NDIGD is now the Pulte Institute for Global Development, thanks to a generous endowment gift from the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation. 

As an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Pulte Institute addresses global poverty and inequality through policy, practice, and partnership. It designs, implements, monitors, and evaluates projects and programs that promote human dignity, empowering the world’s poorest and vulnerable populations to flourish.

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Pulte family’s $111 million partnership  provides Notre Dame with resources to fight poverty

Pulte family’s $111 million partnership provides Notre Dame with resources to fight poverty

The University of Notre Dame has developed a variety of tools to address the problems of the poor and to develop and measure the impact of anti-poverty programs. Now, thanks to a $111 million partnership between the University and the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation — the largest of its kind at Notre Dame — the University is positioned to enhance and expand its practices, teaching and research to create, identify and advance programs that best serve those most in need. The endowments provided by the foundation to Notre Dame will focus on serving those most in need, the most alienated and the most displaced.

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Areas We Work In


The Earth’s environment and scarce resources must be stewarded with ever-increasing care as the health of the environment is integrally linked to a flourishing global society. At the Pulte Institute, we collaborate with faculty conducting research on climate, energy, water, and sustainable cities and examine how these issues affect global poverty and inequality.


Billions of dollars are spent annually to address the 65+ million refugees and migrants displaced by conflict, natural disaster, or severe lack of economic opportunity. At the Pulte Institute, we work to integrate sustainable development practices into humanitarianism work and policy in order for crisis interventions to be successful and sustainable.

Effective States and Development

Good governance and effective states are integral to the realization of the SDGs. At the Pulte Institute, we focus on aid effectiveness and policy in the poorest of nations by researching existing programs, evaluating donor agency innovations, and designing new approaches and policies to deliver more effective aid; all in order to ensure states and their policies work for the people.

Business in Development

The private sector is increasingly outspending the public sector in global development investment, but is also faced with challenging ethical dilemmas in nations with weak institutions and corruption. At the Pulte Institute, we provide a home for discussions on ethical and sustainable supply chain performance, social entrepreneurship, and public-private partnerships, among other topics.

Global Health

In a globalized world, disease moves quickly across borders and many global and national public health systems are weak and inadequate. At the Pulte Institute, we seek to take the knowledge developed by Notre Dame researchers to field practitioners, who are on the front lines in developing countries and can put these findings to work.

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