Black Philanthropy Month

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Everyday Donors of Color

Diverse Philanthropy During Times of Change

Explore findings on the motivations and behaviors of donors of color in recent years.

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The Conversation article

MacKenzie Scott’s HBCU giving starkly contrasts with the approach of early white funders of HBCUs

The Conversation

Professor Tyrone Freeman provides important insights on the philanthropic funding for HBCUs.

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Black Philanthropy Month at IU


Learn how the IU community comes together to celebrate African American students, staff, and faculty. 


Black Philanthropy Month at IU

Alumni stories

We are honored to highlight the impact of generosity and leadership of several Lilly Family School of Philanthropy alumni who are involved with the school, the community, and engaged on a philanthropic journey.

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Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy

Our Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy seeks to understand the perceptions, practices, experiences, and needs of the individuals and institutions that operationalize philanthropy in underrepresented communities and develop programming and services to engage philanthropic practitioners, scholars, and the public at large in conversations and activities to advance this field.

Watch the Mays Speaker Series

The Mays Family Institute hosts several nationally prominent speakers to examine diversity in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.

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UNCF Philanthropy Institute

In partnership with UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) Teaching and Learning Center, the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy and The Fund Raising School hosted more than 50 senior development leaders from 27 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as UNCF staff members, for the UNCF Teaching and Learning Center Philanthropy Institute, an executive leadership program held in Indianapolis in summer 2022.

The institute provided the leaders with research-based knowledge and practical instruction on how they can enhance their fundraising efforts and on heightened leadership and communication skills to have a positive impact across their advancement offices. The curriculum, offered over two and a half days, focused on leadership on fundraising, board engagement, engaging women and donors of color, and examining what it means to be African American in the field of fundraising.

Following the Institute, the Mays Institute and The Fund Raising School developed and are leading a series of virtual course sessions on specific aspects of fundraising and philanthropy such as major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns. The sessions are being offered between fall 2022 and fall 2023.

Freeman’s newest book, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow, examines African American women’s history of charitable giving, activism, education, and social service provision through the life and example of Madam C.J. Walker, the early twentieth century black philanthropist and entrepreneur.

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Madam Walker's Gospel of Giving book cover

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

In fall 2020, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy formed a new committee with the mandate to support the school’s desire to foster racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for staff, faculty, students, alumni, and partners.

Learn more about our DEI efforts