Dwight Burlingame is known as the resource about the impact of philanthropy on 21st century America. In fact, he and his colleagues wrote the book on the history of the field in America titled: Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. It is a three-volume overview of one of modern society's most compelling stories: the rise of nonprofits and philanthropy as a major force in shaping our world. In addition, his research has focused on the development of corporate citizenship.
Dr. Burlingame enjoys introducing younger students - from kindergarten through high school, such as those in elementary schools like St. Richard's School in downtown Indianapolis - to philanthropy. His education series, called "Learning to Give," helps students understand more about a field which plays a pivotal, though often overlooked, role in the day-to-day life of their neighborhoods and their communities.
Professor Burlingame's focus on philanthropy and its impact on communities is another excellent example of how IUPUI's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.
“We need to reject the naïve imposition of the ‘language of business’ on the social sectors, and instead jointly embrace a language of greatness.” (Collins, 2005, p. 2). This quote from Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, recognizes that the push by many for nonprofits to become more business like is wrong headed. Instead, the critical difference is what makes a nonprofit great--or for that matter, a business great. In
contrast to a business which uses financial returns as a measure of performance,
nonprofits assess success relative to mission, and further, relative to the resources that
they have to apply toward accomplishment of mission.
(The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994) Burlingame, Dwight F.
Reviews the growth and development of library fund raising within the context of library history and the development of contemporary philanthropy. Topics addressed include changing environments and the need for additional resources; the role of fund raising in a library's mission; effective leadership; and public relations.