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Timothy L. Seiler, CFRE, BA, MA, PhD
Director, The Fund Raising School and Public Service

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
719 Indiana Avenue, Suite 202
Indianapolis IN  46202-3272

Phone: (317) 278-8937          
Facsimile: (317) 684-8939

Tom Seiler 

Tim Seiler is director of Public Service and The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and is also assistant professor of philanthropic studies in the graduate program. Dr. Seiler is an alumnus of The Fund Raising School and has been a faculty member since 1986 and the director since 1994. He was also involved with the establishment of the Center on Philanthropy through serving on the Policy Advisory Committee.

Formerly vice president of the Indiana University Foundation, Dr. Seiler was a major gifts officer for university development. As director of the foundation’s Indianapolis office, he coordinated the constituency development program for the schools and programs on the Indianapolis campus. He also led the comprehensive fundraising program for the Indianapolis campus, which included staff for corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, planned giving, annual fund, prospect research, donor relations, and stewardship.

Tim teaches core curriculum courses and customized contract programs for The Fund Raising School and regularly makes conference and seminar presentations nationally and internationally for the School and the Center. He is an author and editor of fundraising publications and was editor-in-chief of the Excellence in Fundraising Workbook Series and author of the workbook Developing Your Case for Support.  

Dr Seiler also teaches in the graduate program in philanthropic studies, and in the Spring’05 semester was voted outstanding part-time graduate instructor.

Dr. Seiler serves the nonprofit sector not only as a fundraiser, author, and teacher, but also as a board member and campaign committee member for several nonprofits and serves as a mentor to young professional fundraisers. He earned a B.A. degree in English from Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Indiana University. He also holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive professional designation.