The 3rd SPI Annual Conference 2015

"Exploring the Science & Art of Philanthropy"

The University of Chicago

Hyde Park Campus

September 11th & 12th 2015



Registration for the SPI Annual Conference 2015 is now OPEN! You will not want to miss "Exploring the Science & Art of Philanthropy" with another outstanding lineup of presenters including Bobby Shriver, cofounder of (RED), philanthropist Marshall Field V, and Michael Norton, coauthor, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. In addition, you will get to choose from an impressive selection of academic talks from 45+ eminent, international scholars addressing pertinent topics in philanthropy.

To get you even more excited for the 2015 conference, you can view last year's conference videos and an AFP article about the SPI conference on Also check out the schedule and content from the past conferences on the menu on the right side. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. We hope to see you in Chicago on Sept 11 & 12th!


Register for the conference here


Reserve your room at the Hyatt Place Chicago-South Hotel



Friday, Sep 11th 2015 - Ida Noyes Hall
9:30 - 10:30
Philanthropist panel moderated by Stacy Palmer, editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

• Panelists include Marshall Field V (The Field Corporation), Liam Krehbiel (A Better Chicago), and Susan Goodenow (Chicago Bulls Charities)
10:45 - 11:45
Featured Research Talks

• James Andreoni, University of California-San Diego, A Natural Field Experiment Comparing the Generosity of the Rich and Poor

• Judd Kessler, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Getting the 1% to Give
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 04:15
24 Research Talks (3 parallel sessions & breaks)
4:30 - 5:30
Impact panel moderated by John List, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at The University of Chicago

• Panelists include Kelly Fitzsimmons (Edna McConnell Clark Foundation), Maria Kim (The Cara Program), and Marguerite Griffin (Northern Trust)
6:00 - 8:00
Dinner talk by Bobby Shriver, (RED)
Saturday, Sep 12th 2015 - Saeih Hall for Economics
34 academic talks

Lunch talk at Quad Club by Michael Norton, Harvard University, author Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending