Philanthropic Studies

About the philanthropic studies major

Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed by the generous donation of money to good causes. Graduates of the philanthropy major lead nonprofit and philanthropic organizations using their skills in fundraising, grant making, foundation leadership, social impact, and much more. Our graduates are leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is the first school in the world to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropic Studies (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 2019).

Skills and abilities this major develops: fundraising, strategic planning, and management.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Ethics and values in philanthropy
  • Giving and volunteering in America
  • Internship in philanthropic studies
  • Learning by giving
  • Philanthropy—calling and community

Possible careers

  • Foundation manager
  • Fundraising specialist
  • Grants officer
  • Nonprofit program manager
  • Special events coordinator
  • Volunteer coordinator

Where could I work?

  • Arts organizations
  • Hospitals and health clinics
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social services agencies
  • Volunteers of America

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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