Research Reports

Research Shows Benefits of Diversity on Nonprofit Boards

Nonprofit boards that include a higher percentage of women tend to have board members who participate more in fundraising and advocacy. Members of these boards also tend to be more involved in the board’s work, new research released today shows.
These findings are just two of a number of results from the study, The Impact of Diversity: Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement, which can help board members and nonprofits strengthen their boards through diversity. The research was conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI in partnership with Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates and BoardSource.
The study examines the ways in which diversity is associated with board members’ engagement with the board. It also explores the relationship between a nonprofit’s characteristics—such as the age of the organization, level of revenue, and focus area (nonprofit subsector)—and the diversity of its board members, including their race, ethnicity, age, and gender. The report finds that both organizational characteristics and the diversity of the board affect levels of board engagement.
Learn more by downloading the full report.

Million Dollar Ready: Assessing the institutional factors that lead to transformational gifts

Million-dollar donations have the ability to transform higher education institutions. However, less than one in three degree granting higher education institutions in the U.S. received a publicly announced million-dollar donation from 2000 to 2012.


JGA is proud to announce that we have partnered with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy on new quantitative and qualitative research into the organizational- and board-level factors that influence success in obtaining million-dollar gifts.


We know there is no magic formula for receiving large gifts, other than perhaps listening to and building positive relationships with donors over time. But this report identifies, among other findings, that presidential tenure, board giving, rankings, and investments in faculty and staff are indicative of organizations that receive transformational gifts.


A special Implications section in the report provides institutions advice and takeaways to consider as they work to strengthen their ability to attract million-dollar donations.


Download the Executive Summary or the full Million Dollar Ready Report