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David P. King

David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving as well as Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In 2022, he was affiliated with the University of Edinburgh as the Fulbright Scotland Distinguished Scholar for 2022. Trained as an American religious historian, his research interests broadly include exploring the practices of twentieth and twenty-first century American and global faith communities as well as more specifically investigating how the religious identity of faith-based nonprofits shapes their motivations, rhetoric, and practice. His first book, God’s Internationalists: World Vision and the Age of Evangelical Humanitarianism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) won the Peter Dobkin Hall Prize for the best book in the history of philanthropy. With Philip Goff, he is editing the forthcoming volume Religion and Philanthropy in the United States from Indiana University Press. As the Co-PI of the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices, (NSCEP), the largest nationally representative study of congregations’ finances, he is helping to build a new field of research on how religious and nonprofit organizations receive, manage, and spend resources. His current work focuses on helping to expand the critical study of philanthropy across multiple scholarly and practitioner oriented communities in order to develop shared conversations across cultures and countries on the role philanthropy plays in shaping the public good. He regularly contributes to national media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, National Public Radio’s Marketplace Report,Religion News Service, The Conversation, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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