The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is actively engaged in the philanthropic and nonprofit community through events including webinars, panel discussions, speaking engagements, and more. Find recent events here and on our news page.
CHIP welcomes requests for speaking engagements and event requests. To invite one of our associates to participate in your event, please submit a request form or call 215-573-7266 for more information.

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, January 20.
12 PM – 1 PM EST

2022 High Impact Giving Guide Launch: How to Support a Just Recovery from COVID

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and we move from initial response to repeated waves and eventual recovery, many donors are looking for opportunities to not only recover to where we were before the pandemic, but to build back a stronger, more just world. Join a panel discussion, sponsored by Fidelity Charitable and presented by CHIP’s founding executive director Kat Rosqueta, to hear:

  • Best practices for supporting COVID recovery amid ongoing response
  • What factors to consider for a more just recovery
  • Key areas donors can support for COVID recovery in any community, including early school success, mental health, youth and young adults, and sustainable livelihoods.

The expert panelists from our project partners include:  Dr. Johanna Greeson, The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research; Casey Johnson, GreenLight Fund; Euria Min, Lipman Family Prize; Ralph Smith, Campaign for Grade Level Reading; Jeff Ubois, Lever for Change; and Kristen Ward, Mindful Philanthropy.

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Wednesday, January 26.
12 PM – 1 PM EST

Inspiring Impact Faculty Series: Social Policy, the Workforce, & the COVID Economy

First came mass layoffs in some industries, and remote work and overburdened frontline workers in others. Next followed labor shortages and workplace disputes over vaccines and masks. COVID continues to disrupt labor markets in the U.S. and worldwide. Professor Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice will have a conversation with her “Just Economics” podcast partner Katherina ‘Kat’ Rosqueta to uncover how social policies can be responsive to real-world conditions and create alignment between unemployment and staffing shortages, and how philanthropy at a local level can effect change.

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Friday, January 28.
9 AM – 10 AM EST

The Association of Fundraising Professionals New York City (AFP-NYC) Keynote Address

CHIP’s Founding Executive Director, Kat Rosqueta, will be delivering a keynote address at AFP-NYC’s Annual Meeting, a gathering of 75-100 development professionals in the New York City area.

Recent Events

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Tuesday, December 14th,
12 PM – 1 PM EST

SP2 Speaker Series: The Role of Black Philanthropy in Activism and Social Justice

The SP2 Speaker Series 2021-2022 presented by the School of Social Policy & Practice features conversations about race, equity, and justice with experts on social policy and social work. Hosted and moderated by Ben Jealous, this dialogue between Tyrone McKinley Freeman and Kat Rosqueta will take a look at the history and perception of Black philanthropy in the United States.

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Discussion topics will include:

  • Who counts as a philanthropist?
  • In what ways has Black philanthropy fueled activism and empowerment in African-American communities?
  • How can we all practice philanthropy for social impact?

Please join the discussion with expert panelists:

  • Katherina Rosqueta – Founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tyrone Mckinley Freeman – Author of Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy,
  • Ben Jealous  Professor of Practice, Annenberg School for Communication, Penn Carey Law School, and School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, and President of People for the American Way.
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Wednesday, November 24,

Grantmaking & Systemic Change Panel Discussion

Donors have been making substantial grants to local and international development program for decades and although some donors offer multiyear support, the majority of donors only offer up to 3 years of funding.

The webinar will look at the funding of systems change program, programs that seek to bridge the divides of race, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic class — and question how best to fund long term initiatives such as these for best effect.

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Is it time to challenge the 3-year funding cycle and ask, how can we share a common timeframe?

Please join the discussion, chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, President of Open Society Foundations and hosted by Philanthropy Company CEO, Caroline Underwood OBE, where this challenge will be explored by our expert panel;

  • Katherina Rosqueta – Founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • W Christopher Stewart – Chief Grants Officer the Templeton Religion Trust
  • Jenny Oppenheimer – Lankelly Chase, co-founder of Future Foundations UK  and European Steering Group for the Edge Funders Alliance.
  • Garth Japhet – CEO of South African NGO Heartlines

The webinar will take place on November 24th at 2pm GMT (9 am EST).

Please register here, or contact for further information.

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Wed, October 20
12 PM – 1 PM ET

Talent for Giving: Building the Team to Help You Do Good

In this webinar, learn how high net worth donors can identify people and networks to help create more impact with their giving. After more than two years of applied research, members of CHIP’s team will present Talent for Giving: Building the Team to Help You Do Good, A guide for high net worth donors, with answers on finding the people, talent, and networks to help you do more good with your giving.

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Who should attend:

  • Individual donors, foundation trustees, and philanthropic leaders

Join us online to learn:

  • Four common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • The jobs you need done and who can fill them
  • How to find talent for planning, implementation, and assessment
  • How to build a more diverse and inclusive team for greater impact
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Wed-Fri, October 6-8,
9 AM – 12 PM ET

SPARX Conference 2021

Join an online forum of individuals passionate about creating social good in a series of workshops that aims to provide attendees with the tools and vision to create change. The SPARX Conference is run by Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.

Founding Executive Director of CHIP, Kat Rosqueta, will join Keith Wardrip of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in a discussion on Thursday, October 7, at 10 am about the role of community foundations before and during COVID-19. She’ll share findings from Charting Impact: Findings from the COVID Dashboard and Lessons for the Road Ahead.

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Fri-Sun, October 1-3

Momentum 2021: The Power of Penn Women

The Power of Penn Women is a virtual conference celebrating the power of Penn women. Join alumni and Penn community members of all backgrounds and generations that come together to learn, connect, and share how we are making an impact locally and globally.

Founding Executive Director of CHIP, Kat Rosqueta, will join Cheryl Alston, Danisha Patel, and Lisa Green Hall for The Art of Philanthropy: Impact & Influence. Personal values and passion have long been associated with charitable giving. But it takes more than good intentions for philanthropy to create positive, social impact. From venture philanthropy to impact investing to giving circles, learn how Penn alumnae are leading the field in employing new and innovative approaches to philanthropy. Most importantly, gain insights into creating your own path for practicing high impact philanthropy.