Program Resource

Learning to Give Time, Talent, and Treasure

Publication date: 
May, 2018
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Young people are passionate about issues they care about. Yet, developing the skills to find solutions and create dialogue takes guidance and practice to be successful. Join us to learn ways you can help empower these students as citizens. Staff and faculty from Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Learning to Give, and Grand Valley State University will share their solutions for engaging students in taking action for the common good.


Dwight Burlingame
Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy and Professor of Philanthropic Studies, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Dwight holds degrees from Moorhead State University, the University of Illinois and Florida State University. He received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1989. He is an active member of the AFP Research Council, ARNOVA, and ISTR (International Society for Third Sector Research). He completed a 6-year term in 2010 as editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ). He is co-editor of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies book series for the Indiana University Press. In 2013 he received the Rosso Medal for lifetime achievement in ethical fundraising. He has been an advocate of youth and philanthropy, recently completing many years as a board member of Learning To Give. Dr. Burlingame is active in the non-profit community as a board member and volunteer, a frequent speaker and author on topics relating to philanthropy, corporate citizenship, non-profit organizations, libraries, development and philanthropic education.

Betsy Peterson
Executive Director, Learning to Give

Betsy started her career as an elementary teacher, then served as product development director with a national educational publisher and as a freelance author/editor, always active with piloting and writing curriculum and leading other teachers through curricular change. Betsy started at Learning to Give 16 years ago as a consultant and has served as an editor, writer, director of curriculum, and executive director.

Learning to Give provides resources and professional development so K-12 educators can empower students as citizens who have knowledge, skills, empathy, and practice to seek dialogue around and solutions to the issues they observe and care about. Check out Learning to Give’s website and these resources discussed in the webinar: film activities and white papers. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @learningtogive

Sal Alaimo
Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management, Grand Valley State University

Dr. Alaimo teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Grand Valley State University in nonprofit administration. His research interests are evaluation, volunteer management and contract management. He produced a documentary entitled “What is Philanthropy?” that enhances our understanding of the concept of philanthropy and its role in American society. Sal previously taught nonprofit management courses as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University and IUPUI. He has nine years’ experience working at nonprofit organizations including the United Way and the Girl Scouts, and has also consulted ten years for nonprofits including the National Benevolent Association, the University of Georgia, Georgia Ballet, International Rescue Committee, United Way, and Latin American Association among others. Alaimo earned his Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University and his Master’s degree in Urban Studies at Georgia State University.

Dana R.H. Doan
Doctoral Student, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Dana is a doctoral student at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She moved to Vietnam in 2002, working as a staff, consultant, and board member to a number of not-for-profit organizations focusing on international relations and community development. In 2009, she founded and became Strategic Advisor to the LIN Center for Community Development, a community philanthropy organization based in Ho Chi Minh City. Before moving to Vietnam, Dana worked in the fields of community development, international economic development, and international relations in the USA and Latin America. Dana received her B.A. in History from Northwestern University, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a Certificate in Grantmaking and Foundations from the NYU School for Continuing and Professional Studies, and a Certificate in Leadership, Organizing and Action from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, she was awarded a CSIP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.