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Kathryn Dilworth

Professor of Practice for Philanthropy and Executive Director of Strategic Relations



B.A. University of Mississippi, M.A. University of Alabama Huntsville, Ph.D. Indiana University

Recent Publications

Dilworth, K. (2022). Building the social capital of the academic library through fundraising. T. Schlak, P. Bracke, S. Corrall. (Eds.), The Social Future of Libraries, Facet Publishing.

Philanthropy in public libraries: Its impact on community well-being missions. The International Journal of Community Well-Being. 2021

The Social Capital Fundraising Model. Doctoral Dissertation. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. 2021

Fundraising in academic libraries: Looking back and defining new questions. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(5). 2020

Successful Fundraising for the Academic Library: Philanthropy in Higher Education. Oxford:Chandos Press. 2016


Kathryn Dilworth teaches and researches in the field of Philanthropic Studies. Her research is focused on fundraising practice and the role of social capital in cultivating impactful philanthropic investments through meaningful giving experiences. A great lover of libraries, Kathryn’s research is often positioned within academic and public libraries. Her professional practice is in the field of fundraising and strategic relations for nonprofit organizations. Courses are focused on fundraising practice, the nonprofit sector, social capital, and giving behavior.

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