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Thursday, September 30, 2021, 12 - 1 PM

A virtual fundraising event supporting the Citizen Diplomat Academy Virtual international exchange program
for Philadelphia high school students and peers overseas.


Thank you for joining us for a special conversation with honorees Heather Templeton Dill and Jennifer Templeton Simpson, two women in philanthropy promoting cross-cultural exchange, enhanced understanding through dialogue, and appreciation for cultural differences.

The Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award is about recognizing the power of individuals to advance global peace and prosperity. COVID-19 has canceled nearly all in-person educational travel abroad for two years. The Citizen Diplomat Academy connects teens virtually and opens the door to a world of big ideas.

If you were unable to attend the Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award, you can watch a recording of the entire event here.

Heather Templeton Dill

President, John Templeton Foundation

Heather Templeton Dill and Jennifer Templeton Simpson are innovative Philadelphia leaders working to advance humankind's greater understanding of the world through projects at home and abroad. Overseeing the John Templeton Foundation, Dill and Simpson fund scientific research into the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humanity; and initiate civil, informed dialogue.

We are inspired by the John Templeton Foundation’s dedication to investing in big ideas that can improve humanity, sharing our core belief that inspiring people to be curious and to ask questions will change our world for the better.

Jennifer Templeton Simpson

Former Chair, Board of Trustees, John Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation is a proud Philadelphia organization that represents our region internationally as a world leader in innovative ideas. Find out what drives their philanthropy or read more about recent discoveries of the John Templeton Foundation.


These life-changing international exchanges remain free to students because of generous donors, like you!   High school students are open-minded and ready to learn about themselves and the world, but COVID has canceled in-person travel worldwide. With your help, an introduction to one international friend, made at this point in their development, can influence the trajectory of their lives in a positive, lasting way.

In the Citizen Diplomat Academy, students learn to be a Citizen Diplomat and apply the core skills of diplomacy, cross-cultural dialogue, STEM entrepreneurship, and social innovation from a rotating group of instructors from the top universities, start-up businesses, social innovation labs, and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and around the world. Meet our students and learn more 

Please select a sponsorship option below or contact Andrea Silva at 215-486-2092 or

Download the Sponsorship Packet to see all the ways you can partner with us.

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits
Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Download our full Sponsorship Packet to read the full details and non-traditional recognition options! 


$25,000 - You will fill the gap in international education for 150 budding STEM Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators

$10,000 - Connects a Philadelphia classroom to a Sister City classroom

$5,000 - Provides 30 students with enhanced global career guidance

$2,500 - Supports 7 Facilitator Fellowships for college students

$1,000 - Provides broadband internet boosts to students with low access in developing countries

$500 - Initiates international friendship between two peers over 20 hours of exchange

$200 - Sparks an interest in global affairs in one student

Intrigued? Join the Academy as a sponsor and download a PDF of our complete Sponsor ship Packet.


Major funding for Citizen Diplomat Academy Youth Exchanges was provided by The MidDay Foundation. Additional start-up funding was provided by the Connelly Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, Chris and Ellen Maguire Fund, and many donations from generous individuals, like you, who want youth worldwide to see the unlimited possibilities the future has in store for global citizens.
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