Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy (Center on Philanthropy)

  Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs
  Professor of Philanthropic Studies
  Adjunct Professor of Sociology
  Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1974
  Nonprofit funding and management.
  Email: kgronbj @ (remove spaces)
  Phone: (812) 855-5971
  Fax: (812) 855-7802

Research Interests

KIRSTEN A. GRØNBJERG holds the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and is Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington, where she also serves as Chair of the Governance and Management Faculty Group. She is also Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has held faculty appointments at Loyola University Chicago (where she also served as chair of the Department of Sociology-Anthropology), the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Hofstra University. She has also served as a Faculty Associate of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. A native of Denmark, she earned an undergraduate degree in sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA., and MA and Ph.D. degrees in sociology at the University of Chicago.

Her interests focus on the structure of public and nonprofit human service systems and she is the author of a number of books, articles and reports on the nonprofit sector, nonprofit funding relations, and American welfare policies. She is currently working on a major project to examine the scope and community dimensions of the Indiana nonprofit sector (see and has also completed work on Chicago and Illinois nonprofits, most recently as director of the Illinois Nonprofit Sector Survey in collaboration with the Donors Forum of Chicago and the Center on Philanthropy (see Illionis Nonprofit Project). 

She has completed research on public-nonprofit funding relations in areas of interest to nonprofit organizations, how nonprofit organizations manage funding relations, the facility needs of nonprofit human service organizations, the structure of private child and youth service organizations, longitudinal changes in the grants and contract system of a large state human service agency, and public and philanthropic planning and funding structures in human services. She served as the Chicago Field Associate for the Urban Institute's Nonprofit Sector Project to examine the impact of the Reagan budget cuts on local communities and was one of the principal researchers on the Hardship and Support Systems in Chicago Project.

She received the 2005 Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action). Previous awards include the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Article of the Year 2000 Award from ARNOVA for "Philanthropic Funding of Human Services: Solving Ambiguity Through the Two-Stage Competitive Process.” by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg & Laura Martell, with Laurie Paarlberg, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 29 (No.1, Supplement): 9-40.  Another article, "Mapping Small Religious Nonprofit Organizations: An Illinois Profile" by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg and Sheila Nelson, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 27 (No. 1, March 1998): 13-31, received Honorary Mention for the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize. An 1996 article, “The United Way at the Crossroads: Community Planning and Allocation,” by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Lori Harmon, Aida Olkkonen, and Asif Raza, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 25 (No. 4, December):428-52, received Honorable Mention for the NVSQ Article of the Year 1997 from ARNOVA. Her 1993 book, Understanding Nonprofit Funding: Managing Revenues in Social Services and Community Development Organizations (Jossey-Bass) received the 1995 ARNOVA Outstanding Book Award.

She is a member of a number of research committees on philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, social policy, and needs assessment. She was the 2005 Program Chair for the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management and the 2007 Chair of the Division, and has also served on the Executive Council for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She is the Past-Copresident of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and has served on the Board of United Way of Chicago where she was coordinating chairperson for needs assessment for the Chicago area. She has also served on the Advisory Board forthe National Committee for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute, the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund at the Aspen Institute, the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, and the Roundtable on Religion and Social Policy at the Rockefeller Institute, SUNY-Albany

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