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Degree Program

The 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 a leader in the nonprofit field. This broad approach gives you more choices throughout your life to pursue your passions and improve your community locally or globally.

At the undergraduate level we offer a bachelor's degree in philanthropic studies, a minor in philanthropic studies, and a certificate in philanthropic fundraising. 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 Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, The Fund Raising School, the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy, the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Archives, and the Center for Service and Learning.