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Payton honored for study

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Robert L. Payton, a lifelong student of philanthropy and the first full-time director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, will receive the 2003 John W. Gardner Leadership Award presented by Independent Sector.

Payton, who since the 1980s has championed the scholarly study of nonprofits and the creation of academic centers at U.S. colleges and universities, was cited for his effort to increase understanding of the principles, ethics and professional practice of philanthropy.

The study of “philanthropics” now is offered at nearly 50 research centers, while an estimated 500 colleges offer coursework on nonprofits, 250 universities offer degree programs and up to 50 graduate schools of business and schools of public administration offer degree concentrations in nonprofit management, Independent Sector says.

“Bob Payton’s work was seminal in the study of philanthropy,” Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, says in a statement. “Through his legendary efforts, we now have rigorous education programs and research in philanthropy and nonprofit management in the United States and around the world.”

The Gardner award, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundations, is named for the founding chairperson and chairperson emeritus of Independent Sector.

It will be presented Nov. 3 during Independent Sector’s annual conference in San Francisco.

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