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

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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!

2018 Workshop Agenda: To see the current line-up of sessions, please view the 2018 workshop agenda here. (PDF)

*This agenda is still in development and may change.


What Attendees have said about Champions for Change

“I've attended and planned plenty of conferences, and this was one of the best designed and managed I've seen. The pace was brisk without being exhausting, and it was highly interactive throughout.”

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

“I really enjoyed the interaction that was provided. This fostered learning from each other as well as from the presenters!”

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).

Refund Policy - Please note

Full refunds will be offered until Friday, August 24, and partial refunds will be offered (less a $150 administration fee) until Friday, September 14.  Refunds cannot be made after September 14, but substitutions are possible. Substitution names must be confirmed and submitted by Friday, September 28.

Scholarship Applications Now Open – Applications due June 30, 2018

A limited number of scholarships for a registration discount are available for this workshop. This discount will bring registration down to $350 for the full workshop. The due date for scholarship applications is June 29, 2018, and decisions will be made by July 13, 2018.

Apply for a Registration Scholarship

Scholarship priorities are to help subsidize registration for those whose organizational budgets are less than $500,000, or who are from an underrepresented group within nonprofit leadership. People of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify on the LGBTQIA spectrum (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) are encouraged to apply.