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SPARX Conference

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 400 attendees from across the region. We present top-notch national and regional speakers who address timely topics of interest to the region's community.

Speakers at recent conferences have included:

  • Tonya Allen, past President & CEO, Skillman Foundation
  • LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter
  • Phil Buchanan, President, The Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Jennifer Ching, North Star Fund
  • 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

Recent Events

2022 SPARX Conference

View details about sessions, speakers and more from our 2022 hybrid virtual/in-person conference here. View a photo album from the event here.

2021 | Moving in Solidarity: Blazing a Path for Progress

View details about sessions, speakers and more from our 2021 virtual conference (Oct 6-8) here.

2020 | Justice: From Moment to Movement

View details about sessions, speakers and more from our 2020 virtual conference here.

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