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- Areas of Interest:
- Nonprofit and public sector relationships ,
- Scope and community dimensions of the Indiana nonprofit sector ,
- American welfare system, nonprofit funding relations, and nonprofit data sources
- Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1974
- M.A., University of Chicago, 1970
- B.A., Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, 1968
- Fund Development for Nonprofits
- Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
Dr. Kirsten Grønbjerg is a nationally recognized scholar on nonprofit and public sector relationships. She has been with O'Neill since 1997 and is also an adjunct professor in the Sociology Department. In addition, Grønbjerg holds the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, located at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where she is also professor of Philanthropic Studies.
For the last 17 years, Grønbjerg has directed a major project on the Indiana Nonprofit Sector: Scope and Community Dimensions which analyzes and disseminates information about Indiana nonprofits and their contributions to the state and local community to help community leaders and public policy makers develop effective and collaborative solutions to community needs.
Her other research and publications focus on nonprofit funding relations, nonprofit capacity, nonprofit data sources, and the American welfare system.
In 2016, Grønbjerg was named a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow. In 2005, she received the Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
She is active in public service as a member of the Giving USA Advisory Council for Methodology since 2000, a member of the International Reference Group for a major project on Danish Voluntary Work, a member of the Community Planning and Research Committee of the United Way of Central Indiana, and a member of the Board of United Way of Monroe County.
- Distinguished Professor, 2019
- Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration 2016
- 2013 Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award
- Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, 2005. Awarded by Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Washington, D.C., November 18.
- Outstanding Article Award 2001, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
- Founding Faculty Chair, Governance and Management Faculty, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University.
- O'Neill Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, 2015-2018; SPEA Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 1997-2001; Interim Dean, July 1-September 30, 2000
In the News
- “Arts and culture nonprofits in Indiana face unique challenges” – Herald Times, November 10, 2018
- “Young or old, the bills add up” – Jackson Hole News & Guide, September 13, 2017
- “So you want to donate to a charity? Finding a responsible one in Virginia can be daunting” – Virginian Pilot, December 31, 2016
- “Tax-exempt groups a revenue option for local governmental units?” – Herald Times, May 31, 2016.
- “Are Membership Organizations in Post-Recession Decline?” - Nonprofit Quarterly, May 1, 2014
- “Introduction to Special Issue of NVSQ: Nonprofits and Public Policy,”(with Steven Rathgeb Smith), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 47(4 supplement):5S-10S (July 18, 2018)
- “Advances in Research on Nonprofit Advocacy and Civic Engagement,” (with A. Prakash), Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 28(3): 877-887 (June 2017)
- “Local Officials ‘Support for PILOTs/SILOTs: Nonprofit Engagement, Economic Stress, and Politics,’” (with Kellie McGiverin-Bohan, Lauren Dula, and Rachel Miller), Public Administration Review (PAR), (2016)
- “Fundraising,” The Encyclopedia of Social Work, Twenty-first Edition, (T. Mizrahi and L. E. Davis, Eds.). New York: Oxford University Press (2013)
- “Devolution, marketization, and the changing shape of government-nonprofit relations (Chapter 15),” State of Nonprofit America (2nd edition), (L. M. Salamon, Ed.). Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, (2012)
- “Introduction to Virtual Issue: Nonprofit Organizations,” Public Administration Review (2011)
- “Incorporated but not IRS-registered: Exploring the (dark) grey fringes of the nonprofit universe,” (with H. K. Liu and T. Pollak), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 39(5): 925-45 (2010)
- “The U.S. Nonprofit Human Service Sector: A Creeping Revolution (Chapter 5),” in Human Services as Complex Organizations, 2nd edition, (Y. Hasenfeld, Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 2009. Reprinted from Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly30(2): 276-297 (2001)
- “Philanthropic Funding of Human Services: Solving Ambiguity Through the Two-Stage Competitive Process” (with L. Martell and L. Paarlberg), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 29 (1S): 9-40 (2000)
- Understanding Nonprofit Funding: Managing Revenues in Social Service and Community Development Organizations, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers (1993)