Pop-Up #2


JUNE 5, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 PM ET

What might one of the most influential changemakers on the planet have to say about the health and future of civil society? You’re invited to find out for yourself at the second Upswell Pop-Up!

We are tremendously excited to announce that Nobel Peace Prize-winner Jody Williams will join us on June 5 for a powerful conversation with Lynne Twist (author of The Soul of Money) and Dan Cardinali (Independent Sector) about what it means to lead in the face of global uncertainty.

Then, we’ll explore the remarkable mechanics of an Illinois partnership between philanthropy, business leaders, and donors that raised $60 million in COVID-19 relief in just 30 days – and deployed the funds in only a week’s time — by deconstructing and totally imagining their operational processes.

We’ll also have some inspiration from artists, some time to refocus your mind…and a major announcement about a brand new Upswell initiative. We can’t tell you anything else yet. But you’re going to want to tune in to be the first to hear it.

1:00-1:55p ET

Leveraging the Power of Women to Create a More Peaceful World

Can human suffering be the catalyst for extraordinary change and fuel movements to create a more just and equitable civil society?

Join Dan Cardinali and Lynne Twist, co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance and award-winning author of The Soul of Money, for a stirring conversation with Jody Williams -– awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Prize with her.

Named in 2004 in Forbes Magazine’s first annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, Jody has been a lifelong advocate of self-determination, human, and civil rights.

You’ll get to hear from and ask Jody about the origin of her grassroots activism and why peace is not a “utopian vision.” Her dogged pursuit of sustainable peace and justice will re-energize your commitment to a more equitable civil society.

Jody Williams
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Lynne Twist
Soul of Money Institute

Dan Cardinali
President and CEO
Independent Sector

1:55-2:00p ET

Spoken Word: Eye Wrighte

Join Fred Fu for a spoken word focused on using arts to empower and encourage changemakers during these uncertain times.

Eye Wrighte, is a poem mixing the concept of “eye” for self; as the ”I”. “Wrighte” is the fact that the writer “writes”, what is “right” for them. No one else matters to the writer, in the moment due to the “wrighteing” being for one person only; the writer.

Fred Fu

2:00-2:55p ET

Inside a $60 Million Burst of Innovation for Pandemic Relief

Across the nation, we are being challenged to respond to COVID-19 and its impact on families, nonprofits and the structure of the health and human services sector. In Illinois, philanthropy, business leaders and donors quickly joined forces in an unprecedented fashion to create two response funds that raised $60 million in just 30 days and deployed funding to front-line agencies in one week.

Hear how these organizations reinvented their processes to quickly set up fundraising round tables, create grant guidelines and review applications, in addition to coordinating their fundraising and marketing-communications teams to manage donors and promote the response funds. You’ll also learn how agencies like Austin Coming Together quickly utilized their grants to help families meet their basic needs in this time of crisis.

Fred Blackwell
The San Francisco Foundation

Sean Garrett
United Way of Metro Chicago

Helene Gayle
President and CEO
Chicago Community Trust

Penny Pritzker
Founder and Chairman
PSP Partners

Darnell Shields
Executive Director
Austin Coming Together

Gloria Yen
Director of the New American Welcome Center
YMCA of the University of Illinois

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