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Welcome to the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI!

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s degree programs bring together an understanding of how philanthropy works with why people give. The school emphasizes a comprehensive approach to the study of philanthropy in society that gives you the knowledge and understanding to be active in the nonprofit field. Philanthropy encompasses formal and informal voluntary association, voluntary giving, and voluntary action and thus is a powerful force in shaping the social, economic and political dimensions of all societies. 

The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy increases the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice worldwide. It is committed to knowledge creation, dissemination, and collaborative education for an engaged community of volunteers, donors, nonprofit leaders, fundraising executives, policy makers, students, and scholars. The school's programs support the development of professionally trained practitioners and engaged scholars, resulting in more efficiently and effectively operated nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, more engaged volunteers and donors, and more effective philanthropy in the United States and globally. As a part of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the school operates programs on the IUPUI and IU Bloomington campuses and collaborates closely with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. This broad approach gives you more choices throughout your life to pursue your passions and improve your community locally or globally.

Located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, the school offers an undergraduate degree, the first Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philanthropic Studies. On the graduate level we offer master's and doctorate degrees. We value a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding philanthropy, with courses in the humanities, social sciences and professions. The school’s research and learning environment includes The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, The Fund Raising School, the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Archives, and the Center for Service and Learning.