Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy and the Associate Dean for Research and International Programs
Una Osili is the Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy and the Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at the 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 Global Philanthropy Tracker and the Global Philanthropy Environment Index, which are prominent sources of global development and social innovation data trends that collaborate with over 100 experts in 79 countries.
Osili has provided expert testimony at the Joint Economic Commission and United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee on philanthropy, international development, and the role of the public sector. She is a consultant with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and has worked on cross-sector initiatives on financial inclusion.
At IU, she leads the research and publication of Giving USA, the annual report on American philanthropy, and is the Founder of Generosity for Life, a digital platform providing new data tools for financial decision making in the area of philanthropy and social impact. She chairs the School’s signature research project, the Philanthropy Panel Study, the most comprehensive study of the generosity of American families over time.
Osili received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and her Master’s and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.