Kirsten GrønbjergIU School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Grønbjerg, the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy, has helped establish the IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI as one of the leading centers of nonprofit expertise in the world.
She has applied her research experience on behalf of the strategic planning committee of the United Way of Central Indiana and its constituent agencies. Gronbjerg is regarded as a leading scholar among those who study the American nonprofit sector, serving as a past president of the Association of Researchers on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
Her international reputation has helped make IUPUI's philanthropic studies academic program, housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts, one of the most prominent in the world of academia, attracting scholars and fellow researchers from around the globe. Her book Understanding Nonprofit Funding was the 1995 winner of ARNOVA's Outstanding Book Award.
Grønbjerg also holds a dual appointment in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, specializing in the impact on the nonprofit sector on public policy and societal activity. She has written a number of books, articles and reports on American welfare policies and the nonprofit sector, and on the planning and funding structures used in human services.