Study at the world’s premier school of philanthropy

As the first school of its kind, the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s research and degree programs are globally recognized. Our students are prepared for more than just a successful career—they are ready to help shape the future of philanthropy. 

Whether you’re just starting out or have been working in the field for years, we have a program that’s right for you. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs that can take you from a bachelor’s to a Ph.D.—and beyond.

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A well-rounded education

We believe that the best way to develop a deep understanding of philanthropy is by learning its history and theory, then applying what you have learned in practical ways. Our students have many opportunities to participate in applied projects and experiential learning.

Are you ready to join the next generation of philanthropy professionals and scholars?

1stschool of philanthropy in the world

7programs that let you earn the degree you want

100%of students employed or enrolled in graduate school

What does a career in philanthropy look like?

Whether you dream of doing community outreach for a modest nonprofit or managing a major charitable fund, the field of philanthropy is filled with opportunities.

From executive leadership to fundraising to program development, nonprofit jobs make up 10 percent of the United States workforce.

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Our world-changing alumni

Philanthropic organizations around the world look to alumni Derrick Feldmann (MA, ’02), recognized researcher and advisor on global social movements and issues. A regular source. Author of three important books on change, Feldmann maintains a strong connection to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy by serving on our Board of Visitors.

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