Thursday, July 5, 2012

Indiana University Approves New School of Philanthropy

As reported in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Indiana University, which already offers a philanthropy doctoral program and houses The Center on Philanthropy, intends to create a brand new school devoted to the study of philanthropy:

Indiana University’s trustees voted last week to create a school of philanthropy, the first in the nation and a sign of both the growing amount of scholarship on the nonprofit world and intense demand to offer rigorous training to people who work at charitable institutions.

The university has already raised nearly 70 percent of its $100-million goal to endow the new school, said Eugene Tempel, who founded Indiana’s Center on Philanthropy, one of the first and biggest academic units created to study the field.

Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies at Indiana University, said the decision to start a school was a profound development for nonprofits.

According to the university’s press release, the next step is to submit the proposal for consideration by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  The press release also states that the new school will be located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.


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