In 2009, a generous gift from Kevin and Donna Gruneich through the University of Iowa Foundation created the Philanthropic Studies Fund. That gift was instrumental in leading the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to develop the Certificate in Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication, which instilled an appreciation of philanthropy and prepares undergraduate students of all majors for jobs in nonprofit organizations.

Since then, the Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication Certificate has merged with the Nonprofit Management Certificate out of the Tippie College of Business to form the Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate. 

The Philanthropic Studies Fund has grown from the Gruneichs' contribution and from other donors, including Dale and Linda Baker. Their ongoing generosity supports classroom activities and professional opportunities for students, faculty, and the nonprofit community.