 2016, and several other reports. Melanie is also currently an M.S.W. student at the IU School of Social Work.

Publications

  • “Family Philanthropy Beyond Borders: Best Practices for Family Foundations with Geographically Dispersed Boards.” Published by Foundation Review.

Research Interests

  • Giving by low-income and traditionally marginalized and oppressed communities
  • The history of philanthropy and social work
  • Social-justice philanthropy
  • Philanthropy in support of the mentally ill

Current Projects

  • Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy
  • Giving Tuesday
  • The Philanthropy Outlook

Presentations

  • McKitrick, M., Hayat, A., Bergdoll, J., & Baranowski, G. “Socio-demographic Characteristics of U.S. Households That Give to Charity and to Politics.” Presented at the 2013 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference, Hartford, Connecticut. (2013)
  • McKitrick, M. & Garcia, A. “Conceptualizing Critical Philanthropy in Uncritical Times.” Presented at the 2013 Journal of Curriculum Theory (JCT) Conference, Bergamo Conference Center, Ohio. (2013)
  • McKitrick, M. “Family Philanthropy Beyond Borders: Best Practices for Family Foundations with Geographically Dispersed Boards.” Presented at the 2011 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference as a poster presentation, Toronto, Canada. (2011)
  • McKitrick, M. “Pop Culture Philanthropy in the United States.” A critical analysis of the uses of popular culture technologies and texts in philanthropic schemes. Presented at the Workshop in Multidisciplinary Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. (2011)
  • McKitrick, M. & Uland, K. “Linking Valuation & Resource Allocation for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library: An Economic-Based Approach.” Presented at the 11th Annual Association of SPEA Ph.D. Students (ASPS) Conference at Indiana University. (2011)
  • McKitrick, M., Uland, K., Smyer, A., Hamilton, E., & Kirby, V. “Linking Valuation & Resource Allocation for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library: An Economic-Based Approach.” Presented at the Office of the Mayor, Indianapolis, in requirement of the SPEA Capstone project. (2010)
  • McKitrick, M. “Best Practices in Education Grantmaking.” Presented at the 2009 ARNOVA Conference as a poster presentation, Cleveland, Ohio. (2009)
  • Heist, D., Kienker, J., & McKitrick, M. “Strategic Human Resources Management of Adult Education Programs at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc.” Presented at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. for executive staff. (2009)

Other Activities

  • Mental Health of Greater Indianapolis Development Committee Member