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Indiana Authors Awards Honoree

Tyrone McKinley Freeman

2022 Debut Shortlist

Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D., is the grandson, son, nephew and cousin of African American Baptist preachers and First Ladies. His experiences growing up in the Black Church influence his storytelling and writings about the history of African American philanthropy. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI where he writes about the history of philanthropy, African American philanthropy, and philanthropy and higher education. 

Previously, Tyrone was a professional fundraiser in community development, youth and family social services, and higher education organizations in central Indiana. He was also Associate Director of The Fund Raising School where he trained nonprofit leaders in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Tyrone grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and is a proud graduate of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). He earned a B.A. in English/Liberal Arts from Lincoln University (PA), a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University, an M.S. in Adult Education, and a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, Michelle; their two children, Alexander and Olivia; and their two dogs, Oscar and Callie.  

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