Osili Named Research Director for Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
INDIANAPOLIS, October 20, 2009 — International scholar Dr. Una Okonkwo Osili has been named director of research for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Patrick M. Rooney, executive director of the Center, announced today.
Osili, who succeeds Rooney as research director, has served as interim director of research at the Center since October 15, 2008. She will develop new research initiatives, convene scholars and nonprofit professionals nationally and internationally, direct the Center’s research department, and serve as lead researcher on several research projects.
“Research is the core of everything the Center on Philanthropy does to improve the understanding and practice of philanthropy, including our academic and training programs, and in today’s rapidly changing philanthropic environment, research is more vital than ever,” Rooney said. “Una Osili is exceptionally well qualified to guide the Center’s research and to strengthen philanthropy research in the U.S. and abroad.”
“Una is an internationally respected economist in the field of Philanthropic Studies with impeccable academic credentials, expertise in conducting research on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and a proven track record of securing external funding for research grants and contracts,” Rooney continued. “I am pleased that she will apply her knowledge and talents to benefit the Center and philanthropy.”
Osili’s vision for the Center’s research program includes disseminating research to scholars and nonprofit professionals, building knowledge about how philanthropy varies in diverse communities, and strengthening research networks in the U.S. and internationally to help meet growing demand for knowledge about philanthropy.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Center’s research team,” Osili said. “Interest in civic engagement, philanthropy and the role of civil society is rising globally. The Center’s research is an important resource for nonprofits, volunteers, donors and policymakers in the U.S. and internationally, informing and enhancing the work of the nonprofit sector.”