Student Successes

Bill Cleveland

Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies

What degree are you working toward?

I am working toward a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies through the newly-named Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

I was attracted to the well-recognized Center on Philanthropy, which is a leader in the field of education in philanthropy and nonprofit education. Their Ph.D. in philanthropic studies is unique and offers a broad perspective in how donors, nonprofits, and ultimate beneficiaries interact in common human behavior. The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, and the center's research contributions—along with access to faculty at the School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)—provide substantial resources. The presence of the Lilly Library archives and the excellent Payton Library on campus also attracted my attention.

What’s been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

Two faith-based publications came out of my work with the Lake Institute, which I am very happy about. I also taught a course to Chinese students that resulted in several presentations and a paper. Mostly I'm excited about my current research about the largest fundraising organizations in the U.S., and how it positions me to make meaningful research contributions to the field.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

There is a lot going on culturally in Indianapolis. I am thrilled that my children have thrived in the Zionsville schools and excelled in their extracurriculars. It's also nice to to be close to family who lives here.