The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is on track to become the world’s first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy.
Led by the Center, which was founded in 1987 at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, Indiana University was the first university in the world to offer degrees in philanthropic studies.
Those include a master of arts in 1993, a Ph.D. in 2003, and a bachelor of arts in 2010.
The board of trustees at Indiana University has approved formation of a School of Philanthropy, with the proposal now to be submitted for consideration by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
“Philanthropy and nonprofit organizations are fundamental to a healthy society, and they operate in a constantly-changing, ever-more-complex environment,” Gene Tempel, president of the Indiana Foundation, says in a statement.
Tempel has been named senior fellow at the Center and will play a key role in the university’s effort to establish the School of Philanthropy.
Philanthropy and the nonprofit sector represent roughly 10 percent of the U.S. labor force and about 5 percent of the annual gross domestic project.
The U.S. is home to over 1.4 million nonprofits that will need to hire another 640,000 executives by 2016, according to a study by The Bridgespan Grop.
“Philanthropy’s role and impact in the business and government sectors and around the globe, as well as in the nonprofit sector, are increasing dramatically,” Patrick M. Rooney, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy, says in a statement.
The Center, which has mentored dozens of philanthropy-education programs at other universities in the U.S. and abroad, offers research for nonprofit professionals and donors, as well as research, training and service programs, including The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, and Women’s Philanthropy Institute.