Lake Institute on Faith & Giving fosters a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationship between faith and giving, through research education, and public conversation.

Studying, teaching, and understanding religious motivations for giving allows for more effective fundraising and outreach across the nonprofit sector. We pair groundbreaking research with on-the-ground knowledge of religious traditions, helping practitioners translate an understanding of statistics and trends into practical tools and strategies.

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Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

A four-day intensive course with a practical application project that provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraiser of faith-based organizations.

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Other Educational Offerings

Lake Institute partners with organizations throughout the country and the world to provide webinars, conferences, and workshops.

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Cultivating Generous Congregations

This seminar, designed for congregational teams, examines key concepts to shape a comprehensive development strategy by exploring significant and necessary steps to create lasting cultural change within a congregation.

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Customized Training

We welcome a conversation on building an educational experience specifically designed to meet the needs of your group.

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Insights is a bi-weekly e-newsletter for the religious community and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. Articles include reflections on important development in the field of faith and fundraising, recommended books, studies and articles, and information about important upcoming events.

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Annual Programs

Lake Institute engages faith leaders, scholars, students, and the local community on topics of faith and giving through two annual public programs: the Thomas H. Lake Lecture and the Lake Distinguished Visitor Program. Noteworthy scholars and practitioners are invited to share their research, professional expertise, and personal giving stories.

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Improving Philanthropy to Improve the World

The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is globally recognized as the first of its kind. School faculty and staff trainer and empower students and practitioners to innovate and lead—and to create positive and lasting change in the world.

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