Diversity and Philanthropy
Expanding the Circle of Giving
by Lilya Wagner, EdD, CFRE
March 2016, 273pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4044-9
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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Leaders of nonprofit organizations in North America need an up-to-date resource that defines how the multicultural contexts and diverse backgrounds of their constituents affect their giving to the organization. This book is that resource.

A "one size fits all" strategy is not effective when it comes to philanthropy and fundraising in today's diversified environment. This book enables nonprofit leaders, board members, staff, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations to better reach diverse populations and incorporate perspectives that increase success by surveying the cultural context for philanthropic action.

Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving is a concise, accessible, and research-backed resource that explains the traditions of philanthropy—an invaluable tool given the proliferation of global nongovernmental organizations that affect every aspect of society in every country. Author Lilya Wagner has worked across the globe as fundraising and nonprofit organizations proliferated in the last 25 years. This book is an outgrowth of her extensive research as well as an accumulation of her professional interactions in the field and real-world knowledge.

The book begins with an overview of culture and its influence on generosity and then examines the global increase of attention on diversity in giving. Chapters address specific cultural and ethnic groups; the traditions of their countries of origin; what influences their giving in North America; and characteristics that are inherent in culture, such as religion and attitudes about family. The book concludes with an insightful discussion of how to be a culturally proficient professional. An extensive listing of resources—including research on various aspects and angles of the topic, and surveys on giving both in North America and globally—makes it easy for those who want to pursue related topics in more detail.


  • Brings together a breadth of information on the cultural effects on philanthropy and fundraising in an approachable, practical, and readable manner—all in a single-volume resource
  • Provides invaluable information for anyone seeking to be culturally proficient in his or her practice, such as leaders of nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations, board members who grasp the diversity of their client groups' relationship to the organizations, and fundraising professionals
  • Includes vignettes provided by experts and professionals from several countries that diversify the perspectives presented
  • Supplies sidebars in each chapter that contain more personal opinions on philanthropy and fundraising that lend a real-life dimension to the book
Lilya Wagner, EdD, CFRE, is director of Philanthropic Service for Institutions and is on the faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University as well as St. Mary's University. Previously, she was vice president for philanthropy at Counterpart International in Washington, DC, an international development organization. During 14 years of association with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Wagner served as associate director of The Fund Raising School and director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute. She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter in North America as well as internationally. Her published writings include articles and book chapters on philanthropy, fundraising, and the nonprofit sector. Wagner received a doctorate in education from the University of Florida in Gainesville and holds master's degrees in journalism as well as in music.


AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize—The Association of Fundrasing Professionals, April 25, 2017
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