The Yale Philanthropy Conference is an interdisciplinary forum for current and future leaders focused on the business of social change.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Yale Philanthropy Conference is the only convening of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector planned entirely by MBA students. Bringing together thinkers, students, and professionals from leading institutions and foundations across the country, the conference fosters discussions about the role of philanthropy in the contemporary society, strengthens professional networks, builds management acumen necessary for vibrant institutions, and cultivates leadership in the social sector and beyond.


A Letter from the Faculty: Professor Tony Sheldon

Lecturer in the Practice of Management & Executive Director of the Program on Social Enterprise


The Yale Philanthropy Conference attracts leaders from the non-profit, public, and private sectors to explore the complex and imaginative ways that the bounds of philanthropy are expanding.

The student-organized annual event presents a rare opportunity to engage with colleagues across sectors and fields of work, probing both domestic and global issues.

The talks, panels and discussions are multi-faceted and always lively. The Yale Philanthropy Conference has consistently been a forum for inquiry, dialogue, and challenge.


The Yale Philanthropy Conference (YPC) grew out of a class at the Yale School of Management, Philanthropic Foundations. Students, wanting to engage more deeply with best practices and innovation in the social sector, decided to bring experts and practitioners to the School of Management campus. Now in its fourteen year, the conference remains entirely planned and executed by SOM MBA students. YPC has hosted leaders in the field including Richard Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Hilary Pennington, Vice President of the Ford Foundation; and La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of W. K. Kellogg Foundation.




2017: Transformation: Navigating Change for the Future
2016: Fostering Ecosystems of Change
2015: Reflect. Innovate. Impact.
2014: Rooted in History, Growing with Purpose
2013: Integrated Perspectives Across the Sector
2012: Beyond Best Practices


Yale School of Management
Evans Hall
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT  06511



From New York City/South of New Haven (taking I-95 N):        

  1. Off I-95 N, merge onto I-91 N

  2. Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and merge onto Trumbull Street

  3. Take a RIGHT onto Whitney and continue for less than ¾ of a mile. Evans Hall will be on the left, across from the Peabody Museum.

From North of New Haven (taking I-95 S):

  1. Off I-95S, take the exit for I-91 N

  2. Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and continue onto Trumbull Street

  3. Take a RIGHT onto Whitney and continue for less than ¾ of a mile. Evans Hall will be on the left, across from the Peabody Museum.



Area Airports:


Train & Bus

To/From Union Station, New Haven:




Shuttles, Ride Share & Taxi

Airport Shuttles:           

Ride Share:


  • Metro Taxi (203-777-7777)

  • City Wide Taxi (203-777-0007)



Information on accessing limited free parking will be emailed to registrants prior to the Conference. 

Otherwise, paid parking is available through LAZ Parking at their Grove Street and Audubon Street garages.