Plan To Create First School Of Philanthropy To Prepare Future Philanthropy Leaders To Change The World
The Indiana University Board of Trustees has given its approval for the formation of a School of Philanthropy to be located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The proposal would create what is believed to be the world's first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy and builds on the strengths of the existing Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, an internationally recognized leader in philanthropy education, research and training.
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The proposed school would fulfill a goal the Center on Philanthropy set more than a decade ago. It would bring national and international focus to the maturation of philanthropic studies into a recognized field of academic study and would help attract and retain the best and brightest faculty and students to Indiana University and to work in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
As a part of the new school, the Center on Philanthropy would continue to offer its top-quality, innovative action research for nonprofit professionals and donors, as well as its groundbreaking research, training and service programs, including The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Women's Philanthropy Institute.
"Philanthropy and nonprofit organizations are fundamental to a healthy society, and they operate in a constantly changing, ever-more-complex environment," said Gene Tempel, current Indiana University Foundation president who recently accepted the position of senior fellow at the Center on Philanthropy, where he will play a major role in the university's effort to establish the School of Philanthropy. "These challenges call for extraordinary efforts by universities to understand the philanthropic landscape and to equip philanthropy professionals, nonprofits, donors and volunteers to effectively achieve their missions. Indiana University and IUPUI are privileged to be a local, national and international leader in those efforts."
Philanthropy and the nonprofit sector constitute about 10 percent of the U.S. labor force and about 5 percent of the gross domestic product annually. There are more than 1.4 million nonprofit organizations nationwide. These nonprofits will need to hire an additional 640,000 senior executives by 2016, according to a study by The Bridgespan Group. The School of Philanthropy would address these and other important workforce and economic development needs for Indiana, the nation and the world.
"Philanthropy's role and impact in the business and government sectors and around the globe, as well as in the nonprofit sector, are increasing dramatically," said Patrick M. Rooney, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy. "The proposed School of Philanthropy would prepare current and aspiring philanthropy and nonprofit professionals with the knowledge to be thoughtful, sophisticated and innovative leaders and would educate new generations of scholars in a field whose importance is growing rapidly in all aspects of society."
The Center on Philanthropy is already paving the way for these efforts. It has mentored dozens of philanthropy education programs at other universities in the U.S. and internationally. IU graduates with a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies are teaching in these programs, becoming the first generation of faculty members specifically educated to teach and conduct research in this burgeoning field.
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