The 4th SPI Conference 2017

Philanthropy Innovations Conference
September 6-7, 2017
The University of Chicago

Location: Saieh Hall for Economics
5757 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

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Keynote Speakers

Ragan Petrie, Texas A&M University
Lise Vesterlund, University of Pittsburgh; PEEL Experimental Lab


Sara Konrath, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
John List, University of Chicago
Amir Pasic, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Anya Samek, University of Southern California; Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and Department of Economics
Rich Steinberg, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Mark Wilhelm, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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Click Here to Register for the SPI 2017 Conference

Registration is now open for the fourth Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference, presented in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the University of Southern California. SPI is an initiative started by John List, Michael Price and Anya Samek in 2012 to encourage experimental (field and lab) research on charitable giving. In addition to providing an avenue for research discussions, another aim of the conference is to bring together researchers studying charitable giving with practitioners in the field of philanthropy.

We would like to invite presentations that use laboratory or field experiments to investigate social preferences that shape philanthropic giving (including altruism, reciprocity, inequity aversion, warm-glow giving, etc.), techniques charities may use to increase giving, the role of culture on giving, and development of social preferences (i.e., experiments with children/young adults). Topics that are also of interest are volunteerism, the organization of charities/how they operate, and organ/blood donation. You can visit to see the papers that were presented in previous years.

WATCH: Presentations from the 2015 SPI Annual Conference

Important Deadlines

Presenter applications: Please submit the SPI 2017 Presenter Application Form by June 15, 2017. Prospective presenters will be notified of acceptance by July 15, 2017.

Conference Registration: Registration (General or Student) is required for both presenters and non-presenting attendees. General registration (via for both days is $200.00 plus $14.75 processing fee; student registration for both days is $100.00 plus $8.00 processing fee. The deadline to register is July 30, 2017.

Conference Lodging: A limited number of rooms are available at a special conference rate at the Hyatt Place Chicago South-University Medical Center, located in Hyde Park at 5225 South Harper Ave., Chicago, IL 60615. Please see the SPI2017 Room Block Page for details.

UChicago Travel, Transportation and Parking Tips

General questions? Please contact SPI conference administrator Jamie Phillips.

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