Brief Overview of the Collection
The philanthropic studies collection, developed under the guidance of Janet S. Huettner, was funded with a substantial grant from the Lilly Endowment from 1987 to 1997. Collection development mirrored the growth of the Center on Philanthropy and the development of the Master in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management concentration and the Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies programs at IUPUI. In 1993, Robert L. and Pauline S. Payton provided funds to establish the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library in a unique space within University Library. Since the dedication of the original facility, the collection has more than doubled in size. In April of 1999, the collection relocated to an area with shelf space for 50,000 books on the second floor of University Library. Robert and Pauline Payton, the Indianapolis Foundation, and Indiana University provided funding for the renovation of the space.
With the expansion of the academic programs to include the Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Philanthropic Studies, collection development has adjusted to meet the needs of these curricula.