Idea Contest FAQ


1. What is SPI?

    For more information check out the "About Us" section of our website

2. What is the SPI Idea Contest?

    The Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) is sponsoring an Idea Contest intended to solicit fundraising ideas from charities that can be tested by SPI researchers to further the science of philanthropy.

3. Who should submit an entry to the competition?

    Anyone from a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who is involved with fundraising activities. Anyone primarily involved with research is not eligible; academic researchers are encouraged to apply for the sub-award program. Multiple entries per organization are allowed

4. When should I submit my entry?

    Competition closes at 11:59 PM CST on June 14, 2013

5. How do I submit?

    Fill out a brief entry from about your organization and tell us about your fundraising idea and the rationale behind it. The organizational information you provide will help SPI researchers better understand how charity organizations operate.

6. Why you should enter:

  • 1st prize: $5,000
  • 2nd prize: $1,500
  • 3rd prize: $500
  • Publicity on SPI materials
  • Possible partnership* with SPI to test your idea
* Winning contest does not guarantee an experiment partnership with SPI

7. Are multiple submissions allowed?

    Multiple entries per organization are allowed.

8. Who will judge my entry?

    SPI Researchers and Staff

9. How will my entry be judged?

    Evaluation criteria for the “best” ideas will include, but not limited to, innovation, feasibility, impact on the charitable giving market. SPI reserves the right to reject any entries and decline to award any or all prizes if the entries are not found to be worthy.

10. Where can I find examples of possible submissions?

    Contest Examples

11. When will awards be announced?

    Winners will be notified no later than July 31st, 2013.

12. Where can I find the complete rules?

    Complete Contest Rules