Recent Events

Recent Events

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. See our previous events here, and stay connected with CHIP by signing up for email updates.
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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.

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  • 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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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.

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Zoom Webinar:

Tuesday, May 25
1 – 2 pm ET

Supporting Mental Health: Guidance For Donors

The health and economic crises from COVID have accentuated the need and urgency for greater support of mental health and addiction issues, especially for those also subjected to systemic racism. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Mindful Philanthropy held a panel discussion on how donors can make a bigger impact to support impacted communities, including strategies described in CHIP’s guidance, Health in Mind: A Philanthropic Guide for Mental Health and Addiction.

CHIP’s Kat Rosqueta and Mindful Philanthropy’s Kristen Ward hosted a panel that included:

  • Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., Hogg Foundation for Mental Health (UT Austin)
  • Dr. Karen Scott, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)
  • Erica Snow, Colorado Health Foundation
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Zoom Session:

Mon, May 17
12 pm – 1 pm ET

Impactful Philanthropy: Supporting Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month which raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.

As the pandemic continues, mental health and addiction challenges have emerged as major health crises. Against this backdrop, many donors are asking “how can I help?”. This session of the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Roundtable Discussion series explored mental issues in the COVID-19 era and opportunities for philanthropists to invest in the field.


  • Katherina M. Rosqueta, Founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jon Stevens, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Outpatient Services and Admissions and VP of Growth and Innovation at The Menninger Clinic
  • Jan Swartz, Group President, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Seabourn, P&O Australia, Carnival Australia and Founder of The Goodness Web
  • Kristen Ward, MPH, Director of Programs and Knowledge at Mindful Philanthropy
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Zoom Webinar:

Mon, May 17
6 pm – 7 pm ET

Social Venture Partners Philadelphia: A Conversation with Michael Nutter and Paul Shoemaker

Poverty, crime, racial inequality—the challenges that Philadelphia faces are not new. But they are more evolved. Today’s leaders need a new approach to create meaningful change. A more collaborative approach.

This discussion about building better and more engaged cities featured two leaders uniquely suited for that topic: Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia, and Paul Shoemaker, social impact leader and Founding President of Social Venture Partners International.

We heard stories about cross-sector fluency, what traits make a “rebuilder,” and the ways that funders can engage with unlikely partners to increase their impact. Shoemaker introduced concepts from his new book, Taking Charge of Change, which profiles 38 impact leaders including Nutter, about how they solve big problems.

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Zoom Webinar:

Thurs, May 13
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Giving Compass Conversation Series: Mental Health

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, mental health and addiction challenges have emerged as a major health crisis. Afi Tengue, VP of Philanthropy & Impact at Giving Compass, spoke with Kat Rosqueta, Founding Executive Director of CHIP, about the ways donors can help.

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Conference Session:

Tues, May 11
3 pm – 4 pm ET

2021 PEAK Grantmaking Conference

From May 4 to 13, PEAK Grantmaking hosted PEAK2021 virtually, featuring keynotes, breakouts, peer groups, and more. The conference looked at how far the profession of grants management has come, including its growing influence and responsibility, critical work in this moment to meet the challenges of our day, and evolving role as a change leader in philanthropy.

Kat Rosqueta, Founding Executive Director of CHIP, was part of a workshop session on May 11: Philanthropy and COVID-19: Diving into the Data. In this session, Candid shared the latest coronavirus-related funding figures, took a deep dive in to a regional COVID-19-related data collection effort, and discussed important lessons learned.

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This session is designed to help funders understand the dynamics of disaster philanthropy with a focus on using data to guide decisions. Highlights will include COVID-19-related funding analysis, publicly available tools and data sets to inform your work, the need for funders to make investments in long-term recovery and mitigation efforts for future disasters, and the sector-wide benefits and challenges of sharing grants data.

Grace Sato, Candid, Director of Research
Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Director of Learning and Partnerships
Cathleen Clerkin, Candid, Senior Director of Research
Katherina Rosqueta, Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP), Founding Executive Director
Sidney Hargro, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, President

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Zoom Webinar:

Mon, May 3
12 pm – 1 pm ET

Women’s Index Launch Webinar

CHIP launched the Women’s Index: Developing a Tool for Aligning Financial Investments with Gender Equity, a report created in partnership with Women of the World Endowment (WoWE), the first 100% mission aligned endowment investing in women.

Ruth Shaber (Tara Health Foundation) and Tea Trumbic (World Bank) joined CHIP’s Kat Rosqueta and Maria Skuratovskaya of WoWE to discuss the research, the need, and implications of a gender focused sovereign debt scoring methodology.