Understanding Why People Give
My career in philanthropy began with a position at the University of Louisville. That position was followed by stints at Florida International University, University of Charleston and Butler University. The main reason I worked at these universities was to constantly learn about my profession. I was fortunate to have access to a variety of materials, but my total joy was listening to fresh research on aspects of philanthropy presented in a lecture context.
I was blessed to attend the recent 12th Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture titled "The Generosity Equation: Donors, Faith, and Avenues to Giving," presented by Christian Smith, Ph.D., a William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology plus director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.
The Thomas H. Lake Lecture was sponsored by the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. The Lake Institute was created by the legacy gift of Tom and Marjorie Lake, their daughter Karen Lake Buttrey, and the Lilly Endowment in Indianapolis. The institute specifically provides the community with the opportunity to understand how faith inspires and informs giving through research, education and training.
Statistically, more than one-third of all charitable dollars given annually in the United States is directed to religion, and research indicates that faith practitioners are the country's most generous donors. The Lake Institute helps clergy and lay leaders, for example, discern the religious dimensions of their giving. It is an important component of the nationally known Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of philanthropy.
The director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving is David P. King, Ph.D., an ordained minister who believes in the concept of blending theory and practice for complete understanding of philanthropy in society. King introduced Smith and led a panel discussion at the end of the lecture.
Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Duke at email@example.com or 317-224-1029.