Programs and Publications

MPI programs and publications

The Muslim Philanthropy Initiative creates educational programs and publications designed to broaden the understanding of the Muslim philanthropic, nonprofit, and voluntary sector. 


Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society (JMPCS), is a bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal published by the Center on Muslim Philanthropy in partnership with Indiana University Press, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

JMPCS seeks original academic research examining the broad scope of Muslim philanthropy and civil society. Journal of Muslim Philanthropy

This peer reviewed online academic journal will publish research related to Muslim nonprofit, philanthropic and voluntary action. The terms “Muslim” and “philanthropy” are defined broadly to be inclusive of cutting-edge research from across the world and disciplines. JMPCS is intended to shed light on the dynamic practice and understanding of Muslim Philanthropy.

Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society book series

Launched in partnership with nationally recognized Indiana University Press, The Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society book series aims to develop a framework and broader understanding of the Muslim philanthropic, nonprofit, and voluntary sector.

This series presents critical research on how Muslims practice philanthropy as an important aspect of their faith and emphasizes engagement with Muslim practice by relating to, as well as challenging, conventional understandings of philanthropic and civic activity. We hope to encourage the growth of scholarly interest in the emerging field of Muslim philanthropic, nonprofit, and civil society studies by seeking diverse work written by scholars and practitioners.

The Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society book series serves a growing readership of academics, nonprofit executives, trustees, and volunteer leaders.

Professional development trainings

MPI provides professional development programs through Lake Institute on Faith and Giving and The Fund Raising School in partnership with the Center on Muslim Philanthropy, an independent nonprofit organization.

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF)

Through Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four-day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools, and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations.

The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational, and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motivated by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving. This training has been customized for a Muslim audience.

The Fund Raising School

The Fund Raising School has been dedicated to the advancement of ethical fundraising for more than 40 years. The school offers 22 courses that will be offered to Muslim nonprofits through specially trained faculty who understand the Muslim nonprofit context and the course materials.

Customized trainings

In partnership with the other units at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (including the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, and The Fund Raising School) the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative will develop customized trainings for Muslim nonprofit and philanthropic institutions based upon need. The Initiative will also develop trainings that will assist non-Muslim nonprofit and philanthropic institutions to better understand the Muslim context.

Muslim American Women Convening

The Muslim Philanthropy Initiative has convened a series of facilitated discussions with Muslim women philanthropic leaders that will result in a white paper to guide future research, practice, and policy related to Muslim American women and philanthropy. Past cohorts have included Muslim women nonprofit leaders, young Muslim civic leaders (ages 18-29), and Muslim women who are high-net worth donors and/or managers of family foundations.

If you know of any individuals who should be included in the convenings and future research, please email Lina Grajales at

Muslim Philanthropy, Nonprofit, and Civic Archives

The Muslim Philanthropy, Nonprofit, and Civic Archives will be established at the IU Indianapolis University Library Special Collections. The Special Collections are home to the archives of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the Foundation Center, and other important collections.

Five Muslim organizations have committed to house their archives in the collections, including the Islamic Society of North America and World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists. The archives will become a focal point for research of the important contributions Muslims are making through philanthropy, nonprofit and voluntary action.