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Peter Frumkin is a professor and published author whose research and teaching are focused in the areas of philanthropy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship.


Professional lifeEdit

Frumkin currently is the Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. There he directs the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program and serves as faculty director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Frumkin was once a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and associate professor at Harvard University’s School of Government. He then became Professor of Public Affairs and served as the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service located in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.[1]

He has served as a strategy and evaluation consultant to donors and foundations, and also has experience as a foundation program officer, public and nonprofit agency program evaluator, and a nonprofit manager.[2]


Frumkin has authored several books and articles on all aspects of philanthropy and topics related to nonprofit management, grant-making strategy, social entrepreneurship, national service programs, and service contracting.

Key Publications:

  • Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities, University of Chicago Press, 2014, Co-author with Ana Kolendo[3]
  • Serving Country and Community, Harvard University Press, 2010, Co-author with JoAnn Jastrzab[4]
  • The Essence of Strategic Giving, University of Chicago Press, 2010[5]
  • Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, University of Chicago, 2006[6]
  • On Being Nonprofit: A Conceptual and Policy Primer, Harvard University Press, 2002[7]


  • 2007 John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement, Outstanding Published Scholarship for Strategic Giving[8]
  • 2007 ARNOVA Outstanding Book in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research Honorable Mention for Strategic Giving[9]
  • 2005 Best Book Award, Sponsored by the Academy of Management, Public and Nonprofit Division for On Being Nonprofit[7]
  • 2004 Marshall E. Dimock Award from the American Society of Public Administration for Best Article in Public Administrative Review for "Reengineering Nonprofit Financial Accountability" with Elizabeth Keating[10]



  1. ^ "Peter J. Frumkin, Ph.D. | RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  2. ^ "Frumkin, Peter | Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs". Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  3. ^ "Building for the Arts - Peter Frumkin, Ana Kolendo - University of Chicago Press". Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  4. ^ "Serving Country and Community - Peter Frumkin, JoAnn Jastrzab - Harvard University Press". Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  5. ^ "Peter Frumkin: The Essence of Strategic Giving". Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  6. ^ "Peter Frumkin: Strategic Giving". Retrieved 2010-12-11.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "On Being Nonprofit - Peter Frumkin - Harvard University Press". Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  8. ^ "The John Grenzebach Awards for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement". CASE. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  9. ^ "ARNOVA". ARNOVA. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  10. ^ "Public Administration Review (PAR) Awards". Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2010-12-11.

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