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Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy

Nonprofit Management is a field interested in the operation of tax-exempt organizations, including strategic management and performance measurement, marketing, information technology for nonprofits, management capacity, collaborative capacity, and management of non-governmental organizations. Related public policy interests include tax policy, nonprofit accountability to the public, and government-nonprofit/NGO relations. Philanthropy is the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations. Faculty interests include research and teaching on fundraising, philanthropic psychology and donor behavior.

Faculty Members

Matthew Baggetta

Assistant Professor

Jennifer N. Brass

Assistant Professor

Beth E. Cate

Associate Professor

Beth Gazley

Associate Professor and Teaching and Learning Faculty Chair

Leslie Lenkowsky

Professor of Practice in Public Affairs and Philanthropy

Alvin Lyons

Lecturer, Public and Non-Profit Management

Jill Nicholson-Crotty

Associate Professor

Mark A. Norrell, FACHE, HFA

Lecturer, Healthcare Administration

David Reingold

Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Bloomington

Michael Rushton

Professor and Director of Arts Administration Programs

Yue (Jen) Shang

Assistant Professor

Joanna Woronkowicz

Assistant Professor

Faculty Research

Study: Voluntary support for public schools has grown, but not enough to offset tax losses

Researchers find students in high-poverty schools are less likely to benefit

Nonprofit membership organizations falter post-recession

Charities outperformed other membership nonprofits.....The Great Recession and subsequent recovery appear to have taken a heavy toll on nonprofit organizations that rely on members for voluntary and financial support, a new report by Prof. Grønbjerg shows.

Indiana nonprofit sector grew during Great Recession, outpacing state's for-profits and government

Indiana University study by Professor Kirsten Grønbjerg finds impact on nonprofits was mixed; social assistance, arts and membership organizations were more vulnerable.

Indiana's nonprofit health care industry: a source of economic growth

As Indiana recovers from the Great Recession, a new Indiana University report shows the state’s nonprofit health care industry is a stable source of growth and high-paying jobs.

Making associations work: New book by IU experts offers recipe for success

Two Indiana University researchers offer a recipe for strong board leadership in a new book that tackles an important but overlooked subject.

Survey: Majority of Indiana local officials favor payments in lieu of taxes for nonprofits

A survey shows a majority of Indiana local government officials want some nonprofit organizations to offer payments or services in lieu of property taxes. More than one in four believes churches should make payments. The survey results come as local governments face decreasing revenues and growing budgetary pressures.

IU report: Nonprofit jobs and wages have grown in Indiana arts and related industries

New report out from IU finds that employment and wages in Indiana's nonprofit arts, entertainment and recreation industries are growing but trail more rapid growth in for-profit employment and wages in these industries.

Recession and competition are changing Indiana’s social assistance nonprofits, IU report shows

Indiana nonprofit social assistance agencies are feeling the effects of the Great Recession and the increased competition from for-profit firms, a new report from Indiana University shows.

Nonprofit education employment and wages grow in Indiana, IU report finds

"Nonprofit employment in education has grown consistently despite the Great Recession," Grønbjerg said. "Much of this growth occurred in colleges as enrollment increased."

New research proves the business case for product philanthropy

The study, released today by Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, provides the first detailed examination of the return on investment for donating merchandise as opposed to liquidating or destroying it.

Nonprofit Capacity to Engage Student Learners

SPEA faculty recently completed a four year study of service learning’s impact on the community organizations that host student volunteers.

Report from Indiana University researchers addresses need to ‘grow philanthropy’

"Forty years of increasingly sophisticated fundraising practice, the development of planned giving vehicles, the appearance of the Internet, and the rise of new digital channels have done nothing to move the needle on giving," they write.

Good360, IU collaborate to measure impact of 'product philanthropy'

The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Good360, formerly Gifts In Kind International, have completed the first year of a unique, ongoing collaboration designed to measure the impacts of corporate gifts-in-kind to non-profit organizations.

Indiana nonprofit employment made gains despite recession

"Indiana Nonprofit Employment: 2009 Update" was prepared by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and by graduate students Kellie McGiverin-Bohan, Jacob Knight, Katherine Novakoski and Virginia Simpson with assistance from Kristen Dmytryk and Jason Simons.

Indiana University report finds IRS revoked tax exemption for one in 10 Hoosier nonprofits

Nearly one in 10 registered Indiana nonprofit organizations lost their tax-exempt status last month for failing to file newly required paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service, according to an analysis led by an Indiana University faculty member and philanthropy expert.

For civic associations, effective leadership produces organizational success

Alexis de Tocqueville observed nearly 200 years ago that American civic associations served as "schools of democracy" where members learned the skills of citizenship. A recent study by Indiana University faculty member Matthew Baggetta and several colleagues suggests that such organizations are more effective if they embrace that Tocquevillian role.

Study: Link between military service and volunteering is complex

It draws on U.S. Census data to examine the frequency of volunteer activities for veterans compared with that of the population at large.

Hoosiers trust nonprofits to do what is right

A large majority of Indiana residents trust nonprofit organizations and charities in their communities to do what is right most or just about all the time, according to a new Indiana University survey.