Research

My research focuses on understanding how social contexts influence motivations and decision-making for donors, fundraisers, and philanthropic advisors. Below is a list of selected work published within the areas of women’s philanthropy, fundraising and philanthropic advising, philanthropic communication, and nonprofit pedagogy.


Women’s Philanthropy

Charitable giving in married couples: Untangling the effects of education and income on spouses’ giving. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (2021).

The million-dollar donor journey: Stages of development for high-net-worth women donors. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing (2020).

Giving by and for women: Understanding high-net-worth donors’ support for women and girls. Women’s Philanthropy Institute, IU ScholarWorks (2018).

How women and men give around retirement. Women’s Philanthropy Institute, IUPUI ScholarWorks (2018).

in Preparation or Under Review

The unexpected activist: Catholic women’s support for pro-choice organizations.

Philanthropic priorities during crisis: Pro-choice donors’ decision-making during 2020.


Fundraising & Philanthropic Advising

Fundraisers at small nonprofits need more support. Peer mentoring is an easy, low-cost answer. The Chronicle of Philanthropy (2021).

Breaking the isolation: fundraisers, informal support groups, and professional growth. IUScholarWorks (2018).

Perspectives on an old narrative about the fundraising profession. Fresh perspectives from the world of philanthropy (2019).

Giving to religion. In Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016.

Giving to human services. In Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015.

in Preparation or Under Review

Philanthropic advisors in the 21st century: A look at the holders of the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation.


Philanthropic Communication

Reading Between the Lines: Social Contextual Influences on the Production of and Response to Charitable Appeals. Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (2021).

Writing Compelling Appeals. In Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 5th Edition. John Wiley & Sons. (forthcoming).

in Preparation or Under Review

Fundraiser fit: How teamwork and work preference affect the writing of appeals.

Social message framing: Self presentational motives affect preferential use of gain- and loss-framed statements in interpersonal communication.

“Theories of Public Relations Applied to Nonprofits.” In Nonprofit Public Relations: A Critical Approach. Dolch, N., Carpenter, H., Mirabella, R., Wise, H. (Eds.). Sagamore Publishing.


Teaching Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies

Mindfulness as a foundation for reflection: Applying principles from Dialectical Behavior Training to service-learning instruction. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (2020).

Teaching Philanthropy: Developing Critical and Compassionate Approaches to Giving. In Teaching Nonprofit Management. Edward Elgar Publishing (2020).