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Tyrone McKinley Freeman is assistant professor of philanthropic studies and the director of undergraduate programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
His research focuses on African American philanthropy in historical and contemporary contexts, the history of philanthropy, and philanthropy and fundraising in higher education. He is the co-author of Race, Gender and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. His forthcoming book is entitled Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy during Jim Crow.
His writings have appeared in the HistPhil, Chronicle of Philanthropy, International Journal of Educational Advancement, Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 3rd and 4th Editions, and Advancing Philanthropy.
Previously, he served as a fundraiser for community development, youth social service and higher education organizations. He also served as the associate director of The Fund Raising School where he trained fundraising and nonprofit professionals across the United States and in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He earned a bachelor's degree in English/liberal arts from Lincoln University (PA), a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University, a master's degree in adult education from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.