SPI Idea Contest

The SPI Idea Contest is now closed. Click here for contest results. If you are a practitioner interested in partnering with us, please fill out this partner survey. Academic researchers are encouraged to apply for the sub-award program.


  Want to try a new fundraising approach?

  Do you think an approach should be retired?

  Do you need proof a fundraising technique works?

  Submit an idea to SPI's Idea Contest!  SPI is offering up to $5,000 for ideas.



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. SPI is looking for ideas that will further the science of philanthropy and change the way development professionals fund-raise. See examples.

How to enter:

Fill out a brief contest entry form 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.

Who can enter:

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.

When should you enter:

All entries should be received by 11:59 PM CST on June 14, 2013.

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

The Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) is a research initiative based out of the University of Chicago aimed at developing a deeper understanding of 'why people give'; Our researchers' work is highly regarded in the academic community and has been showcased in various media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The John Templeton Foundation has generously funded SPI so we may partner with you to uncover strategies to help you raise more money.

Interested in SPI, but don't want to enter the contest? Sign up here to be a SPI partner.

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