Lijun He, PhD

PhD, Philanthropic Studies

Adjunct Faculty

Phone: 206-296-5440

Building/Room: Casey 210



Lijun He earned the doctoral degree in Philanthropic Studies with a minor in Nonprofit Management at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2015. She was an assistant professor at Depart of Public Administration at Pace University in New York from 2015-2018.

Lijun worked at various nonprofit organizations, including China-Europa Forum, the Department of Planned Giving and Major Gifts at the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, the Grants Program Department at Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, and the Global Philanthropy Department at the Council on Foundations in Arlington, Virginia.  She also helped build China's first Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management undergraduate program at Beijing Normal University Zhuhi, managed a project on Burmese refugees at the International Center and was an ambassador for Nexus Beijing in 2012. She has served on the Committee on Development & Alumni Relations and Government & Community Relations under Board of Trustees of Pace University and is currently serving as a Planning Committee member to P.E.A.R.L. Institute of New York, and the U.S. Strategic Advisor to Shenzhen Innovation Center for Corporate Social Responsibility in China.

Her research interests are entrepreneurship and philanthropy, impact investment, ethics, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Lijun has published both in English and Chinese academic journals, such as Nonprofit Leadership and Education, China Public Administration Review, and China Nonprofit Reviews. She writes occasionally about philanthropy for the Southern China Daily, China Fortune, Hurun Fortune Magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  She also founded Shan Yu Zhi, a well-known Chinese blog on philanthropy featuring impact investing, family philanthropy, foundation management, and B-corp.

Lijun has been recognized with the following awards: Wilson Faculty Fellow (2015), Elite 50 graduate (2015), Emerging Scholar by the Association of Research for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (2014), a fellow of the Tobias Leadership for Excellence (2013), and as a Ford Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation Research Fellow (2013-2014).