Knowledge that informs practice

Our in-house research staff and faculty members generate new knowledge that increases the understanding of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector among researchers and scholars, practitioners, donors, and others interested in philanthropic trends.

Through the creation and dissemination of scholarly and nationally renowned research, along with conducting privately contracted research, the school provide invaluable insights into philanthropic organizations and practices highlighted in academic and practitioner publications.

Organizations we have partnered with

  • Bank of America
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • CCS Fundraising
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Givelify
  • Giving USA Foundation
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy

Partner with us

Our research department staff members possess a unique understanding of nonprofit sector and renowned expertise using rigorous research methods. This powerful combination enables the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to conduct comprehensive research projects for local, national, and global organizations.

Leading national and regional organizations regularly contract with us to analyze the dynamics of change defining the philanthropic landscape. Our expertise includes knowledge of charitable giving, volunteering, disaster philanthropy, nonprofit management, compensation in the nonprofit sector, and best practices in a variety of philanthropic fields. The school’s credibility and methodological rigor set the standard for the field.