Michael Moody, Ph.D.

Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy

Philanthropy affects all of our lives in profound ways, yet we don’t know nearly enough about it.” – Michael Moody

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Michael Moody joined the Johnson Center in 2010 as the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, the world’s first endowed chair for family philanthropy. In this role, Michael pursues a comprehensive, international program of applied research, training, and other activities to lift up family philanthropy.

Trained as a cultural sociologist, Michael has served as an accessible guide to the rapidly evolving and complex world of philanthropy and social innovation for over 30 years, helping diverse audiences see the vital role that giving plays in society and in their own lives.

Michael is co-author of the books Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission, The Philanthropy Reader, and Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving, as well as a variety of other publications. Michael is a frequent speaker at venues across the U.S. and worldwide, and a sought-after commentator on philanthropic trends and research. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and elsewhere.

Previously, Michael was one of the first employees of Indiana University’s renowned Center on Philanthropy, held faculty positions at Boston University and the University of Southern California, and ran Moody Philanthropic Consulting. Michael holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Chicago, and a doctorate in sociology from Princeton.

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Tue July 19
To help you navigate the complex philanthropic landscape, Michael Moody highlights four simple yet key distinctions in the field.
Tue February 1
Michael Moody shares a list of potentially harmful philanthropic practices in the hopes that it sparks further reflection and awareness in the field.
Tue January 18
The number of U.S. households giving financially to charity dropped below 50% for the first time in 2018. The decrease has raised alarm bells across the sector and is prompting efforts to understand and reverse the trend.