Peter J. Frumkin, Ph.D.
(Former) Director and Professor of Public Affairs
Peter Frumkin has accepted an appointment as professor of social policy at the University of Pennsylvania. View a farewell note from Dr. Frumkin here.
Peter Frumkin is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus on nonprofit management, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, national service, and program evaluation.
Dr. Frumkin publishes articles on all aspects of philanthropy, including the formulation of grantmaking strategy, the changing profile of major individual donors, theories of philanthropic leverage, the professionalization movement within foundations, and other topics. He lectures on philanthropy at grantmaker meetings across the country and serves as a consultant to foundations and individual donors on strategy and evaluation.
Dr. Frumkin is the author of Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy (University Of Chicago Press, 2006) and On Being Nonprofit (Harvard University Press, 2002). He is the co-editor of In Search of the Nonprofit Sector (Transaction, 2004), which examines the blurring boundaries between government, business and nonprofit sectors. In his new book, Serving Country and Community, Dr. Frumkin and JoAnn Jastrzab examine the effectiveness of national service programs and offer ideas for improving the performance of AmeriCorps and VISTA.
Currently, Dr. Frumkin is currently working on a study of the recent building boom in the cultural sector in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. The project is funded by the Mellon, MacArthur, and Kresge foundations and seeks to examine how key decisions are made during the planning and execution of new constructions of museums, theaters, and performing arts centers as well as what factors influence the projects' degree of success.
Prior to coming to the LBJ School, Dr. Frumkin was an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was affiliated with the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He worked as a foundation program officer, a nonprofit manager, and as a program evaluator in both nonprofit and public agencies. Dr. Frumkin received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.
"The Strategic Management of Charter Schools: Frameworks and Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs." by Peter Frumkin, Bruno V. Manno, Nell Edgington and Frederick M. Hess. Harvard Educational Press, Sep 30, 2011.
"Building Volunteer Capacity: The Drivers of Successful Corporate and Service Partnerships at City Year." In Gifts of Time and Money in America's Communities, ed. by Arthur C. Brooks, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 33-58, 2005 (with Lazar Treschan).
"Managing Mission and Margin: Nonprofit Competitive Strategy in Donation and Fee-Based Markets." Administration and Society 35 (5) 2003:564-596 (with Carol Chetkovich).
"The Strategic Management of Charter Schools." (Annie E. Casey Foundation 2003).
"Why Programs Get Replicated." Nonprofit Quarterly Fall 2004: 46-59 (with David Reingold).
The Essence of Strategic Giving, University of Chicago Press 2010
"Wielding Philanthropic Power Responsibly: The Problem of Legitimacy" In Giving Well, Doing Good, ed. by Amy A. Kass, Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, pp. 321-324, 2007.
"The Strategy of Philanthropy." In Chronicle of Philanthropy (opinion section), Sept. 28, 2006:69-71
Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy. University of Chicago Press, Sept. 2006.
"Strategic Giving and Public School Reform: Three Challenges." In With the Best of Intentions, ed. by Frederick M. Hess, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, pp. 275-294, 2005.
"American Foundation and Overseas Funding: New Challenges in an Era of Globalization." In Globalization, Philanthropy and Civil Society, ed. by Soma Hewa and Darwin H. Stapleton, New York: Springer, pp. 99-116, 2005.
"Sooner or Later? The Foundation Payout Puzzle." In Beyond Good Intentions, ed. by William Damon and Susan Verducci, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (with Akash Deep, forthcoming).
"Charity and Philanthropy after September 11th." In In Search of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, ed. by Peter Frumkin and Jonathan B. Imber, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2004.
"Inside Venture Philanthropy." In In Search of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, ed. by Peter Frumkin and Jonathan B. Imber, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2004.
Nonprofits, Public Policy, and Inter-sector Relations
Serving Country and Community, Harvard University Press 2010, Co-author with JoAnn Jastrzab
On Being Nonprofit: A Conceptual and Policy Primer. Harvard University Press, 2002. Winner of the Best Book Award from the Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division.
"National Service in Theory and Practice." In In Search of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, ed. by Peter Frumkin and Jonathan B. Imber, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2004.
"Reengineering Nonprofit Financial Accountability." Public Administration Review 63 (1) 2003: 3-15 (with Elizabeth Keating). Winner of the Marshall E. Dimock Award from the American Society of Public Administration for Best Article in PAR during the volume year.
"Managing the Ecology of Nonprofit and For-Profit Human Service Providers." In Market Based Governance, ed. by John D. Donahue and Joseph S. Nye, Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 2002.