Patrick Rooney, Ph.D.

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Patrick Rooney is professor of economics and philanthropic studies, and the executive associate dean for academic programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

While he served as the executive director of the Center on Philanthropy, he worked closely with the Center’s faculty, Board of Visitors, and the IU administration to become the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—the world’s first school of philanthropy.

Rooney also served as the Center’s first full-time director of research, building the Center into one of the nation’s premier philanthropy research organizations, leading research projects for organizations such as Giving USA, Bank of America, American Express, Gates, Google, and United Way Worldwide.

He has served on the boards and advisory committees of many nonprofits. A nationally recognized expert on philanthropy and charitable giving, Dr. Rooney has published many academic and practitioner-focused papers. He speaks frequently across the country on issues related to philanthropy and nonprofit management and has been quoted by national news media outlets such as PBS’s Nightly Business Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics at Notre Dame.


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