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Leslie Lenkowsky

Professor of Practice in Public Affairs and Philanthropy
(812) 855-4072
SPEA Room 327

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982
A.B., Franklin and Marshall College, 1968

Professional Experience

  • Clinical Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, present
  • Co-Director, Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, present
  • Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, D.C., 2001-2003
  • Hudson Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1990-1997
  • Institute for Educational Affairs, Washington, D. C., 1985-1990
  • United States Information Agency, Washington, D. C., 1983-1984
  • Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., New York, NY, 1976-1983

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • David R. Jones Award for Leadership in Voluntary Service, The Fund for American Studies, 2010
  • Helene Waislitz Fellow, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia, 2007
  • Honorary Degree, Franklin and Marshall College, 2002
  • Honorary Degree, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio 2002
  • Honorary Degree, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri.2003

Professional Interests
Nonprofits and public policy, civil society in comparative perspective, institutional grant-makers, volunteering and civic engagement, and education and social welfare policy, social entrepreneurship

Current Projects

  • Researching and writing book on philanthropy and public policy (with Suzanne Garment)
  • Chapter on foundations and corporate philanthropy for second edition of Salamon, ed., The State of Nonprofit America
OnTOPIC Podcast
SPEA Podcasts Voluntary Organizations and Membership

Selected Publications
Full Vita (pdf)

  • Leslie Lenkowsky (2012). "Foundations and Corporate Philanthropy." In Lester M. Salamon (Ed.), The State of Nonprofit America, 2nd. Ed., pp. 459-494.  Brookings Institute for the Aspen Institute.
  • “Education and the Conservative Foundations,” (with James Piereson) in Reconnecting Education & Foundations: Turning Good Intentions into Educational Capital, Ray Bacchetti and Thomas Ehrlich, eds., Jossey-Bass, 2007
  • “The Politics of Doing Good: Philanthropic Leadership for the Twenty-First Century,” in Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving, William Damon and Susan Verducci, eds., Indiana University Press, 2006
  • “The ‘Best Uses’ of Philanthropy for Reform,” in With the Best of Intentions, Frederick M. Hess, ed., Harvard Education Press, 2005
  • “Can Government Build Community? Lessons from the National Service Program,” in Gifts of Time and Money, Arthur C. Brooks, ed., Rowman and Littlefield, 2005
  • “Foundations and Corporate Philanthropy,” The State of Nonprofit America, Lester M. Salamon, ed., Brookings Institution Press in collaboration with the Aspen Institute, 2002