The first professional doctorate in philanthropy is now accepting applications

Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI is opening applications for its new online Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership (PhilD), the first doctoral-level professional leadership degree in the field. The new curriculum provides seasoned leaders with a world-class educational experience, designed to elevate their professional roles as innovative senior executives and thought leaders in philanthropy and in cross-sector initiatives, both at the national than international.

“Our new professional doctorate in philanthropic leadership is a deliberate investment in the leadership capacity of the philanthropic sector and civil society to bring about social change. It will equip accomplished, thoughtful individuals to deepen and accelerate impact in philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and beyond,” said Amir Pasic, the school’s Dean Eugene R. Tempel. “Leaders today are under increasing pressure to integrate and apply knowledge with a deeper understanding of the context that shapes their world and the world that philanthropy seeks to affect.

“The creation of the PhilD program responds to the continued demand for an accessible way for leaders in the field to apply research-based knowledge to the issues they deal with every day, while earning a doctoral degree designed just for them. “, Pasic said. . “We have already received many expressions of interest in the PhilD from potential students. We look forward to welcoming the innovative leaders who will make up our inaugural cohort. »

A doctorate for leaders and actors

While a traditional Ph.D. Generally preparing graduates for academic positions, the PhilD is aimed at practitioners and integrates philanthropy, leadership and research. PhilD students and graduates will use cutting-edge leadership tools and creative applications of existing research, scholarship, and data to help solve some of society’s most intractable problems through philanthropic, nonprofit initiatives. and intersectoral. The program is developed by award-winning faculty members from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Courses focus on applying new and existing knowledge, education, global perspectives, and professional experience to produce actionable insights that advance the practice of philanthropy and have social impact.

The PhilD is designed for working professionals. All courses are online and asynchronous. Students follow a defined program delivered in sequential eight-week sessions throughout the year for two years, even as they develop an applied research project. Instead of a traditional dissertation, this final project, completed and presented in the third year of the degree program, uses existing or new research to solve a real-world problem within an organization, a particular area of ​​practice or initiative that can serve as a model for other leaders and organizations.

Final applied research projects are chosen by the student in conjunction with a faculty committee of their choosing, and students have wide latitude in the substantive area of ​​applied research, as well as the form the project takes. Projects can address areas of interest such as leadership challenges, impact assessment, diversity imperatives, policy development and implementation, fundraising technology, or global considerations in rapidly changing civil society environments. The final applied project output can take a myriad of forms, including a written report, a major case study, a policy plan, an impact assessment tool, or any other project output that can be shared and used by the community. student author in a professional setting for real. – Solving global problems.

Leaders from a wide range of fields, including the private, government and philanthropic sectors, are encouraged to apply. Experienced leaders within the C-suite or program leadership of their nonprofit organizations, founders, philanthropists, corporate foundation leaders, and government leaders who work in cross-industry environments are all examples of potential students for the new PhilD. Leadership through extensive volunteerism, such as serving long-term on the board or board of directors, may also qualify. PhilD students will grow in the program as a cohort of peers, sharing and learning from their rich and diverse backgrounds and making lifelong professional connections. This diversity of experience, training and thinking will help support a vibrant community of thinkers and doers.

Lead the leaders

Cindy M. Lott, Esq., is the first director of the new PhilD program and is a clinical professor of philanthropic studies and Stead Policy Fellow at the school. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Academic Director of Nonprofit Management Programs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, where she developed the curriculum and curriculum for MS Nonprofit Management. . Lott has extensive experience at the intersection of philanthropic and nonprofit practice, research, teaching, and program design. His expertise extends to both practice and academic research, particularly applied research. She is a Fellow of the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and has served as a Policy Fellow in the Independent Sector.

“We are delighted to have Professor Lott lead the PhilD,” said Pasic. “His impressive knowledge and experience encompasses teaching, research, policy engagement, governance and regulation in many facets of leadership relevant to anyone curious about philanthropy and ready to make an even greater difference. great thanks to their work. His expertise and prowess will be important assets for the launch of this new diploma.

Lott was previously executive director and senior counsel for the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School and a member of the US IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt Entities. She is chair of the Public Policy, Politics and Law section of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and co-chair of the subcommittee on organizations exempt from the American Bar Association on state charities law. She has advised or served on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations. A graduate of Yale Law School and Indiana University Bloomington, Lott is a frequent speaker at national conferences on regulation, compliance, ethics, management and governance of philanthropic and nonprofit states.

“I am honored to join the prestigious Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and lead the Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership,” said Lott. “This innovative new curriculum provides an opportunity for seasoned leaders to integrate and deepen the depth of knowledge and prior experiences that our student leaders will bring to the classroom, to their peers, and to key challenges in our civil society. The PhilD will further strengthen the philanthropic sector and our communities, develop the current and next generation of leaders, and launch these leaders into the next phase of their careers in social change.

The priority deadline for PhilD applications is November 1, 2022; applications will close on December 1, 2022. The inaugural group will be limited to a maximum of 25 students. They will begin the 48-credit degree program in May 2023 and graduate in May 2026. Professional and academic prerequisites for doctoral candidates include a completed graduate degree in any field, at least five years of demonstrated leadership experience and a commitment to advancing social good as evidenced by professional and personal endeavors. No GRE or other graduate entrance exam is required.

Indiana University and IUPUI created the world’s first school dedicated solely to teaching and researching philanthropy, recognized internationally as a major source of groundbreaking education and research for more than three decades . The university pioneered the field of philanthropic studies and created the world’s first traditional doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in this field. The new PhilD is another first for philanthropy education.

Source: IUPUI

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