What? More workshops, you say?

What? More workshops, you say?

// By Jacqueline Brennan

We did, indeed! More workshops mean opportunities for new perspectives, fresh takes on stubborn challenges, and new approaches and ways of thinking from a variety of engaging experts who’ll inspire you to breathe new energy and determination into your mission work.

This newest wave of workshops covers a range of topics as different and varied as the changemakers who’ll be at Upswell in November – from the 2020 elections, to common challenges facing rural and urban America, to digital fundraising best practices and strategies, to insights from 12 emerging leaders on how we should approach the future, to an examination of the impact of spirituality on your change work.

Catch up on the latest workshops and inspiring presenters to join our lineup:

What Do We Want from the 2020 Candidates?

Recent election results have had a huge impact on nonprofits and the communities we serve, and it’s imperative that candidates address our most critical issues. But how do we break through the harsh campaign noise to get their attention?

Ben Kershaw, director of public policy and government relations at Independent Sector, will dive into the policy areas that are vital to the sector’s health and help us shape and rally around a 2020 election agenda.


How to be the Expert in the 2020 Elections

Who can make sense of the ocean of 2020 election information that’s floating around? It might surprise you to know that nonprofits are among the best at it! Research shows nonprofits are among America’s most trusted information sources. So why do many organizations shy away from speaking up during election season?

Lindsay Torrico, senior director of policy and advocacy at United Way Worldwide, will show you how to use your expertise to help voters, donors, and volunteers better understand the issues that impact your mission.


Building Rural & Urban Partnerships for a Stronger America

America’s rural and urban issues and potential solutions aren’t as dissimilar as you think. When it comes to changework, many of the biggest challenges and opportunities are common across differences, and change can grow exponentially when rural and urban communities collaborate.

Paul D. Daugherty, president and CEO at Philanthropy West Virginia, will draw on collaborative experiences from states like Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia to consider how “rural and urban” are busting stereotypes and can work together to create exponential positive change.

Bottling Lightning with Digital Fundraising

The 24/7 news cycle can make it tough to stick to your fundraising plan. But you can use the right strategy and tools to help your community act directly in rapid response moments and strengthen your long-term fundraising.

Adri Rosembert and Cherokee Belval from ActBlue will help you craft a compelling theory of change to motivate supporters during big rallying moments, and share tools and best practices for an adaptable digital fundraising program that will keep supporters engaged after headlines have changed.


2019 American Express NGen Fellows Presentation

When 12 of the country’s most innovative, creative, and bold young leaders put their minds together, the results can be mind-blowing!Join the 2019 American Express NGen Fellows cohort in this high-energy, interactive workshop for the scoop on their year-long engagement, how they tackled huge topics like systems change and adaptive leadership, and their insights on why we must approach the future with optimism and resilience – together.

Sponsored by American Express


The Changing Landscape of Religion, Spirituality, and Identity in America

To change minds and motivate people, you must tap into their moral beliefs, and for millions of Americans, spirituality and/or religion are key sources of those beliefs.

Fetzer Institute and Hattaway
have joined for a groundbreaking study of spirituality in America that explores how we experience and practice spirituality within and outside traditional religions. Learn how to connect your changemaking work to deeply held beliefs that give people hope, in humanity and the greater good, and in the meaning and purpose in life.

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