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H. Daniel Heist, MA

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2015-2016

Advisor: Dr. Ram A. Cnaan

Research Interests

Philanthropy

Fundraising

Charitable Giving

Volunteerism

Dan Heist is a doctoral student at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on charitable giving, fundraising, and volunteering. Currently, Dan is using a longitudinal, national data set to study donor advised funds – an emerging trend in philanthropy in the United States. He also conducts economic experiments to test charitable giving behavior. Prior to seeking a doctorate, Dan worked for nine years as a professional fundraiser, and was a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He earned an MA in Philanthropic Studies from Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a BA from Penn State University.

SP2 News

Faculty & Research

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Faculty & Research, Gifts & Giving

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Student Life, Global Engagement

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Faculty & Research, Student Life

SP2 Task Force on Race and Social Justice

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