What numbers help describe all that the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy does during one calendar year?
We wanted to find out, so we asked staff members to provide some numbers about the activities we do here.
Learn more about how busy we stay improving philanthropy to improve the world!
Students and alumni
221 – Number of total students enrolled in our bachelor’s, master’s, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. programs, from 28 states and 10 countries.
767 – Number of alumni from the four degree programs working in the U.S. and around the globe today. Alumni hold a broad range of careers, all informed by studying philanthropy.
“Don’t be afraid to be a trailblazer. There’s opportunity available if you want to try something new. Think broadly about the way that this degree can help you achieve your goals.” –Smita Vadakekalam, M.A. ‘01
“I can’t wait to graduate and then use my experience in the future to serve as a bridge between academics and practitioners.” –Sevda Kilicalp, Ph.D. student and thematic networks coordinator at the European Foundation Centre
14* – The number of research reports produced by the school’s research team. What information and data did they share? Everything from data on household charitable giving from 2000 to 2016, to information about congregations and religious giving, to how policymakers can incentivize non-itemizer giving, to data and news on giving in 2018, and more.
“We wanted to understand (our partners who work in) the U.S. nonprofit world, and that’s the heart of what this school does.” –Dr. Glenn Rogers, Senior Partnership Advisor for USAID/ASHA
*This number includes the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) research studies.
Women’s Philanthropy Institute
5 – The number of specific reports WPI released in 2019. In March, the institute released Women Give 2019, which examined giving at the intersection of race and gender and sparked the campaign #iamaphilanthropist.
Other reports studied women’s funds and foundations and how they give to women’s and girls’ causes, as well as how many U.S. nonprofit organizations give to women’s and girls’ causes.
“WPI is continuing to offer relevant, current and critical research on this important focus. I am so thankful for the wonderful work they do.” –Michele Rebeor, CCS Fundraising
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
39 – The number of different cities and towns where Lake Institute conducted events and programs.
61 – Total number of individuals who received their Executive Certificates in Religious Fundraising (ECRF).
74 – Number of congregations who received Cultivating Generous Congregations (CGC) seminars.
2,894 – The total number of individuals served through Lake Institute’s educational and public programs, including ECRFs, CGCs, presentations and workshops, and public events.
“I walked away with more insight about my own role as a fundraiser in my context and learned more about the philosophical and theological foundations for fundraising. I also gained confidence to follow through with ideas and tasks that I have had in the last few years, but I haven’t fully embraced those ideas or completed those tasks. The sessions—and listening to other participants—helped me realize that I do have the skill sets and ability to move to the next level in my role.” –Princeton Theological Seminary ECRF Participant
Muslim Philanthropy Initiative
1 – The first-ever custom Muslim ECRF offering was taught this year by Dr. David King, Dr. Shariq Siddiqui, and Rafia Khader.
250+ – Through the Center on Muslim Philanthropy, the number of individuals trained in faith and giving.
The Fund Raising School
3 – The number of certificates offered by The Fund Raising School, including the newly-established Certificate in Fund Raising Leadership.
17 – The number of total cities served by public courses in 2019. Four (Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and New Orleans) are new cities.
18 – Total number of public courses offered by The Fund Raising School. One new one includes Fundraising Ethics, which applies ethical principles that form the foundation of trusting relationships with donors.
99 – Number of custom programs in 2019. Programs were designed for organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of America, UNICEF, and Hendricks County Community Foundation, and many more.
2,941 – The number of individuals trained in public courses, webinars, the Leadership Roundtable, and the Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership during the year.
“Our field is very fortunate to have such a high-caliber resource for professional development. With its connection to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, The Fund Raising School has access to the best research, resources, and faculty available in our profession.” –Patrick O’Toole, Vice President of Fund Development at Homewood Retirement Centers
Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy
330+ – Number of attendees at conversations with Susan Batten, Dr. Noah Drezner, Sandra Vargas, and panelists featured on reshaping black philanthropy, including Charmaine Brown, Tiara Dungy, Edward Jones, Collin Mays, Kim Nyoni, and Akilah Wallace.
“I’m really enjoying these focus points on various diverse communities in the philanthropic center.” –Event attendee
Faculty and staff
21 – Number of faculty with educational backgrounds and knowledge in fields such as economics, sociology, psychology, public and urban administration, history, political science, and public policy.
55 – Number of staff members, working in 12 different units, programs, and institutes.
“I love the fact that we are innovative and taking a unique approach to the world’s problems. I believe that if the world’s problems could be fixed on a spreadsheet, they all would already be fixed, and the school is taking the approach to solve the world’s problems in a different way.” –Dr. Shariq Siddiqui, assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative
1 – Honorary Indiana University degree given to Dr. Elizabeth Boris, founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and prior board member at the Center on Philanthropy.
4 – Number of events featuring philanthropic leaders and experts in the field, including Jane Wales of the Aspen Institute, Sue Cunningham of CASE, Kathy Reich of Ford Foundation, and Dr. Rob Reich of Stanford University.
8 – Number of myths written by faculty members of the school for the article “Eight Myths of US Philanthropy,” published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
32 – Years since the Center on Philanthropy was established. We look forward to educating more students, training more professionals, producing more practice-driven research studies, hosting more events with renowned leaders, and engaging with, challenging, and improving philanthropy in the future.
We’ve had a great year, and are looking forward to an exciting 2020!
Special thanks to Lilly Family School of Philanthropy staff members Susanna Sandifer, Tessa Skidmore, Rafia Khader, Curtis Kester, Luke Bickel, Andy Baker, and Amy Connolly for providing information for this post.