Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on February 21, 2016

The Intersection of Community, Academia, and Grantmaking
Featuring national and local funders, experts in philanthropy, and a Shark Tank style pitch session

Keynote Presentation
Donald F. Schwarz, MD MPH
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The symposium offers exposure to developing, pitching and sustaining innovative project ideas that utilize community-academic partnerships.

Participants will:

  • Gain insights into the approaches of developing and sustaining successful community academic partnerships.
  • Learn from grantmakers, community organizations and researchers effective strategies to advance ideas.
  • Observe a Shark Tank style pitch session where Community Scholars pitch ideas and receive feedback from a panel of funders and experts

The symposium is part of the Community Scholar’s Training Program, a new partnership initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar’s Program and the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.


8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast & Registration
9:00 am – 9:05 am Welcome & Introductions
9:05 am – 9:50 am Keynote Presentation
(Donald Schwarz, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

9:50 am – 10:20 am Overview of the Funding Landscape (Maari Porter, Philanthropy Network)

10:20 am – 10:50 am A Case in Action: The Penn Philabundance Partnership (Amy Hillier, University of Pennsylvania; Matthew Geiger, Fare & Square)

11:00 am – 11:30 am An Intergenerational Perspective to Developing Community-Academic Partnerships (Nicole Thomas, Thomas Jefferson University & Frances Walker-Ponnie, Community Advocate)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Pitch Presentations (Community Scholars)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Concluding Remarks & Presentations of Community Scholar certificates

1:30 pm Networking

Thursday, April 14, 2016
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Bodek Lounge
Houston Hall (1st Floor)
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Breakfast & lunch provided

Register (free):

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