Data Science Now 2023 Keynote Speaker

The Power of Data to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy

Dr. Una Osili, Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy and Economics and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Data can help philanthropists, fundraisers and nonprofit leaders work on a larger scale than ever before, be more efficient and transparent, address equity issues, and solve problems more effectively. It can also advance the goals of donors and communities, providing insights into gaps and emerging issues. As we consider trends in philanthropy in our communities, one thing is clear: the philanthropic landscape continues to be both complex and rapidly changing. Economic factors, social values, the impact of changing demographics, and the rapid rise of technology use all play a central role. What are the key opportunities and limitations facing data use in philanthropy? How are nonprofits evolving to meet these needs? How can data help nonprofits engage donors of different backgrounds? How can nonprofits reach young donors now and in the future? Who is giving, and who is getting? This insightful keynote by Dr. Una Osili will address these questions and more.

About Dr. Una Osili

Una Osili serves as the Efroymson chair in philanthropy and economics and associate dean for research and international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world’s first school dedicated to the study of philanthropy. She also serves as dean’s fellow for the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy.

An internationally recognized scholar in economics, Osili leads the research and publication of the Global Philanthropy Tracker and the Global Philanthropy Environment Index, as well as Giving USA, the annual report on American philanthropy. She is the founder of Generosity for Life, a digital platform, and chairs the school's signature research project, the Philanthropy Panel Study — the most comprehensive study of the generosity of American families over time.

Osili has provided expert testimony to the Senate Finance Committee, the Joint Economic Commission and the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee on philanthropy and international development.

Osili received her bachelor’s in economics from Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.