Update: February 13, 2015 - Champions for Change - Washington, DC is now SOLD OUT. The optional leadership training session on March 26-27 has a few remaining spots left. Register for optional leadership session.

Calgary still has spots! If you are interested in participating in the 2015 Champions for Change workshops, registration for Champions for Change Calgary (April 15-17, 2015) is still open.

 

Champions for Change 2015

Join us on March 24-26, 2015 at the 2015 Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact event hosted by the Collective Impact Forum, in partnership with the Tamarack Institute.

This next series of trainings will be similar in theme and content to the last two years of successful Champions for Change learning events. We will hold these new sessions in Washington, DC (March 24-26) and Calgary, AB (April 15-17) in 2015.

Dates: Tuesday, March 24 – Thursday March 26, 2015

Schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 24: 11am - 1pm (Registration); 1pm - 8:00pm (Programming)
  • Wednesday: March 25: 7:30am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday, March 26: 7:30am - 12:30pm

View Workshop Agenda
 

REGISTRATION

The Washington, DC workshop (March 24-27, 2015) is now SOLD OUT with a full waiting list.

To Register for the Calgary, AB workshop (April 15-17, 2014): Register with the Tamarack Institute

Spots are limited and both 2014 Champions for Change sesssions sold-out far in advance. Register early to reserve your space.

Price: $950 / person for a single registrant; $850 / person for two registrants; $750 / person for three registrants.


March 26-27 - Optional Leadership Training Session - Sign up for the optional extension training session "The Art of Network Leadership" with Heather McLeod Grant that will be held March 26-27 at the same venue. (Cost: $295. Space is limited to 100 Attendees.)

Register for The Art of Network Leadership.
 

Hotel Accommodations

The Doubletree Washington DC - Crystal City is the event headquarters hotel.  Champions for Change registrants receive a discounted rate of $175.00 plus applicable taxes.  Upon registering for the event, you will receive hotel booking information.

UPDATE: The Champions for Change hotel block is SOLD OUT.
 

Registration Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be offered until Friday, February 1, and partial refunds will be offered (less a $150 administration fee) until Friday, February 27.  Refunds cannot be made after February 27, but substitutions are possible. Substitution names must be confirmed and submitted by Friday, March 13, 2015.
 

About Champions For Change

A strong backbone team - staff dedicated to guiding a cross-sector group of stakeholders toward a common goal - is a critical component of collective impact. We invite you to join a group of collective impact leaders for a three-day workshop designed for leaders of backbone teams from collective impact initiatives.

Through this workshop, we look forward to providing  professional development to backbone leaders; creating peer learning among backbone leaders; and generating new insights on the work of backbone organizations for the field. Topics to be explored include:

  • Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone organization
  • Incorporating an equity lens in your collective impact work
  • Engaging the community in your initiative
  • Fostering collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
  • Developing and learning from shared measurement
  • Evaluating collective impact
  • Sustaining funding for collective impact over the long term
  • Understanding the essential mindset shifts required to accomplish collective impact

Note that this workshop is designed for staff playing the backbone function and steering committee members of collective impact initiatives demonstrating or working to implement all five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support).

Confirmed 2015 Speakers and Faculty Members:

Scholarships: As of December 23, 2014, we are no longer accepting applications for the limited number of scholarships that would cover 50% of the workshop's registration fee. In January 2015, all scholarship applications have been reviewed, and awards have been granted. Thank you for your interest in our scholarship opportunities. The process for our Washington, DC, event is now closed.


View Workshop Agenda: 2015 Workshop Agenda - Washington, DC (PDF)


Extend your Learning: Optional Leadership Training Session with Heather McLeod Grant on March 26-27!

From March 26-27, we will host a one-day optional training session that will dive deeper into discussing the unique skills and capacities that are needed to lead collective impact initiatives. This session will be limited to only 100 attendees and will be held at the same venue as the three-day training. (Cost: $295)

THE ART OF NETWORK LEADERSHIP (March 26-27, 2015)

As the world of social change shifts to more collective impact approaches, it is important that we cultivate the new kinds of leadership needed in this work. If you are a leader within a CI network, or backbone organization, you have likely already discovered that much of what you've learned about organizational leadership doesn't necessarily apply in this new world. In fact, we're witnessing the emergence of a new kind of leadership--network or systems leadership. This leadership is less about position, authority, management, or control, and much more about facilitating the work of others: engaging, connecting, and catalyzing members of the network, and helping them to self-organize to achieve shared goals. It requires new mindsets, tools, skills and behaviors--not least of which is a strong understanding of group dynamics.

In this session we'll take a "deep dive" into network leadership. You'll learn the difference between organizational and network leadership, and how to "straddle" both frames in your work. You'll have a chance to experiment with and develop some of the new mindsets and skills needed to be a more effective as a network leader. And, you'll leave with a greater appreciation of how your own leadership, and that of others in your network, is a critical success factor in making collective impact work.

This session begins Thursday, March 26 at 2pm and ends Friday, March 27 at noon. 

Schedule:

  • Thursday, March 26: 2pm - 6:30pm
  • Friday, March 27: 7:30am - 12pm

Register for this session.

About Heather McLeod Grant

This session will be lead by Heather McLeod Grant a consultant, advisor, speaker, and trainer with more than twenty years experience in the social sector. She is the co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and numerous other articles. Formerly she worked at McKinsey and Monitor Institute, and she holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB from Harvard.

2015 Champions for Change - Washington, DC is Sold Out.

Register for 2015 Champions for Change - Calgary, AB

19 Comments

Mette Margrethe Elf

backbone organization

Hello Collective Impact

This course sounds very interesting. I would like to know if there is a difference between the sessions in Washington and Calgary.

Kind regards,

Mette Margrethe Elf /Head of backbone secretariat, Realdania.org

Submitted by Mette Margrethe Elf on Wed, 2014-11-12 05:57

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Thank you for your question! The programs for DC and Calgary will be very similar, with the purpose being that if you can't make one, you would get a very similar program at the other. The main faculty will be the same at both, but some of the sesssions, although similar in content, may have different leads.

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Wed, 2014-11-12 15:30

Can you send me information on the repeat of this event that will be in Calgary the following month?

Submitted by Jan Garbett on Wed, 2014-11-12 15:55

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Sure thing. We'll also be adding it to our Events section once the registration is up, so information can be found there as well: http://collectiveimpactforum.org/events

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Wed, 2014-11-12 15:58

I'd like to know the details on the Canada course. When would we be able to register for that and will there be the networking portion added on this too?

Submitted by Jan Garbett on Wed, 2014-11-12 15:56

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Registration for the Calgary event will open up soon--later this month. There will be a reception during the event for mingling. Much of the event will also be about connecting with others working in collective impact.

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Wed, 2014-11-12 16:00

I was interested if there would be something similar to the DC post conference session “The Art of Network Leadership” with Heather McLeod Grant that will be held March 26-27 at the same venue. (Cost: $295. Space is limited to 100 attendees.)

 

Submitted by Jan Garbett on Wed, 2014-11-12 16:03

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Thanks for asking. For the Calgary event, since it's Wednesday-Friday (April 15-17, 2015), there will not be an additional day after for the leadership training course, so it will just be the three-day backbone workshop.

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Fri, 2014-11-21 15:20

Is a more detailed agenda for the DC conference available, or more information about who will be leading the sessions?

Submitted by Grace Katabaruki on Fri, 2014-11-14 15:55

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

We are still finalizing the 2015 agenda, but you can view the 2014 agenda here. (PDF) The 2015 program will be very similar in structure and content to the 2014 program. Confirmed speakers include Paul Born and Liz Weaver (Tamarack Institute), Fay Hanleybrown and John Kania (FSG), and Paul Schmitz (Collective Impact Forum).

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Fri, 2014-11-14 17:36

Alison Sutton

backbone organization

Hi - Alison Sutton here from Auckland New Zealand. My organisation is the backbone for an emerging Collective Impact project, still in development. Is the 215 Washington Forum for aby backbone organisation? And if I attend, it will be without any other stakeholders. What are your thoughts on whether this forum is a good starting place for emerging initiatives?

Submitted by Alison Sutton on Wed, 2014-11-26 02:42

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Thanks, Alison. The content for the workshops is geared towards those in the backbone role, so whether a backbone organization is just starting out or are in a later stage of their initiative, there should be content of interest to support those focusing on backbone work.

From this past year, about half the registrants are coming from backbone organizations, while others are coming from other areas, like funding collective impact efforts, serving on a partnering organization, or are interesting in learning more about collective impact. Some attendees come in teams, while others are representing their organization. We do have parts of the event that allow those at a similar stage of action gather together for peer-learning, so coming in from an emerging or new initiative can work well since there will be others at that stage as well. (And some of the breakout sessions, such as the "Nuts & Bolts of Collective Impact" are great for those who are newer to CI.)

If you haven't had a chance yet, I recommend reviewing our 2014 agenda since the 2015 program will be very similar in content, and you can see if what we're doing looks interesting to you: http://collectiveimpactforum.org/sites/default/files/event-files/Sample_2014_Champions_for_Change_Workshop_Agenda_SF.pdf

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Wed, 2014-11-26 20:32

Jozi De Leon

backbone organization

I attended the Champions for Change Conference in Vancouver last year.  Is it possible to just attend the post-conference session?  I am assuming that this conference and the one in Vancouver are the same. 

Submitted by Jozi De Leon on Mon, 2014-12-15 10:51

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Thanks for asking! Because you took the Champions for Change workshop in Vancouver this year, it's fine to sign-up for the optional Leadership training workshop on March 26-27. When you sign-up for it, we'll touch base with our workshop organizing team to explain the circumstances.

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Mon, 2014-12-15 16:28

Gaylotta Murray

partner organization

Our thanks to the forum for awarding our organization two scholarships for the conference. We are a state/federally funded nonprofit collaborative where everyone works contractually and there is no line item for conferences/travel. After adding up the total anticipated out of pocket costs for conference attendance we realized that it would not be affordable even with the scholarships.

Our organization is currently engaged in a collective impact initiative where another organization serves as the backbone organization. We have found collective impact to be a valuable tool that helps us to focus on shared agendas and measurements and achieve impact in our early childhood work. What we would like to know is if anyone could suggest other avenues for support and training regarding being a backbone organization.

Submitted by Gaylotta Murray on Wed, 2015-02-04 13:21

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Thank you for commenting, Gaylotta. We are sorry to hear you are unable to attend, but we totally understand. For other learning opportunities, I would first recommend seeing if there are any other events in the events section that look interesting. Webinars especially can be good learning opportunities (with thankfully no travel costs.)

The resource library has some archived webinars as well, as well as some videos from last year's Champions for Change.

Collaborative Governance (Video)
Evaluation and Shared Measurement (Video)
Evaluating Collective Impact (Webinar, free)
Communities Defining Quality Collective Impact (Webinar, free)
Too Much Collective, Too Little Impact: Aligning Multiple Initiatives in One Community (Webinar, free)

Also, Living Cities is developing an online learning curriculum related to collective impact that will launch in a couple months and we will be highlighting it on the Forum. It will also be free and will provide weekly readings and opportunities for peer learning and sharing.
 

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Wed, 2015-02-04 14:34

Hi Tracy, is the dress code business casual?

Submitted by Andy Pritchett on Tue, 2015-03-17 14:23

Tracy Timmons-Gray

administrator, backbone organization, community manager, funder of initiatives, partner organization, other, technical assistance provider / consultant, content administrator, blogger

Yes, it is business casual. I'm personally opting for very comfortable shoes. :-)

Submitted by Tracy Timmons-Gray on Tue, 2015-03-17 14:26

Thanks so much Tracy!

Submitted by Andy Pritchett on Tue, 2015-03-17 16:56