Peter Frumkin is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy. He is a Professor of Social Policy, and Faculty Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, both at the University of Pennsylvania. A Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy, his research and teaching focus on philanthropy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship.
Peter has written 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. His book, Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. Peter is the author of Building for the Arts (coauthored with Ana Kolenda; University of Chicago Press, 2014), which considers the management challenges associated with the recent cultural building boom in America. Peter's On Being Nonprofit (Harvard University Press. 2002) won the best book award from the Academy of Management's public and nonprofit section.
Prior to joining Penn, Peter was Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and served as a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Before academics, Peter worked as a foundation program officer, a nonprofit management and as a program evaluator in both nonprofit and public agencies. Peter received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.