Areas to Support

Philanthropic support helps the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs go from good to great. Tuition and state funding make the classroom experience possible, but our community of donors help expose students to outside speakers who are leaders in their fields, offer students opportunities to attend conferences valuable for their professional networking, make the educational experience affordable for students of all backgrounds, and so much more.

You can be a part of securing a world-class education for students who wish to lead for the greater good. Keep reading below to find O’Neill School funds in need of support.

Highlighted opportunities

The Neil Nielsen Fund

The Local Government Management (LGM) concentration emphasizes a broad set of skills, including management and delivery of municipal services, values and ethics, human resource management, policy analysis, and much more. A key experience we want every LGM student to have is attending the annual International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference. Your contribution to the Neil Nielsen Fund, named for a beloved professor at the O’Neill School, provides general support to the Local Government Management concentration, including travel expenses, scholarships for professional development opportunities such as ICMA, and more.

Scholarship Support

Carly Nicholson, MPA-MSES’19, is one of hundreds of O’Neill students who arrive at the O’Neill School annually eager to commit themselves to the greater good. Support leaders like Nicholson with a gift to a scholarship fund that matters to you.

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Advance the IU Debate Team

College debate is an activity that stays with you for life. Your gift to the IU Debate Team Fund supports a wide range of needs for the team, including travel expenses and scholarships for the next generation of debaters.

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Washington Leadership Program

The Washington Leadership Program Fund supports undergraduate students studying and interning in Washington, D.C., for a full semester. Make a gift today to help cover program expenses for this transformational life experience.

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Questions? Contact me for assistance

Lori Garraghty
Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations
(812) 855-6802

Additional opportunities

O’Neill Bloomington Scholarship Fund

Donations support scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students on the O’Neill Bloomington campus.

Washington Leadership Program Scholarship Fund

Support educational and enrichment activities for O’Neill undergraduate students participating in the Washington Leadership Program in Washington, DC through scholarship funding.

O’Neill Fellowship in Nonprofit Management

Support graduate students pursuing studies in nonprofit management to make their education more affordable.

Daniel E Willard Fellowship in Wetlands Research

Your donation supports students pursuing wetlands research at O’Neill.

O’Neill Excellence Fellowships

Advance the academic careers of promising graduate students with a gift to the O’Neill Excellence Fellowships Fund.

Bonser Fund

Established by founding SPEA Dean Charles Bonser, the Bonser Fund provides scholarship support for graduate or undergraduate students.

O’Neill Bloomington Scholarship Fund

Donations support scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students on the O’Neill Bloomington campus.

Greater Good Internship Fund

Support graduate students pursuing unpaid or minimally paid internships during their time at O’Neill.


Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center Fund

Support educational and enrichment activities for undergraduate students participating in the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center, including their annual trip to Washington, D.C.


Master of Public Affairs Program Fund

Your gift to the O’Neill MPA Program Fund allows O’Neill to support activities specific to MPA students.

O’Neill Capstone Support Fund

Capstones are the culmination of the O’Neill MPA/MSES curriculum and require in-depth work with a client organization. The Capstone Support Fund provides financial support for student travel and other expenses associated with client work.

O’Neill Nonprofit Management Experiential Learning Fund

Your donation makes it possible for nonprofit management students to get more experience in the field with actual practitioners!

Environmental Science Research Fund

Your donation supports all aspects of environmental science research, including but not limited to faculty and student stipends and travel, research equipment, and supplies.

O’Neill General Fund

Support O’Neill’s most pressing needs, including scholarships, career development panels and workshops, guest speakers, and more. Your gift to the general fund allows O’Neill the greatest flexibility to support students. 

Integrated Program in the Environment Fund

Support activities for students pursuing degrees that bridge the study of sustainability and the environment with the arts, humanities, social sciences, and the physical and life sciences.

Paul H. O’Neill Graduate Center Fund

Support the capital needs of the new Paul O’Neill Graduate Center.

Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program Fund

Your donation advances activities related to students pursuing the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate at O’Neill/Kelley.