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Community Foundations and United Ways

Indiana University

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $125,000
  • Grant Period August 1, 2018–March 31, 2022
  • Location Bloomington, IN, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The project goal is to strengthen the capacity of community foundations to positively engage with other forms of community philanthropy. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations at the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr. Laurie Paarlberg, will lead a preliminary study of the landscape of local community-based grantmaking, focusing on the characteristics and relationships between local United Ways and community foundations. This research will improve the understanding of the roles that both types of institutions play in local communities, potentially identifying effective practices for strengthening relationships between institutions and laying the groundwork for future research on community grantmaking. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University was founded in 2012. Its mission is to increase the understanding of philanthropy and improve its practice worldwide through critical inquiry, interdisciplinary research, teaching, training, and civic engagement.