Penn Hosts "Effective Philanthropy in Challenging Times," A Week with Non-Profit Legend Richard Marker

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice is hosting a week-long seminar on “Effective Philanthropy in Challenging Times,” featuring Richard Marker, a leader in the non-profit sector, from June 15 to 19.

An introduction to the essence of grant-making and philanthropy, this seminar is designed for those in their first few years in the non-profit sector.

“Richard Marker is a legend in the non-profit sector,” Richard Gelles, dean of the School, said, “and this conference is a unique opportunity for the new generation of philanthropy professionals to interact with 24 of their esteemed colleagues in an intimate venue, to network and to gain a body of knowledge that is imperative to the survival and the future of philanthropy, especially during economically challenging times like these. “

Topics include changes in the philanthropic environment, generational differences in philanthropic giving, trends in grant-making approaches, philanthropic policies and ethics, best practices and the law.

Attendees can register by contacting Meg Ferguson at 610-761-8046 or The registration deadline is May 29, and enrollment is limited to 25. The Web site for the event can be found at: