Dr. Ellie Heng Qu is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) program. Qu holds a PhD in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Qu is a welcome addition to the Bush School’s growing nonprofit program, given her research interests in nonprofit management and philanthropy. Her primary research interests are nonprofit finance and economics, the areas that have practical implications for capacity building and resource development of nonprofit organizations. Her current research projects include nonprofit revenue management and organizational capacity, nonprofit financial reporting and accountability, social innovation and impact investing, motivations for individual charitable giving and nonprofit resource development, effects of pro-social behavior on people's well-being, and experimental studies of charitable giving.
Dr. Qu has published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and presented in a number of conferences nationally and internationally, including Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR). She received the Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) PhD Grant Award. SPI is led by the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and John Templeton Foundation. She has also received a number of other awards from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), including the Emerging Scholars Award, the Diversity Scholars and Leaders Award, and a doctoral fellowship. She received her BA and MA in political science from Sun Yat-Sen University in China.