• TPF Tuition Reimbursement Program



Since 2018, The Patterson Foundation has collaborated with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (LFSOP) through its Advancing Philanthropic Leadership initiative. Recognizing the value of academic and professional educational experiences offered by LFSOP, TPF provides opportunities for TPF Staff and Consultants to enroll in LFSOP graduate and professional development courses and be reimbursed upon successful completion for tuition, fees, and materials/travel allowance associated with such enrollment through the TPF Tuition Reimbursement Program.


  • Any course offered by the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is eligible for tuition/fee reimbursement.


  1. TPF Staff, including Fellows, qualify to participate after 90 days of employment
  2. Consultants qualify to participate on the first day of the month following their one-year anniversary, providing they worked 250 hours in the prior 12 months.
  3. After initial eligibility requirements are met, TPFers continue to be eligible to participate in the program by providing successful completion of each course.
  4. Participants must meet Lilly Family School admissions eligibility.


  • For academic courses, in-state tuition rates apply; The Fund Raising School tuition rates have no discount applied. Contact Pamela Clark (pamelac@iu.edu) to learn how to apply and be sure to receive in-state tuition rates.
  • For those participating in the workshops or certificate program, TPF TRP will reimburse up to $150/course for books, software, or other course-required materials.
  • For those pursuing the master's program, TPF TRP will reimburse up to $150/course for books, software, or other course-required materials. In addition, TPF TRP will cover a one-time reimbursement of up to $1,500 for travel expenses (airfare and hotel accommodations ONLY) should the participant travel to participate live in one multi-day intense course offering while enrolled in the master's program.
  • If you desire to pursue graduate studies but have not yet completed an undergraduate degree, we suggest that you complete such a degree locally, and then take advantage of this opportunity as desired.
  • TPF Staff/Consultants desiring to enroll are required to confirm eligibility with Nancy Vafeas (nvafeas@ThePattersonFoundation.org) prior to enrollment.
  • Staff/Consultant participants will initially pay tuition and fees for course enrollment. Upon the successful completion of such course, given they are still employed/engaged with The Patterson Foundation, the TRP Participant will be reimbursed for tuition/fees paid and materials/travel allowance (airfare and hotel accommodations ONLY) after submission of the TRP Reimbursement Form.
  • Participants must submit a 350 word blog at the conclusion of each course.
  • Contact Don Bowman (dbowmantpf@gmail.com) for additional information about this program.


  • Download the Reimbursement Form
  • Fill out all information and save in your files
  • Complete the form and attach your completed Reimbursement Form, copies of receipts, and proof of successful course completion for submission to Nancy Vafeas.
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Update May 2024

Through the TPF Tuition Reimbursement Program (TRP) for Staff and Consultants, The Patterson Foundation provides reimbursement of tuition and fees for courses taken in the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

  • Eligible TPF participants (Staff and Consultants) can take School of Philanthropy courses that may apply to a certificate or degree.
  • In academic graduate courses, a grade of C or better is required for successful completion.
  • Full reimbursement is provided upon successful course completion, providing the participant remains employed at TPF at time of reimbursement.
  • Upon successful course completion, the TPF participant must submit a TRP Reimbursement Form online and attach receipt of tuition/fees and materials/travel paid along with proof of successful course completion.

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