Register

Upswell is where every voice is heard and every good idea is considered. The registration structure is designed to make sure that you can be part of the experience, regardless of budget or organizational affiliation. Explore the six registration options to find the right fit for you.

Core

Drawing on the resources of an organization, business or government agency, you can afford to pay the “true cost” of the Upswell experience.

$900


$600
| $900 | $1050 | $1200

What’s Included?
Three-Day Access Pass
Main Stage Talks
Workshops
Access to the Public Square
Lunch on Thursday & Friday
Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Subsidized

Coming from a small nonprofit or foundation (less than $1 million in annual revenue or grantmaking), Upswell is only realistic for you with a subsidized rate.

$600

Limited Quantity Available

 

$500 | $600 | $650 | $700

What’s Included?
Three-Day Access Pass
Main Stage Talks
Workshops
Access to the Public Square
Lunch on Thursday & Friday
Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Premium

You want all the benefits of Core Admission, plus exclusive networking events, access to Main Stage speakers, and tickets to two community events.

$1400

$1200

for Independent Sector members

What’s Included?
Three-Day Access Pass
Main Stage Talks
Workshops
Access to the Public Square
Lunch on Thursday and Friday
Networking Events
Chicago Inside & Out Ticket
Community Dinner Ticket
Main Stage Meet & Greets
Exclusive Networking Experiences

Add-ons
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Equity

You know that change can only happen when everyone has a seat at the table. In addition to your own Core Access registration, you’ll contribute one Subsidized Access registration to a fund that covers the participation cost for deserving changemakers who couldn’t otherwise attend.

$1500

 

$1100 | $1500 | $1700 | $1900

What’s Included?
Three-Day Access Pass for You
Core Access Pass for a Changemaker
Main Stage Talks
Workshops
Access to the Public Square
Lunch on Thursday & Friday
Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Independent

You’re a community leader or a volunteer working to make the world better without any formal organizational affiliation or resources.

$300

Limited Quantity
Available

What’s Included?
Three-Day Access Pass
Main Stage Talks
Workshops
Access to the Public Square
Lunch on Thursday & Friday
Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Exhibitor Packages

As an exhibitor, Upswell puts you right in the thick of the energetic, high traffic Public Square. You’ll have the chance to meet more than 1,500 changemakers — and with a 38:1 ratio of attendees to exhibitors, you’ll have their attention, too.

$2775 Gold

$2375 Silver

 

What’s Included?
 One 3-Day Access Pass
✓ 8’ x 10’ booth space and décor package
Logo and description on the Upswell site/app
✓ Access to attendees on the Upswell app
✓ Standard booth location

Gold Package Exclusives

Priority Booth Location
20 Minute Presentation on the Spotlight Stage
+ Additional 20 Minute Presentation ($250)

Fellowships

Upswell aspires to be a community that is truly diverse – in race, mission, experience, geography, budget and more. We recognize that cost can be a barrier participation. If selected for a fellowship, you’ll receive a Premium registration to Upswell Chicago, plus have access to exclusive networking opportunities with other Upswell Fellows.

Applications

Due 7/30

 

What’s Included?

Three-Day Premium Access Pass
 Exclusive Fellows Networking Events
Promotion on the Upswell blog
✓ Hotel and travel (MA,ND,SD,MN,PA only)

Who Can Apply?

Fellowships are currently available for changemakers working at organizations with less than $1 million annual in annual revenue or grantmaking and located in MA, ND, SD, MN, Greater Pittsburgh, or Greater Chicago.

Register

Upswell is where every voice is heard and every good idea is considered. The registration structure is designed to make sure that you can be part of the experience. Explore the six registration options to find the right fit for you.

Core Access | $900

Core

Drawing on the resources of an organization, business or government agency, you can afford to pay the “true cost” of the Upswell experience.

$900

What’s Included?
Three-Day Access Pass
Main Stage Talks
Workshops
Access to the Public Square
Lunch on Thursday & Friday
Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Subsidized Access | $600

Subsidized

Coming from a small nonprofit or foundation (less than $1 million in annual revenue or grantmaking), Upswell is only realistic for you with a subsidized rate.

$600

What’s Included?
Three-Day Access Pass
Main Stage Talks
Workshops
Access to the Public Square
Lunch on Thursday & Friday
Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Premium Access | $1400

Premium

You want all the benefits of Core Admission, plus exclusive networking events, access to Main Stage speakers, and tickets to two community events. (Independent Sector members save $200)

$1400

$1200 for Independent Sector Members

What’s Included?
 Three-Day Access Pass
 Main Stage Talks
 Workshops
 Access to the Public Square
 Lunch on Thursday and Friday
 Networking Events
 Chicago Inside & Out Ticket
 Community Dinner Ticket
 Main Stage Meet & Greets
 Exclusive Networking Experiences

Add-ons
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Equity Champion | $1500

Equity

You know that change can only happen when everyone has a seat at the table. In addition to your own Core Access registration, you’ll contribute one Subsidized Access registration to a fund that covers the participation cost for deserving changemakers who couldn’t otherwise attend.

$1500

What’s Included?
 Three-Day Access Pass for You
 Core Access Pass for a Changemaker
 Main Stage Talks
 Workshops
 Access to the Public Square
 Lunch on Thursday & Friday
 Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Individual Access | $300

Independent

You’re a community leader or a volunteer working to make the world better without any formal organizational affiliation or resources.

$300

What’s Included?
 Three-Day Access Pass
 Main Stage Talks
 Workshops
 Access to the Public Square
 Lunch on Thursday & Friday
 Networking Events

Add-ons
+ Chicago Inside & Out Tours ($60)
+ Community Dinners ($65)
+ Equity in the Center (11/12 – $300)

Exhibitor Packages | $2175-$2575

Exhibitor
Packages

As an exhibitor, Upswell puts you right in the thick of the energetic, high traffic Public Square. You’ll have the chance to meet more than 1,500 changemakers — and with a 38:1 ratio of attendees to exhibitors, you’ll have their attention, too.

$2575 Gold

$2175 Silver

What’s Included?
 One 3-Day Access Pass
✓ 8’ x 10’ booth space and décor package
 Logo and description on the Upswell site/app
✓ Access to attendees on the Upswell app
✓ Standard booth location

Gold Package Exclusives
 Priority Booth Location
 20 Minute Presentation on the Spotlight Stage
+ Additional 20 Minute Presentation ($250)

Book Your Stay

Hilton Chicago | 720 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL 60605

$269/night

The historic Hilton Chicago is our home base, but the entire city becomes our classroom and our canvas. With dozens of diverse and authentic venues for meals, receptions and mission-specific tours, you’re invited to experience Chicago’s neighborhoods in a whole new way.

Preview the Schedule

November 13-15, 2019

In the coming months, we’ll announce specific times for everything on the Upswell schedule so that you can customize your experience. As you’re planning your travel, check out the schedule-at-a-glance. Our recommendation? Plan to arrive early and stay late! There will be a lot to do on November 12 and Chicago is an incredible place to spend the weekend after Upswell.

FAQS

Here are the answers to the most common questions we receive. Don’t see your question below? Email info@upswell.org or call (202) 467-6161 and we’ll answer it quickly.

Upswell 2019 takes place in Chicago, IL, from November 13-15. When you’re not out exploring Chicago’s diverse communities, home base for Upswell is the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

As an Upswell participant, you can access a discounted rate of $269 per night (plus tax) at the Hilton Chicago. Click here to book your stay.

Lunch is included on Thursday and Friday. Also, the Chicago Inside and Out tours and Community Dinners include meals. These are included with Premium Access registration and available as add-ons for all other levels.

Booth location and space will be confirmed upon receipt of full payment. Please send all cancellation notices to Liz Culkin. Cancellations received by July 1, 2019 will be honored with a full refund less a $200 administrative fee. Cancellations received between July 2, 2019, and August 23, 2019, will receive a 50 percent refund of the total exhibitor registration fee. No cancellations will be possible after August 23, 2019.

Upswell registration follows a progressive pricing model, so the sooner you register, the lower the rate. Early Bird rates are in effect. “Independent” rates will remain at $300 until they are sold out.

If you need to make any changes or additions to your registration record, please email info@upswell.org or call (202) 467-6161.

We know schedules are hectic and you might only be available to join one day and a colleague might only be available the next. Since registrations are customized just for you, we ask that registrations not be shared.

Registration cancellation notices must be received in writing by September 6, 2019 via email at info@upswell.org. Conference registration cancellations received on or before September 6 are eligible for a refund less a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for requests received after September 6.

Yes! When you start the registration process, you’ll see a button for group registration. That path allows you to register multiple people from your organization at the same time. You can also easily customize each registration with things like tours and dinners.

You’ve probably seen “powered by Independent Sector” on the footer of this site. Located in Washington, DC, Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. You can learn more at independentsector.org.

Yes! If you are an Independent Sector member, you automatically receive a $200 discount on the Premium Access rate at Upswell. The discount is available until September 23. To learn more about membership (or see if you are already a member), you can reach us at membership@independentsector.org or call 202-467-6161.

If you’ve got a question that’s not answered here, we are here to assist! Please get in touch at (202) 467-6161 from 9:00am-5:00pm ET. If it isn’t urgent, you can also reach us at info@upswell.org and we’ll get back to you ASAP.