• Ph.D. in sociology, University of Chicago, 1997; M.P.P., Georgetown University, 1989; B.A., Oberlin College, 1984

Peter Frumkin is 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. His research and teaching focus on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

Frumkin is the author of numerous articles on all aspects of philanthropy. He has lectured on philanthropy at meetings of grantmakers across the country and served as a consultant to foundations and individual donors on strategy and evaluation. His book, Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. It has been touted by reviewers as the “benchmark text for the field” and “the most penetrating exploration of contemporary philanthropy now available.”

Frumkin is the author of On Being Nonprofit (Harvard University Press, 2002). This book considers the changing roles and responsibilities of nonprofit organizations in American democracy and the evolution of public policies shaping the sector’s growth.

In 2010, two new books by Frumkin appeared. Serving Country and Community, co-authored with JoAnn Jastrzab and published by Harvard University Press, examines the effectiveness of the national service programs AmeriCorps and VISTA. The Essence of Strategic Giving: A Practical Guide for Donors and Fundraisers (University of Chicago Press) is a revised and condensed version of his earlier book aimed at the world of practice.  

Media Expertise
  • Non-Profit Management and Governance
  • Public management
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Philanthrophy
  • Service Contracting