Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference 2019

The 6th SPI Conference 2019

Philanthropy Innovations Conference
September 11-12, 2019
The University of Chicago

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

Keynote Speakers

James Andreoni, University of California at San Diego
John Glier, Grenzebach Glier and Associates
Abigail Marsh, Georgetown University

The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics is pleased to announce the Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI2019) and Advances with Field Experiments (AFE2019) conferences will convene sequentially this year, on September 11-12 and September 12-13, respectively. Prof. James Andreoni will be a shared keynote presenter for both conferences.


Luigi Butera, Copenhagen Business School
Christopher Clapp, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago
Sara KonrathIndiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
John Listthe Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago
Amir Pasic, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Rich Steinberg, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Mark WilhelmIndiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Conference Schedule 2019

Presenter applications are now closed for the sixth Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference, presented in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Hartsook OrganizationSPI is an initiative started by John ListMichael 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. [SPI2018] [SPI2017]

WATCHPresentations from the 2015 SPI Annual Conference

Important Deadlines

Presenter applications: The SPI 2019 Presenter Application Form closed on June 30, 2019. Prospective presenters were notified of acceptance by July 15, 2019.

SPI2019 Registration and Payment. NOTE: Registration procedure has changed, please see instructions.

Conference Lodging: A limited number of rooms were available at a special conference rate ($239.00/night) at the Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, for reservations between September 10-13, 2019 only. Please see the SPI2019 Room Block Page for details or call 1-888-591-1234. Guests must have booked by August 12, 2019 to receive the special rate. Please reference group code G-SPI9 when making your reservation.

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