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SPARX Conference

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is excited to announce that our annual fall conference is now the SPARX Conference! The new name and logo highlight Philanthropy Network’s strategy to spark collective impact opportunities and align investments for greater impact. The “X” represents the cross-section of ideas and action.

Philanthropy Network SPARX Conference

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia’s #SPARXconference is the premier event for regional funders, social investors, nonprofits, and other civic leaders who want to learn, connect, and lead social change in Greater Philadelphia. Past annual conferences have drawn more than 350 attendees from across the region. We present top-notch national and regional speakers who address timely topics of interest to the regional grantmaking community.

Speakers at recent conferences have included:

  • Tonya Allen, President & CEO, Skillman Foundation
  • Liz Dozier, Founder and CEO, Chicago Beyond
  • Rami Nashishibi, MacArthur Fellow, Trustee of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Founder of the  Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
  • Trabian Shorters, CEO/Founder, BMe Community
  • Vu Le,  Author of the popular blog, Nonprofit AF
  • Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

2019: Igniting the Power in Community

View this 1-minute video recap of SPARX 2019 highlights and visit the Resources section of our 2019 SPARX Conference webpage for more.

2019 SPARX Conference: Igniting the Power in Community from Philanthropy Network Greater PHL on Vimeo.
Event photos by Eva Cruz, Crouching Tiger LLC


Past Conference Highlights

2018: Onramps to Equity in Action

2017: Vision | Voice | Values

2016: Toward a More Perfect Union: Strengthening the Sector Together

2015: Learning and Leading Together in a Diverse Landscape