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IU experts available to comment on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on religious, nonprofit and volunteer organizations

April 21, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- With the need for physical distancing greatly altering face-to-face interactions, nonprofits, volunteer and political organizations, and religious congregations are trying to find a way to continue their work, maintain their membership and keep existing members committed to their missions. With unemployment on the rise, individuals across the country have tighter budgets, and dues and donations are likely on the chopping block. At the same time, charitable donations are on the rise. How are nonprofits and civic and faith-based organizations responding to these challenges? Which organizations will feel the most impact? How will they be able to continue providing vital services, and what resources are available to help them weather the coronavirus pandemic? Indiana University has experts available to discuss these issues. For more information, contact Mary Keck at 812-856-2148 or marykeck@iu.edu.

Matthew Baggetta

Civil society, voluntary associations, civic engagement, social capital.

IU Bloomington

Email: baggettm@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Matthew Baggetta, an associate professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is an expert on civil society and voluntary associations. His research interests include civil society and civic engagement, membership-based organizations,and social movements. Baggetta’s work focuses on the impacts of voluntary associations on their members and the broader impacts of associations and movements on society. (more)

Brad R. Fulton

Nonprofit organizations and management, leadership, social movements, advocacy, diversity, quantitative methods.

IU Bloomington

Email: fulton@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Assistant professor Brad Fulton’s research examines the consequences of social diversity within community-based organizations. In particular, he explains how internally diverse organizations manage social differences and how they can leverage those differences to increase their effectiveness. (more)

Shandy Dearth

Epidemiology, infectious diseases, infectious disease surveillance, emergency preparedness planning and response, public health informatics.

IUPUI

Email: sdearth@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Shandy Dearth has spent most of her career focusing on infectious disease surveillance, emergency preparedness planning and response, and public health informatics. Before joining the Fairbanks School of Public Health, she was the director of an international public health association that brought together public health practitioners and public health researchers who focused on health data surveillance projects. (more)

Jamie Levine Daniel

Nonprofit management, organizational capacity, nonprofit roles, nonprofit earned revenue, competitive giving.

IUPUI

Email: jlevined@iupui.edu

Expert Bio

Jamie Levine Daniel is an assistant professor of nonprofit management at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. She earned her doctorate in public policy and management from Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Her research interests include nonprofit finance, nonprofit management, capacity and organizational identity. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she holds a B.A. from American University and an MBA from Ohio State University. She spent five years working for BBYO Inc.’s international office and served as a JDC Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Turkey before beginning her graduate studies. (more)

Laurie Paarlberg

Community philanthropy, United Ways, community foundations.

IUPUI

Email: lpaarlbe@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Laurie E. Paarlberg is a professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is also a professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. She currently serves as the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations. Her nonprofit research focuses on the changing nature of community philanthropy, with a particular focus on strategic shifts in grant-making by local United Ways and community foundations. With changing demographics in local communities, she is also interested in issues of equity and diversity in grant-making and the rural/urban divide. Paarlberg's publications include numerous articles in refereed nonprofit and public affairs journals. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. (more)

David King

Religious congregations and charitable giving; faith-based organizations; international relief and development; faith, philanthrop, and the common good.

IUPUI

Email: kingdp@iupui.edu

Expert Bio

David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving and assistant professor of philanthropic studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He is an expert on religious organizations, having conducted the largest survey of congregations' economic practices in over a generation. (more)

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