A New CGP Member Benefit

Posted by Philip Purcell on May 15, 2019 2:51:15 PM

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Graduate Certificate (GS) and Master’s Degree (MA) in Philanthropic Studies Scholarships

The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy have partnered to offer a new member benefit for all CGP members interested in advancing their professional development. CGP members are eligible for a scholarship that can save Indiana residents $250 per class ($3,000 for the master’s degree) and non-residents $500 per class ($6,000 for the master’s degree).

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I am honored to endorse the Graduate Certificate (GS) and Master’s degree (MA) programs of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (LFSOP). For over fifteen years, I have been teaching the law of nonprofit organizations for the MA program. I am very familiar with the faculty, courses and other programs of the LFSOP.

The LFSOP is the world’s first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. LFSOP is named for one of America’s great philanthropic families in honor of their generations of generosity and leadership. Indiana University (IU) has been at the vanguard of philanthropy education since the Center on Philanthropy was founded in 1987. IU established the nation’s first bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in philanthropy.

Master of Arts (MA) in Philanthropic Studies. Are you a working professional looking to enhance your career prospects and become prepared for leadership roles and deeper, more thoughtful, and engaged practice within the nonprofit sector? Are you just beginning to find your way into the field of philanthropy? The MA in Philanthropic Studies is the first degree program in the world to focus on the history, culture, and values of philanthropy. There are three ways to complete the MA.

Online Option. The idea of starting a master’s degree might seem overwhelming, but completing classes online makes it manageable for those who work full time, or don’t live in the Indianapolis area. You receive the same degree and are taught by the same faculty as the students who come to Indianapolis to learn. The online degree comes with the same quality but offers a little more flexibility.

Executive Option. You can earn a degree entirely online in as little as three years, and you have the option of coming to campus for interaction with faculty and colleagues in the summer.

On Campus Options. Full-time students can earn our degree in two years and have the option of serving as a community-based graduate assistant to gain experience in what they want to do upon graduation. Full-time students are also considered for additional scholarship opportunities.

Graduate Certificate (GS) in Philanthropic Studies. The GS provides students with education in the field of philanthropic studies. The program introduces students to the critical issues and values of philanthropic practices. It is designed for those who have an interest, and perhaps career need, for this education and want to sample the M.A. program. All the certificate credits can be used toward the MA. It will provide opportunities both for students interested in learning more about the field as well as career professionals looking to expand their knowledge. The certificate may be completed on its own or in conjunction with other graduate study.

I encourage my colleagues within the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners to consider the MA or GS in Philanthropic Studies. To learn more about the CGP member scholarship offer, you can visit the LFSOP website at: https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/academics/gift-planners.html

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