New academic lab will explore equity and gaps in funding for under-resourced populations


Alliance magazine


A $3 million grant to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will help measure giving to nonprofits serving LGBTQ+, BIPOC, military veterans, and women’s and girls’ communities.

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI is creating a new digital resource, The Equitable Giving Lab, that will bring an equity lens to philanthropy by measuring funding for under-resourced groups.

The Equitable Giving Lab will address the current lack of centralized data on charitable giving to diverse communities and is made possible through anchor funding from

The Lab will provide information about charitable giving to nonprofits focused on the LGBTQ+, BIPOC, military veteran, and women’s and girls’ communities. It will be the first resource to measure charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations to these organizations, including trends over time.

The Equitable Giving Lab will be a one-stop source for high-quality, publicly available data about charitable giving to organizations focused on each of these under-resourced communities. It will help nonprofits, journalists, researchers and the public understand giving patterns to these organizations. The Lab will also better equip donors and funders who want to prioritize equity and inclusion with data to inform effective strategies and to create greater impact.

‘While there is growing awareness of the equity gaps in philanthropy, there is a significant lack of research on this topic,’ said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. ‘Most philanthropy data is in aggregate form; the Equitable Giving Lab will bring a more nuanced lens to this information.’

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