Research on competitive giving will shed light on impact on philanthropy

Every March since 2012, Brackets For Good, an Indianapolis-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization, hosts online “competitive giving” fundraising tournaments. With March Madness as the impetus, there are now nonprofits in 10 additional cities involved, and a national competition. Participating nonprofits organizations rally enthusiastic donors to out fundraise their opponents in order to advance into the next… Read more »

New SPEA course connects students to careers and leaders in community development

By Marshawn Wolley, Director of of Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives As part of SPEA’s long-standing commitment to community engagement and development, the school recently launched the Community Corps program. The innovative initiative aims to prepare the next generation of civic leaders while partnering with many of our community’s nonprofit, faith-based, and public organizations. A… Read more »

Students analyze impact of Indiana placemaking projects in SPEA practicum course

By Doug Noonan, Professor We are gearing up for another SPEA practicum course this spring, a great opportunity for students to do some original research and inform policy and real-work difference-makers. Interested in adding a course to your fall, with a flexible schedule, a fun topic, and a chance to affect policy? Read on! When… Read more »

IU Public Policy Institute study outlines program needs for growing Indiana Latino population

By Rachel Thelin and Dona Sapp, senior policy analysts September marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, and as community leaders around the state come together to recognize and celebrate the many economic, social, and cultural contributions of Indiana’s growing Latino population, they must also recognize challenges facing Indiana Latinos in a number of areas,… Read more »