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 philanthropist Marshall Field V, Liam Krehbiel, A Better Chicago, and Susan Goodenow, Chicago Bulls Charities, recipient of ESPN's Humanitarian Award. 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!


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Friday, Sep 11th 2015 - Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street
08:30 - 09:00
Coffee @ Library Lounge
09:00 - 09:30
Welcome remarks @ Palevsky Cinema

John List (Chairman & Homer J. Livingston Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago)
09:30 - 10:30
Philanthropist Panel @ Palevsky Cinema

moderated by Stacy Palmer (Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) including Marshall Field V(The Field Corporation), Liam Krehbiel (A Better Chicago) and Susan Goodenow (Chicago Bulls Charities)
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:45
Featured Research Talks @ Palevsky Cinema

• Needy or Greedy? A Natural Field Experiment Comparing the Generosity of the Rich and Poor
James Andreoni (University of California-San Diego)

• Getting the 1% to Give
Judd Kessler (Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania)
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch @ Cloister Club
01:00 - 02:30
Parallel Sessions 1
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 04:15
Parallel Sessions 2
04:30 - 05:30
Smart Philanthropy @ Palevsky Cinema

moderated by John List (University of Chicago) including Gabriel Rhoads (Edna McConnell Clark Foundation), Marguerite Griffin (Northern Trust) and Maria Kim (The Cara Program)
05:30 - 06:30
Cocktails & Posters @ Library Lounge
06:30 - 08:30
Conference Dinner @ Cloister Club
Saturday, Sep 12th 2015 - Saieh Hall for Economics
08:30 - 09:00
Coffee @ Saieh Hall Annex Lounge
(Luggage storage available)
09:00 - 10:30
Parallel Sessions 3
10:30 - 10:40
10:40 - 11:45
Parallel Sessions 4
12:00 - 01:15
Lunch and Featured Talk @ Quadrangle Club Main Dining Room

by Michael Norton (Harvard University), author Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
01:30 - 03:00
Parallel Sessions 5