Advancing the understanding and practice of philanthropy

As the world’s first school of philanthropy, we provide professional education and indispensable research to life-long learners and leaders in the field. We prepare the next wave of changemakers through our experience-driven degree programs.

phi·​lan·​thro·​py • noun

  • goodwill to fellow members of the human race
  • active effort to promote human welfare
  • an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes
  • an organization distributing or supported by funds set aside for humanitarian purposes
Kathi Badertscher poses with NGO staff.

A culture of generosity

by Kathi Badertscher, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs

Dr. Badertscher reflects on the Saudi Arabian culture of hospitality and generosity after being two of three women presenters at the Eleventh Forum for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector.

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Distinguished Visitor Series

Lake Institute on Faith and Giving

As a Sikh growing up in San Antonio, Simran Jeet Singh felt the sting of racism and religious intolerance, but he also learned the power of kindness and generosity. Singh is the Aspen Institute’s executive director of the Religion and Society Program and author of the bestseller “The Light we Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life.”

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Philanthropy in Nepal

by Rewati Raman Dhakal, Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development

Philanthropy is of great importance in Nepali society and reflects commitments deeply rooted in the country’s diverse religious and cultural landscape. Dhakal provides insights into traditional practices, modern trends, challenges, and recommendations for philanthropy in Nepal, among individuals and organizations.

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Our recent news

Ericia Henry, a student at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is the newest member of the Patterson Foundation's Fellows Program. Henry, who will earn her Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree from the school in May 2024, is from New Albany, Indianapolis.

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