WORKSHOPS

Your space for making change

Upswell Workshops are designed for experimentation, creativity, and connection. They create an interactive venue for honing skills and rewarding curiosity. And they provide a platform for lively debate, collaboration, and brainstorming.

Humanity
The work we do as changemakers must be grounded in our humanity, and the humanity of those who touch and are touched by our work. Humanity workshops provide the chance to reconnect with core leadership values and to learn how to apply human-centered practices in pursuit of mission.

Racial Equity
Our country was founded on, and continues to perpetuate, systems of racism, oppression, and structural violence. Together, we must confront racial inequities. Racial equity workshops provide space to acquire new tools and techniques to advance racial equity in your personal and professional life.

Data and Technology
Technology continues to advance at a whiplash pace and touches nearly every aspect of changemakers’ work. In this track, participants of varying expertise will learn the latest trends and practices to leverage technology and data for greater impact.

Policy and Advocacy
Sustainable positive change can’t happen without public policy interventions. From Capitol Hill to City Hall, policy & advocacy workshops help seasoned experts and new advocates understand how to more effectively advance their cause.

Capacity Building
If you can do more, you can change more. Capacity building workshops are designed to expand your changemaker toolbox – and the ways that you think about how you do your work. Sharpen your skills or learn new ones. Either way, you’ll be even better equipped to make a difference.

Wednesday, November 14
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Strategies for Retaining Next Generation Leaders of Color

Racial Equity

You’ve hired diverse talent, but are you fostering an inclusive, equitable culture that builds and retains a diverse team? Join the 2018 American Express NGen Fellows for a candid conversation on how to retain next generation leaders of color. Hear stories of common workplace challenges faced by leaders of color and discuss the strategies organizations can use to avoid these pitfalls.

 

Wednesday, November 14
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Realizing the California Dream

Advocacy and Policy

In the face of all that we are confronting in our communities, what would it look like to set forth – and to pursue – a shared positive vision for the world starting in our own backyard?  This is a clarion call for unprecedented partnership and engagement from all sectors. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to contribute to a response to that question and come away with ideas and approaches to generate their own vision for an equitable, just, and inclusive state and country.

 

Wednesday, November 14
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Avoiding Potholes on the Road to Charitable Fundraising Compliance

Capacity Building

Most states regulate the solicitation of charitable donations. Navigating the maze of the registration and reporting requirements is often a daunting experience for nonprofits and their fundraisers. Beyond the varying laws and states’ expectations, there can be traps in organizations’ IRS Form 990s and financial statements. Tracy Boak, a Partner at Perlman & Perlman, a law firm dedicated to nonprofit law, provides participants with a road map on the registration, reporting and disclosure obligations under the various states’ solicitation laws and offers tips about how to avoid the potholes along the way.

 

Wednesday, November 14
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Upswell/Action Part 1

Upswell/Action

Think of Upswell/Action as an immersive, high-energy changework accelerator. Over the course of three days, you’ll be part of a team that will brainstorm, design, and create real-world strategies that imagine the future and chart a path through complex issues. Upswell/Action will explore what can happen at the intersection of housing, income, and youth – three issues that deeply affect nearly every aspect of society. This experience was co-designed and facilitated by The Social Impact Studio, which partners with mission-driven organizations to expand their impact through strategy, program, and service design. Learn more at https://upswell.org/upswellaction/

Pre-registration required. Please contact Marie LeBlanc at mariel@independentsector.org for more details.

 

Wednesday, November 14
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

The Secret Sauce of Scaling Through Partnerships

Capacity Building

Nonprofits are seeing an increased need for their services, and the desire to scale their programs to meet this need. In this workshop, you’ll challenge yourself to think differently about what it means to expand impact within a broader ecosystem of nonprofit players. You’ll also learn strategies on how using alliances can be leveraged in a way that strengthens a community’s overall ability to serve its people and needs. While applicable to all nonprofit leaders, it will be especially relevant to those nonprofit organizations that are ready for greater scale and are thinking strategically about how to make that happen.

Presented by BoardSource

 

Wednesday, November 14
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Building a Narrative for the Sector and Your Mission

Humanity

Everyone’s got a story. Small business has a narrative. So do various for-profit industries. But what’s the nonprofit sector’s story, and what’s your best elevator pitch about the value your organization brings? Don’t miss this workshop, where you’ll develop, test, and refine compelling messages that tell the story about the sector’s social change brand, and drive home the importance of your organization’s work.

 

Wednesday, November 14
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

Training the Next Generation of Leaders

Capacity Building

Transformative Action Institute is an award-winning social enterprise that seeks to be the Highlander Center for the 21st Century: the place that will train the next generation’s Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. It is based on scientific research on the most successful strategies for people to win when trying to make the world a better place: strategies that emphasize uplifting all people and transforming antagonists into allies. This workshop will share the curriculum and activities for empowering and training young people at high schools and colleges to change the world.

Presented by Transformative Action Institute

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Your 2019 Policy Game Plan

Advocacy and Policy

Elections are out of the way and it’s time for a policy reboot. Download the latest developments in the ever-changing world of policy at the national and state levels to get you ready to tackle all of the issues affecting your organization in 2019. Join experts to develop strategies on issues such as charitable giving, political activity, and taxes. You will leave the session armed with knowledge of the playing field and equipment needed to win the policy game in the coming year.

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Board Governance in a Digital Age

Humanity

Board oversight is charged with more risk than ever before, and directors’ decisions are judged on their speed and accuracy in the “digital age” – an era defined by technological disruption, high volatility, unpredictability, complexity, and ambiguity. In this session, you’ll learn about four different “behavior profiles” boards adopt to meet the pressures of the digital age, tactics for educating directors on technology topics, and how to help your board become more “digitally-minded” in its strategy.

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Applying Business Skills to Nonprofit Challenges

Humanity

Should nonprofits run more like businesses? While service to others remains at the core, managing charitable organizations is growing more complex and demanding – and driving the question about the need for formal management training as a necessary leadership skill set. Can MBA competencies help us address our challenges through a business lens, without losing our service perspective? You’ll leave this workshop with greater knowledge of local and national community needs, and the importance of incorporating “business skills” without losing your nonprofit values.

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Upswell/Action Part 2

Upswell/Action

Think of Upswell/Action as an immersive, high-energy changework accelerator. Over the course of three days, you’ll be part of a team that will brainstorm, design, and create real-world strategies that imagine the future and chart a path through complex issues. Upswell/Action will explore what can happen at the intersection of housing, income, and youth – three issues that deeply affect nearly every aspect of society. This experience was co-designed and facilitated by The Social Impact Studio, which partners with mission-driven organizations to expand their impact through strategy, program, and service design. Learn more at https://upswell.org/upswellaction/

Pre-registration required. Please contact Marie LeBlanc at mariel@independentsector.org for more details.

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

How to Use the Lean Methodology for Social Change

Data and Tech

Bring a real-world social challenge to this hands-on workshop and learn first-hand how to deliver greater impact at greater scale using “lean methodology.” Get ready to break out of business as usual, think big, identify your assumptions, and experiment with the process. And if you can attest to the power of lean methodology, share how you tackled your challenge, and help fellow participants tackle theirs.

Presented by Lean Impact

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Diagnosing Organizational Health: A Guide to Assessment Tools

Data and Tech

Whether you work at an organization or just interact with one, organizational capacity matters! Learn about the findings and vast array of tools that emerged from a landscape scan of organizational assessment tools. You’ll leave this workshop knowing how organizational assessment can help a nonprofit prioritize areas for improvement, and the factors that make an assessment more (or less) successful.

Presented by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Building Your Skills For a Race Equity Culture

Data and Tech, Racial Equity

The racial leadership gap is not a pipeline problem, but a structural problem that exists throughout the social sector. We all have a responsibility to ensure that racial equity isn’t just a lens we use in our work, but a reality for the entire charitable community. By first determining where your organization is strong, and where the opportunities for improvement exist, you’ll be on your way to achieving a diverse and equitable workplace and sector. In this interactive session, you’ll utilize data from Building Movement Project’s Race to Lead report, with Equity in the Center’s Awake, Woke, Work cycle, and leave the workshop knowing how to apply racial equity data and strategy to your mission.

Presented by Equity in the Center/ProInspire and Building Movement Project

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Designing with, Not for, Your Community

Humanity

We all know the traditional sector song of coming up with an idea, designing a project, securing funding, and then discussing with the target group and implementing the project. In this interactive workshop, you will learn about a new twist on this familiar beat that puts your community at the heart of the process. Come experience how community foundations are building new human-centered design muscle and applying innovative tools and methodologies with their own design challenge and see how you can begin to explore this approach with your community.

Presented by The Cleveland Foundation and Knight Foundation

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Extended Reality for Social Good

Data and Tech

As the private sector continues to develop Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to tell stories and sell products, the social sector is well poised to develop powerful experiences and campaigns that support powerful missions. This panel of nonprofit executives will discuss how their organizations have effectively used this new technology to improve lives and deepen relationships. You will learn more about how extended reality can position your organization as a sector leader in the eyes of funders.

 

Thursday, November 15
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Leading with Compassion

Humanity

Want to know the secret to making better decisions, building trust, growing your network of followers, and substantially increasing the impact of your work? Compassion. That might sound simple – and obvious – but as it turns out, most leaders think that compassion means “being soft or nice” or “loving everyone.” And most leaders are wrong! This workshop explores the theory and practice of compassion and teaches you exactly how to use it to strengthen your leadership (and achieve all of the things listed above).

Presnted by Leading Through Connection

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Staying Nonpartisan in a Politically Charged Environment

Advocacy and Policy

What do you do when someone suddenly declares your mission a partisan issue? In a society where everything is red or blue, how do you change systems without getting pulled down into the partisan muck? Hear from experts why it’s critically important for nonprofits to participate in public debates on partisan issues, even when our instinct is to disengage. You will leave this session with the skills to wade into controversial issues in service of your mission, but also maintain your credentials as a trusted purple place in your community.

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Attract and Retain an Inclusive, Impactful Nonprofit Workforce

Capacity Building

No longer buzzwords, “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” are business imperatives for most companies in the private sector, and your organization may soon be held to that same standard – all while operating with limited resources.During this session, you will hear why only one-third of nonprofits made attracting and hiring diverse talent and building an inclusive workforce actual priorities in 2018. You’ll also get a look at Nonprofit HR’s predictions for 2019, including understanding the gaps that exist in social sector data and best practices and how future research initiatives may help.

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

How Healthy is the Nonprofit Sector?

Advocacy and Policy

Just as fitness and wellness tracking programs help us monitor our personal well-being, tracking the nonprofit sector’s health can be a valuable resource for funders, policymakers, and advocates working to meet nonprofit needs and improve the environment in which we work. Join a team of experts for a discussion about plans for a Nonprofit Sector Health Index and learn how early findings related to financial health, voting, and employment may be indicators about the road ahead.

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Five Steps to Greater Social Impact

Humanity

Good intentions are important, but real impact is what matters most. If you want your changework to be faster, more efficient, and more effective, then this workshop is for you! Using five fundamentals of Lean Innovation you’ll learn how to rethink your interactions with stakeholders and join the next wave of social impact trailblazers.

Check out a preview of this session from the Upswell blog.

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Equitable Engagement & Transforming Philanthropy

Humanity

The voices of those most impacted by the issues addressed in the nonprofit community are essential in creating equitable and effective solutions. Equitably bringing those voices to the fore and co-creating program approaches is the focus of this session. This session, led by Strategy Arts, WOMEN’S WAY and CADRE, will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of how engagement promotes equity and informs programs for nonprofit service providers, funders, and other sectors and institutions that work with individuals experiencing the challenges they address. Attendees will dynamically explore strategies to deeply and equitably engage with their communities, to transform philanthropy’s role in it, and to develop an internal organizational culture that operationalizes equity through transparency.

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What to Do When Machines Do Everything

The rise of artificial intelligence is the great story of our time. Even when machines “do everything,” there will still be lots for humans to do, but it won’t be the work we’re doing today. Based on brand new research from Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work, this session will explore and analyze the jobs of the future and present actionable advice and guidance on how you and your organization can be prepared to leverage the incredible new opportunities intelligent machines are generating.

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Upswell/Action Part 3

Upswell/Action

Think of Upswell/Action as an immersive, high-energy changework accelerator. Over the course of three days, you’ll be part of a team that will brainstorm, design, and create real-world strategies that imagine the future and chart a path through complex issues. Upswell/Action will explore what can happen at the intersection of housing, income, and youth – three issues that deeply affect nearly every aspect of society. This experience was co-designed and facilitated by The Social Impact Studio, which partners with mission-driven organizations to expand their impact through strategy, program, and service design. Learn more at https://upswell.org/upswellaction/

Pre-registration required. Please contact Marie LeBlanc at mariel@independentsector.org for more details.

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A Decade Review of Philanthropy and Equity in California

Advocacy and Policy, Racial Equity

Ten years ago, the philanthropy community in California banded together to defeat regulation from the state to mandate that they fund communities of color—opting to instead, self-regulate. How did that go? Did nonprofits run by people of color, serving communities of color get the money they would have if government mandated it? Which nonprofits benefited from “self-regulation” and which are still left out of the process? In this session, you’ll explore the opportunities and challenges with self regulating equity and how successes can be replicated elsewhere.

Presented by Building Movement Project

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Problem With Large-Scale Philanthropy

Advocacy and Policy

Large-scale philanthropy can pose large-scale problems for its grantee organizations, intended beneficiaries, and for democratic decision making more broadly. Join scholars and practitioners in a conversation about the nature of problems and potential solutions, including requiring broader participation in grantmaking, greater transparency, modifying the charitable tax deduction, and limiting advocacy, and leave with ideas for solutions in the future.

Presented by Stanford Law School

 

Thursday, November 15
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Civic Saturday at Upswell

Humanity

Civic Saturday is an analogue to church, synagogue, mosque, temple: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place. But it’s not rooted in theology. Instead, it’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us—and about moral sense-making in this time of upheaval. Join the team from Citizen University for an engaging and inspiring taste of their popular traveling civic ritual as we revisit and nurture a spirit of shared purpose.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Technology for Humans

Data and Tech

At this moment in history, there’s no shortage of work to do in movement-building, resistance, resource mobilization and advocacy. How can we leverage technology to do that work at scale, while maintaining the skills and empathy that are uniquely human? Explore how you can use technology to harness and grow empathy. You’ll leave with insights from innovative use cases, a strong grasp of some of the available tools, and a fresh take on how technology can help us connect, rather than divide our communities.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Policy Battle Between Idealism and Pragmatism

Advocacy and Policy

Nonprofits often face policy decisions that pit our ideals (what we really need) against compromise (what we can get). Join us for a discussion about the rewards and pitfalls of these two strategies, featuring a case study on charitable giving. You will leave with better understanding of this common policy challenge and strategies to overcome potential deadlock in your own policy work or coalition.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Starting a Marketing Revolution at Your Nonprofit

Capacity Building

For far too long, the nonprofit sector has thought far too small about the role of marketing and communications. However, there are organizations that are bucking the status quo and redefining the role marketing plays in advancing their missions. In this interactive session, you’ll learn about the 10 commitments effective organizations must make to drive maximum mission impact through marketing. Then, you’ll learn how to evaluate your nonprofit’s marketing weaknesses and opportunities, so you can start your own marketing revolution.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Demystifying Nonprofit and Foundation Collaboration

Capacity Building

Are you looking to understand how you can strengthen the impact in your community? Join this interactive panel session to gain valuable insights on how you can build collaboration opportunities amongst your peers and between funders and nonprofits. The panelists will share knowledge and information on how to use data and insights to identify collaboration opportunities, learn about different types of collaboration examples (with case studies), and get hints and tips on how to get started.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Moving Beyond Intention to Action on DEI and Talent

Racial Equity

You will explore three habits that every organization can embed in its talent systems to create a more inclusive culture and leadership pipeline. Participants will have a chance to reflect on their current practices, hear tips on how to jumpstart new habits, and explore the proven tools Bridgespan uses in its Investing in Future Leaders program for nonprofit executive teams.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Building Values-Driven Boards

Capacity Building

There are endless, and sometimes contradictory, priorities when recruiting new board members. In this workshop, you will learn how to build values-driven, leadership-based nonprofit boards. Through reflecting on your own leadership journey, you’ll learn how to develop and implement strong, sustainable group norms for a board and get key take aways to guide your boards to the next level.

Presented by Echoing Green

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

How Changemaking Mayors Are Building Trust and Community

Advocacy and Policy

Across the country, mayors are shaking up the relationship between government and community by reframing conversations toward on-the-ground solutions and working directly with residents to build trust. Hear from changemaking mayors who are tackling issues such as income inequality, health disparities, and public safety by bringing positive change to scale and making a real difference for communities often left behind.

Presented by Cities of Service

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Faith Factor in Social Purpose

Humanity

We all have faith in something. We wouldn’t be drawn to social change work if we didn’t. If our national narrative is a composite of its individual parts, then finding common ground in the hope it takes to transform our world is paramount. This presentation will offer a non-polarizing setting to learn what drives changemakers across worldviews.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Upswell/Action Part 4

Upswell/Action

Think of Upswell/Action as an immersive, high-energy changework accelerator. Over the course of three days, you’ll be part of a team that will brainstorm, design, and create real-world strategies that imagine the future and chart a path through complex issues. Upswell/Action will explore what can happen at the intersection of housing, income, and youth – three issues that deeply affect nearly every aspect of society. This experience was co-designed and facilitated by The Social Impact Studio, which partners with mission-driven organizations to expand their impact through strategy, program, and service design. Learn more at https://upswell.org/upswellaction/

Pre-registration required. Please contact Marie LeBlanc at mariel@independentsector.org for more details.

 

Thursday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Incubating Grassroots Social Entrepreneurship

Humanity

How can we harness wealth, increase access to opportunities, and generate positive social change for underserved communities, while continuing to empower grassroot entrepreneurs and the communities where they live and serve? Join this interactive discussion with emerging leaders and changemakers whose cutting-edge work to combine civic engagement and social innovation has exciting implications for philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. We’ll feature the experience of the Social Entrepreneurship Engagement & Development Lab (SEED Lab) and watch pitch sessions by participants in the 2018 SEED Lab, collaboration of the Caravanserai Project, Center for Social Innovation at University of California, Riverside, and Independent Sector.

To learn more about the projects that will be pitched, please visit SEED Lab.

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Online Fundraising in a Rapid Response World

Data and Tech

In the current media landscape, where the narrative changes rapidly and causes can be thrust into the spotlight at a moment’s notice, it can be tough to create a sustainable fundraising plan and stick to it. Having a digital fundraising program can help! With the right tools and a rapid response plan, you can use online fundraising to bottle lightning and give your supporters a way to take direct action! We’ll talk about best practices for digital fundraising programs in general and how to make effective donation asks during your big, and often unexpected, moments. Finally, we’ll talk about how to follow up with donors and keep them engaged long after their initial commitment.

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Advocacy Without Fear

Advocacy and Policy

Public sentiment reflects support for nonprofits taking on a larger role in public policy and advocacy – but often the funding doesn’t follow. In this interactive discussion, you will learn to leverage available advocacy tools to gain donor support for advocacy efforts. Walk away with an actionable framework you can use to discuss your organization’s advocacy ambitions with your donors.

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 10:30 am

How Change Happens

Capacity Building

Movements matter—today as much as ever. Yet some changes take hold, while others don’t. Take tobacco. Just a couple of decades ago, people smoked pretty much everywhere; now the harmful habit’s been dramatically reduced. How did so many abandon this highly addictive behavior? Based on several years of research, participants will leave this session with six key factors that explain why winning movements triumph. You will learn how you can apply these best practices toward advancing emerging movements like Me Too, Never Again, and Black Lives Matter, and connect them with your everyday work.

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Upswell/Action Part 5

Upswell/Action

Think of Upswell/Action as an immersive, high-energy changework accelerator. Over the course of three days, you’ll be part of a team that will brainstorm, design, and create real-world strategies that imagine the future and chart a path through complex issues. Upswell/Action will explore what can happen at the intersection of housing, income, and youth – three issues that deeply affect nearly every aspect of society. This experience was co-designed and facilitated by The Social Impact Studio, which partners with mission-driven organizations to expand their impact through strategy, program, and service design. Learn more at https://upswell.org/upswellaction/

Pre-registration required. Please contact Marie LeBlanc at mariel@independentsector.org for more details.

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Weaving Equity and Inclusion into Community-Based Work

Racial Equity

In recent years, United Way has led efforts to focus and address the underlying issues of race and unequal opportunity in places like St. Louis, MO and Racine County, WI. Learn from the leaders who held those conversations in order to build your own awareness of practices you can adopt to better focus your work on racial equity. You will acquire tips on how to engage other community organizations as a partner and connect with session participants who are tackling similar issues in their communities.

Presented by United Way Worldwide

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Settling Differences, Making Change

Humanity

Dialogue and collaboration are difficult in our ideologically charged world. How do we push past our discomfort and differences to begin focusing on collective action and shared solutions? Explore how to move beyond stereotypes and begin fostering the trust needed to work across ideology to tackle intractable problems.

Presented by Convergence

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Tracking Racial Inequity in California

Racial Equity

When it comes to some of society’s most complicated challenges – like racial inequity – finding solutions can feel like an overwhelming proposition. But a brighter future comes quickly into focus when you can clearly measure and act on data. In California, the Race Counts initiative has pioneered a data model that precisely identifies and tracks racial inequity. With a cutting edge virtual tool, Race Counts measures overall performance, amount of racial disparity, and impact by population size of each of California’s 58 counties, and then pairs that analysis with actionable research and on-the-ground mobilization campaigns. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to use the Race Counts tool to make a difference in your own work and community.

Presented by Advancement Project California

 

Friday, November 16
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Transformative Solidarity in California – The Next Frontier of the Equity Movement

Advocacy and Policy

Join this workshop to learn about how California and national movement leaders are advancing a shared vision for an inclusive, just, and prosperous California for all through transformative solidarity. Presenters will share work underway and respondents will reflect on what it takes to unify a movement which operates at unprecedented scale and depth.

 

Friday, November 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Upswell/Action Part 6

Upswell/Action

Think of Upswell/Action as an immersive, high-energy changework accelerator. Over the course of three days, you’ll be part of a team that will brainstorm, design, and create real-world strategies that imagine the future and chart a path through complex issues. Upswell/Action will explore what can happen at the intersection of housing, income, and youth – three issues that deeply affect nearly every aspect of society. This experience was co-designed and facilitated by The Social Impact Studio, which partners with mission-driven organizations to expand their impact through strategy, program, and service design. Learn more at https://upswell.org/upswellaction/

Pre-registration required. Please contact Marie LeBlanc at mariel@independentsector.org for more details.

 

Friday, November 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Beyond Being an Ally

Racial Equity

You feel like you have a good grasp of the data and some understanding of the history of race in America. You even know you have more to learn, that this is a journey. But knowing what that means in how you structure everything, from your org chart to your weekly meetings while creating an inclusive organizational culture, is still not easy for you. Learn how you can use what you know about race and power dynamics and be open to what you may not yet understand, to build an organization that makes a difference, while you are busy making a difference.

Presented by AchieveMission

 

Friday, November 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Taking Big Bets for Transformational Change

Capacity Building

There has never been a more important time for organizations to make big bets and take on potentially transformational goals to solve community problems. In this interactive workshop, a nonprofit’s board and staff leadership will share their experience transforming their organization to focus on a ‘north star’ result of improving educational outcomes for foster youth. The workshop will share lessons learned and provide a space for you to explore how you can revolutionize your ways—from strategic planning to organizational culture to marketing and fundraising strategy–to achieve truly changemaking results in your communities.

Presented by Treehouse

 

Friday, November 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Fostering a Healthy Democracy

Humanity

In a world that feels divided socially and politically, it can be reassuring to know there are approaches you can implement today to make values-based connections. This workshop will provide a variety of ways that are being successfully used to bridge divides. Learn and experience ways to connect with others with whom you may disagree and how to find space to consider shared values.

 

Friday, November 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Sustaining Collective Action Through Setbacks

Advocacy and Policy

You are 10 years into your mission and the indicators of progress do not look good, but research has shown long-term policy gains can take 10-30 years to materialize. How do you persevere? Using case studies of homelessness in Los Angeles and Seattle and marriage equality in California, you will learn how to do all of the right things to assess, celebrate, and keep people motivated as you work for your mission.

 

Friday, November 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Aligning Organizational Ethics with 21st Century Challenges

Humanity, Racial Equity

#MeToo. Standing Rock. Living wages. Black Lives Matter – complicated issues that challenge the meaning of being an ethical and responsible institution. This workshop’s interactive activities and group conversations will focus on reframing organizational ethics to align with 21st century challenges. You’ll also build deeper relationships and a greater appreciation for the complexity of social issues and the challenges in addressing them.

 

Friday, November 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The New Normal for Evidence Building

Data and Tech

The evidence ecosystem is shifting. This workshop will provide a concrete framework based on case studies, which will provide you with practical examples and ways to explore, learn, and plan for your own evidence journey. You’ll get a clear understanding of how the evidence system is changing, its impact on organizational structure, the considerations and use of data, and most importantly, how evidence supports community-embraced solutions.

Presented by Project Evident