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SEPTEMBER 2017: Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference
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9/6/2017 to 9/7/2017
When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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There is a Science of Philanthropy (SPI) conference being held at the University of Chicago on September 6-7th (Wednesday and Thursday). The goal of SPI is to encourage experimental (field and lab) research on charitable giving. The conference this year is organized by colleagues at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

The keynote speakers are Lise Vesterlund (University of Pittsburgh) and Ragan Petrie (Texas A&M University).

Presentations are sought that use laboratory, field experiment, or related methods 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 the conference website to see the papers that were presented in past years.

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. The conference is roughly divided into two parallel tracks, with a series of papers that lean toward basic science and a series that is more applied (whereby practitioners would be encouraged to attend the applied sessions). When you submit your abstract, please let the conference organizers know which track you think fits best, as they may need to adjust your decision when they organize the schedule.

To keep a small group with opportunities for meaningful discussion, conference attendance is initially open to presenters or by invitation, with the hope of opening it up to non-presenters if spots remain available. There is a registration fee to attend the conference for speakers and attendees ($215 for faculty and $108 for students). A block of rooms has been reserved at Hyatt Place near the university.


Relevant dates:

Paper submission deadline: June 15th

Presenters notified: July 15th

Registration deadline: July 30th


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