Andrea Pactor

Associate Director, Women's Philanthropy Institute

Women's Philanthropy Institute
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN


  • M.A., Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University
  • M.A., Museum Studies, University of Michigan
  • B.A., American University


As associate director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Andrea is responsible for program and curriculum development and implementation, marketing, social media, and operations. She has organized four national symposia on women and philanthropy for the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and five national conferences on the same topic in partnership with CASE. She co-developed the first-ever online course about women and philanthropy, Women and Philanthropy—The Time is Now, for The New York Times Knowledge Network and the online conference, SHEMAKESCHANGE, about the intersection of women, money, and philanthropy.

Andrea is co-author with Dr. Dwight Burlingame on a chapter on the history of donor education and with Dr. Debra Mesch on research and women’s philanthropy for From Donor to Philanthropist: The Value of Donor Education in Creating Confident, Joyful Donors (2013). She is also co-author of chapters on women and philanthropy, notably in Fundraising Principles and Practices, Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, and Achieving Excellence in Fundraising.

Current Projects

  • Co-developing first online graduate credit course on gender and philanthropy