Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) Conference

Keynote Speakers

Louis Diez, VP, Community of Almabase & host of the Donor Participation Project
Uri Gneezy, UC San Diego
Teresa Harrison, Drexel University

September 20-21, 2023

Location: Saieh Hall for Economics
The University of Chicago

5757 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


John List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago; Visiting Hartsook Chair at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Amir Pasic, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Luigi Butera, Copenhagen Business School
Christopher Clapp, Harris School of Public Policy
Sara Konrath, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Rich Steinberg, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


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.


Conference Registration: Registration is now OPEN. Register for SPI 2023 here

Conference Payment: Attendees must complete the Conference Registration Payment Form to attend SPI 2023. 

To attend the conference, registrants must submit both the registration form and registration payment. Without submitting both the registration form and payment, registrants may not attend the SPI 2023 Conference.

Presenter applications: Applications to present at SPI are now closed


Conference organizers have reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees traveling to the Chicago area. Rooms are available at: 

Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center
5225 S. Harper Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60615
Phone: (773) 752-5300

To learn more, visit this link and click "Book It" to access the conference room block discount. 

WATCHPresentations from the 2015 SPI Annual Conference

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. [SPI2022] [SPI2020] [SPI2019] [SPI2018] [SPI2017]

General questions? Please contact SPI conference administrator Jamie Temmer.



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