Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy

The Institute 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.

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For all who will build our culture of giving


Diversity has been found to have a positive influence on graduation and retention rates for all students in higher education—not just historically underrepresented groups.


Research has found that diverse experiences are positively related to many different cognitive outcomes.


Diversity enriches the educational experience for students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, while also improving relations between students of different backgrounds.

William Mays

Success is not important if you don’t share it.

William Mays

Athlete to Advocate program launched with Indiana Fever, Anthem Inc.

We have collaborated with the WNBA Indiana Fever and Anthem Inc. on the innovative “Athlete to Advocate” professional executive certificate program, designed to equip professional athletes to become effective advocates for change.

This program will prepare athletes to raise social awareness of the causes they support, advance solutions, and enhance their philanthropic activities and advocacy through their platform as professional athletes.

Learn more about the partnership »

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Diversity and nonprofits

Corporations and governments already understand diversity is good for business. Now is the time for the nonprofit sector to join them.