The concept and the practice of philanthropy continue to evolve. Greater access to needs and the means to meet them continue to open the activity and the aspirations of philanthropy to millions of participants globally. The scale of giving continues to grow, and with it, new questions about philanthropy’s impact and intentions.

At the University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA’s Philanthropy Forum offers a university-based setting to explore these dynamics. The Forum highlights philanthropic advances originated in Pittsburgh, tapping the city’s rich philanthropic tradition as a learning laboratory for current practice and past progress. The Forum offers a graduate-level course on philanthropy and society, an annual lecture series on The Future of Philanthropy in Uncertain Times and the Pittsburgh Philanthropy Project, a multi-year endeavor to chronicle the important story of philanthropy in Pittsburgh.


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260