Join us on October 16 - 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA at the 2018 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 previous successful Champions for Change learning events held in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Dates: Tuesday, October 16 – Thursday, October 18, 2018

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Stay Tuned! Registration and scholarships will open Spring 2018!


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 a collective impact initiative over the long term

Join us in Los Angeles this October 16-18, 2018 for our longest-running and most popular training—Champions for Change!

“Excellent conference - provided much needed content and dialogue on the role and structure of the backbone organization.” - Champions 2015 Attendee

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).

For a sample of prevous Champions for Change workshops, view the 2016 workshop agenda here.