WORKSHOPS

We’re thrilled to share the first wave of ambitious, inventive, and even unconventional workshops that will be led by your fellow brilliant changemakers this fall in Chicago. The workshops come in two forms: shorter ones focused on big ideas and Deep Dives that spend a few hours intensely exploring issues and skills.

Check back often because there’s a lot more on the way!

Wednesday, November 13

9:30 am – 10:45 am

Closing the Death Gap on Chicago’s West Side

Chicago, Community Engagement

Lack of access to education, employment, and community investment are at the root of a death gap in Chicago, with life expectancy for West Side residents up to 16 years less than those living in the Loop just seven train stops away. Join this interactive workshop led by West Side United, a collaborative of hospitals, community organizations, and residents, to learn how they’re working to improve health and economic vitality in the city’s 10 West Side neighborhoods. You’ll have the chance to experience the Root Learning Map © exercise and discuss how to catalyze cross-sector change in your community.

Presented by Rush University Medical Center

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Solutions-driven Collaboration on Chicago’s West Side

Wednesday, November 13

9:30 am – 10:45 am

A Digital Policy Roadmap for Civil Society

Data and Tech

Civil society increasingly depends on digital data and infrastructure. This reality creates new “fences” for civil society action by everything from regulations on data privacy and ownership to corporate concentration across media. Despite efforts to improve digital security and data governance, civil society infrastructure groups have not adequately addressed the policy needs of nonprofits in a digital age. You will explore how digital public policy shapes civil society and how to build practical connections between civil society and digital policy experts.

Presented by Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

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Supporting Movements, Protecting Communities in the Digital Age

Wednesday, November 13

9:30 am – 10:45 am

Building Rural & Urban Partnerships for a Stronger America

Bridging Divides

When it comes to changework, forget separate strategies for rural and urban. the idea of a “rural strategy” or “urban strategy.” Many of America’s biggest opportunities and most intractable challenges are common across differences. When rural and urban communities collaborate, the scale of positive change grows exponentially. Drawing on lessons from states like Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia, we’ll explore how “rural and urban” are learning from each other, breaking down stereotypes, and using collaborative experiences to make a difference, no matter the community.

Presented by Philanthropy WV

Wednesday, November 13

9:30 am – 10:45 am

The StoryCorps Way: Eliciting Powerful Stories & Bridging Divides

Bridging Divides

The StoryCorps interview model helps people feel more connected and creates stories that remind us of the inherent worth of every person. Now with it’s One Small Step program, StoryCorps is bringing people together to record a conversation that breaks down barriers created by politics, and reminds us that we have more in common than what divides us. Learn more about StoryCorps’ innovative approaches that support people coming together to have otherwise impossible conversations, using their tools and questions.

Presented by StoryCorps

Wednesday, November 13

9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Power of Building Supportive Communities for Young Children and Families

Big Ideas, Chicago

Across the country, there is a growing movement of diverse leaders and advocates who are charting the course for how to build inclusive, equitable communities that support young children and families. These change makers are collaborating across programmatic silos and working across sectors to create a strong system of support for young children and families, strong enough to transform lives. We will share and celebrate stories of success, talk about what makes for compelling storytelling that can amplify the impact of community-generated change, and inspire others to undertake similar efforts.

Presented by Ounce of Prevention

Wednesday, November 13

9:30 am – 11:00 am

The Next Chapter of Impact

Big Ideas

How must we change the social sector to tackle tomorrow’s challenges? Much has been said about the shortcomings of philanthropy and social innovation, but what steps can we take to improve how we work for social change? This session will move beyond the hand wringing and criticism, toward building and action. Hosted by IDEO’s open innovation practice — OpenIDEO — this hands-on, collaborative, solutions-oriented workshop will harness the room’s creativity and expertise to prototype cross-sector solutions. The workshop will begin with a panel of sector leaders from GHR Foundation, Obama Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust and Chicago Beyond. Then we’ll break into small group ideation sessions that will borrow from design and systems thinking tools to identify ways to actively improve the social sector through your work, together.

Presented by OpenIDEO

Wednesday, November 13

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Enough Talk — How Foundations Can Live Their Racial Equity Strategy

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Equity in philanthropy is a hot topic as many organizations develop strategies to increase funding and impact in communities of color. But is there a difference between giving and living? Can philanthropic organizations ever truly achieve equitable giving if equity is not reflected in their everyday operations, practices, and values? Join us for this candid discussion of embracing equity from the inside out and building equitable practices internally that drive equitable outcomes externally.

Presented by Memphis Music Initiative

Wednesday, November 13

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Empowering Community Residents to Become Agents of Change

Policy and Advocacy

American laws traditionally have been shaped by donors, lobbyists, and others with the deepest pockets or best connections. So it comes as no surprise that public policies often neglect or deny equal opportunity to certain communities of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other characteristics. In this workshop, you’ll learn a community-driven approach to advocacy that can be used to build the political power of historically neglected groups.

Presented by Community-Driven Advocacy

Wednesday, November 13

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Building Empathy and Empowerment Through Storytelling

Community Engagement

Confronting individual bias and increasing empathy to build inclusive communities and enable individuals of all backgrounds to contribute and thrive has never been more important. And first-person storytelling furthers understanding better than facts alone. Learn how the power of storytelling can build trust and advance productive dialogue from Tea Rozman Clark, Executive Director of Green Card Voices. You’ll also gain insight into fostering understanding and inclusive communities through the group card game, “Story Stitch.”

Presented by Green Card Voices

Wednesday, November 13

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Designing and Building Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Big Ideas

Issues surrounding capacity building, inclusion, and diversity are challenging policymakers seeking to cultivate entrepreneurial ecosystems to rebuild postindustrial economies. Best practices gleaned from experiences in Detroit, Pontiac, and Fort Wayne can help. They include redefining the traditional label of “entrepreneur” to explicitly include and welcome marginalized and non-conforming identities pertaining to gender, race, location, or kind of work; negotiating changing funding landscapes, and mapping and building community assets to help diverse entrepreneurs thrive.

Presented by Wayne State University

Wednesday, November 13

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Adventurous Civility: Courage in a Time of Division

Bridging Divides, Chicago

At a moment of deep polarization in public life, the On Being Civil Conversations Project (CCP) seeks to model “speaking together differently so that we might learn to live together differently.” Our local partners in Barrington, Illinois will offer their experience embarking upon “A Year of Courageous Conversations.” What does it look like to engage a community proud of its civic engagement and close relationships, but where the absence of diversity creates space where people can be polite, but not courageous.Using the CCP Grounding Virtues as our guide, how can we practice skills for courageous conversation in public life.

Presented by The On Being Project

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Understanding the Language of Democracy

Big Ideas

Almost everything we do in changework is predicated on the ability to talk about what we believe and why it matters. And how we talk about democracy has become as charged as the complex issues at the heart of it. This is the basis of a new project aimed at understanding what our language means to everyday Americans. Join Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) for an immersive discussion about this project and what the findings mean for your work.

Presented by Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

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Understanding the Language of Democracy

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Taking the Bias Out of Social Impact Research

Chicago, Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

How can the social impact sector level the playing field and address unintended research bias? Learn how from a robust publication released by Chicago Beyond called “Why Am I Always Being Researched?” The guidebook is intended to help shift the power dynamic between community organizations, researchers, and funders and how they uncover knowledge together. This equity-based approach to research offers one approach to restore communities as authors and owners of evidence and data that can truly impact societal change.

Presented by Chicago Beyond

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Using Equitable Research to Help Chicago Youth Thrive

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Be Aware: Preparing for and Avoiding the Pitfalls of State Charitable Solicitation Regulation

Capacity Building

State charitable solicitation registration compliance is essential to protecting your organization’s ability to fundraise. For charitable organizations or consultants who collaborate with them, this session will explore regulations governing state charitable solicitation and  traps that may trip up even the most compliant. Tracy Boak, a Partner at Perlman & Perlman, a law firm dedicated to nonprofit law, will share her experiences in representing organizations before state charity regulators, discuss how to recognize and avoid the traps, and how to respond if regulators come asking for more.

Hosted by Perlman & Perlman

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“The Science of Happiness” Podcast Recording on Bridging Differences

Bridging Divides

Come find inspiration and practical wisdom at a live recording of the popular Science of Happiness podcast, produced by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center! In each episode, a guest tries a research-based practice to build happiness, resilience, kindness, or connection–then discusses their experience and learns about the science behind it. At Upswell, our episode will focus on building positive dialogue and understanding between groups, an important skill for any community leader or changemaker. Join host Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith to explore the science and practice of bridging differences–the conversation is sure to be engaging, moving, and filled with practical insights.

Presented by Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Story Squad: Navigating a Trauma-informed Environment through Digital Media and Art

Chicago, Community Engagement

Story Squad and 606Art, two YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago youth safety and violence prevention programs delivered through a trauma-informed lens, use digital media and creative art to help youth process trauma experienced in their lives.The curriculum-based Story Squad helps youth ages 12-18 develop self-reflection and critical thinking skills through audio production and storytelling, enabling them to talk about and better process their experiences in the greater context of their social and cultural environments.

606Art offers youth who have experienced trauma an opportunity to express themselves by creating art, developing transferable life skills through viewing and analyzing artwork, building creative art skills, and employing art therapy principles. Building upon best practices in youth programming, 606Art incorporates restorative justice practices and strengthens the ability of youth to create art to better express themselves about things not easily verbalized. Story Squad presenters will share the unique stories they’ve created as part of the program, which draws upon media literacy principles, restorative justice, and cognitive behavioral therapy to promote positive development. 606Art youth artists will showcase the art pieces they’ve created through the program.

Featuring:

  • Damarion Smith, Story Squad Youth Participant
  • Kalvin McClendon, Story Squad Youth Participant
  • Jelani Davis, 606Art Youth Participant
  • Breary Jackson, 606Art Youth Participant

Presented by YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Learning to Let Your Community Lead

Community Engagement

If we want to create lasting social change, we have to take cues directly from people closest to the issues. But often, we don’t know how – so this workshop will teach you! You’ll learn practical skills for listening to community members and building strong partnerships. Then, take part in an experiential mock community engagement session where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of mindsets, pitfalls, and concrete tactics to better partner with your community.

Presented by Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

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Finding Grassroots Solutions at the Grassroots Level

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

When Design Collides with the Social Sector

Capacity Building

By now, you’ve heard a lot of talk about “human-centered design” in the social sector. But what, exactly, is it? What value does it hold for social impact work? What does it look like when practiced in an ethical and equity-centered way? Through dynamic conversations, interactive exercises, and real world scenarios, expert practitioners will guide you as you learn a new way to bring those with the least power closer into the center of your work.

Presented by Greater Good Studio

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Ensuring Human-centered design Meets Social Sector Needs

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

How to Build a Culture of Equity and Results

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Education, healthcare, community development – for kids of color, these critical systems (and many more) perpetually create stagnant outcomes. We need better results. With a network of cross-sector thinkers and doers, StriveTogether has created a positively disruptive blueprint for cradle-to-career systems change that will lead to a more equitable future.

In this workshop, you’ll learn and test new skills for developing shared results, owning and aligning your contributions, and using data and community perspectives to drive decisions that measurably advance racial equity.

Presented by StriveTogether

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Accelerating Change through State and Local Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy

Feeling concerned about the political climate in Washington? Maybe you should shift your focus. In local and state government, elected officials are passing breakthrough legislation, introducing innovative policy, and enacting meaningful change. We’ll examine how tens of thousands of children across the country gained access to school meals through a strategy of state and local advocacy — and brainstorm ways that a similar approach could advance your cause and your mission.

Presented by Share Our Strength

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Community Movement to Public Policy

Community Engagement

With an increase in civic awareness and participation, movements such as Black Lives Matter and March for Our Lives grew out of communities that raised their collective voice. For many, what began as grassroots protests and organizing evolved into a policy platform that reshaped the narrative in the national discourse around systemic racism, gun safety, police brutality, and voting power. This workshop will help you see how your community engagement can drive policy change and hold the government accountable.

Presented by Higher Heights

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Turning Community Engagement into Big Outcomes

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

A Made-in-Chicago Model for Collaboration

Chicago, Community Engagement

Driving meaningful community change through cross-sector collaboration can seem nebulous. Why do some partnerships sap time and resources, while others are instrumental to driving transformative change? A place-based initiative in the predominantly Mexican Marshall Square community of Chicago will share the model for helping organizations achieve exponential impact in the community they serve, while also strengthening their resources, skills, and knowledge. This workshop will give you a framework for how to help your community thrive through collective action.

Presented by Latinos Progresando

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Achieving Impact in Chicago, Collectively

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

What Does a Modern Social Enterprise Look Like?

Capacity Building

Everyday we’re confronting new challenges and seeking answers for how to deliver our missions in sustainable and innovative ways. The impact and revenue models we’ve relied on for decades have been upended. The political landscape is more and more unpredictable — calling into question what kind of policy and legislative solutions are achievable. The private sector continues to make moves into our traditional fundraising and advocacy spaces. And a new era of invisible harms and biases are coded into the technology we interact with on a daily basis.

While these may feel like existential headwinds, this workshop will demonstrate just how relevant and viable nonprofits are today. We’ll share stories and lessons learned for how mission-driven organizations can evolve by engaging with the most pressing issues of our time, funding missions in new and creative ways, and enhancing impact with new partners and audiences.

Presented by Consumer Reports

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

DEI (Don’t Exclude Indians)

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Despite our efforts, stereotypes, and misconceptions of Native Americans are present in philanthropy. These issues contribute to invisibility and further marginalization of Native communities, but there are tools and strategies that philanthropy can use to be more inclusive. This workshop will allow you to dialogue around equity, inclusion, and power sharing and expand on practical ways that foundations can authentically engage Native communities.

Presented by First Nations Development Institute

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DEI, Native People, and Intentional Engagement

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Accelerating Collective Impact Through Shared Data & Knowledge

Data and Tech

Imagine a world where the leading foundations put their collective minds, ideas and knowledge together in service of accelerated impact. What if we told you that world is closer than you think? Join IT leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Technology Affinity Group to share insights, research, and a vision for building the impact infrastructure within and across foundations.

Presented by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Designing Equitable Events That Spark True Engagement

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Many organizations host amazing events – but are still missing the mark on understanding their audience, planning around their needs, and designing the conditions for meaningful engagement. Getting the most out of gatherings means creating environments where people feel seen, valued, and invited in. You will learn tangible ways to build a norm of equity and inclusion, so you can get past barriers and into the real purpose of events. This workshop is for anyone who wants to get better at bringing people together.

Presented by Bush Foundation

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Activating Collective Purpose Through Your Story

Capacity Building

Social change work is personal. Informed by our individual and collective histories, our movements are rooted in relationship–an invitation to dissolve the traditional boundaries between personal and professional, and bring our whole selves to our work. Join the 2019 American Express NGen Fellows for a workshop on stories. Participants will be invited to tap into their innate storytelling ability, sharing alongside fellow change makers as we re-connect with our personal inspiration and each other. Bring your (whole) self…and a pen.

Sponsored by American Express

Please note that our hope is to build a container conducive to sharing personal stories. We’ll need to close the doors to new participants once the session begins.

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Presidential Campaign Forum on the Nonprofit Sector

Policy and Advocacy

New polling shows that voters want candidates to work with nonprofit organizations, so it should come as no surprise that smart presidential candidates are doing just that. Senior representatives from some of the 2020 presidential campaigns will share their candidates’ positions on a wide range of issues that impact nonprofits and civil society. Please join Independent Sector for this engaging conversation and unique opportunity to elevate our sector’s issues together.

More resources:

A Message from Senator Amy Klobuchar to Nonprofits

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Creating a Capacity Building Ecosystem

Capacity Building

When it comes to capacity building, making the right choices is no easy task. But what if there was a comprehensive ecosystem of support that takes the guesswork out of capacity building and tailors approaches to the specific needs of each organization?

Join The Kresge Foundation and a group of innovative capacity builders for an inside look at how they are aligning approaches, co-delivering services, and training each other so they can accelerate nonprofits’ ability to integrate and sustain racial equity in their talent and leadership development work.

Presented by The Kresge Foundation

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Identifying Service Providers to Address Your Capacity-building Needs

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 11:30 am

How to Create Resilient Systems Change

Chicago, Community Engagement

It might be tempting to worry that our best efforts to fix society’s worst problems will eventually give way to the status quo. But fear not! By learning how to shift the very conditions that hold inequities in place, you can create systems changes that is resilient and lasting.

Guided by the success of Thrive Chicago, you’ll practice using an action learning guide to assess systems change conditions and develop tactics that go beyond programmatic solutions to systems-level interventions.

Presented by Thrive Chicago and FSG Inc.

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Creating and Sustaining System Change Collaboration

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Oh, Behave! The Science of Behavior Change

Big Ideas

People behave in peculiar ways. We plan to exercise in the morning, but when the alarm goes off for the fourth time…well, maybe tomorrow. And we know that flu shots save lives, but somehow we just never get around to getting one. Humans are supposed to be rational. But everyday experience tells us that’s simply not true!

Behavioral science offers a powerful framework for conceiving new solutions across all kinds of changework. Dive in and cultivate your inner behavioral scientist!

Presented by ideas42

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Change Your Behavior, Improve Your Mission Outcomes

Thursday, November 14

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Leading and “Living” Community-Led Initiatives

Chicago, Community Engagement

United Way works deeply in 10 communities in the Chicago-land area, each with its own distinct ecosystem comprised of a variety of stakeholders and decision makers. For six years, United Way of Metro Chicago has been implementing a community-led collective impact strategy simultaneously in the 10 communities to align the numerous community partners around a common agenda that is authentic to community voice. Don’t miss this workshop by United Way and lead agency, Austin Coming Together, to learn about their efforts to amplify the work of collective impact through place-based initiatives and identify methods of collaboration and authentic partner/stakeholder engagement.

Presented by United Way of Metro Chicago

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Making Community Voices the Center of Our Work

Thursday, November 14

10:45 am – 11:30 am

An Intersectional Approach to Disability Inclusion

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

People with disabilities (PWD) make up 20% of the population, but our needs are often overlooked. This creates real harm and exclusion for PWD, many of whom are also members of other marginalized groups. Diversity and inclusion efforts must include PWD, and in turn, disability rights work must include the leadership of multiply marginalized PWD. We will discuss intersectionality and ableism, ableism’s inherent connection to white supremacy, and how this relationship must inform our approaches to changework.

Presented by World Institute on Disability

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Inclusion, People with Disabilities, and Full Representation

Thursday, November 14

10:45 am – 11:30 am

How Nonprofits Can Use Data to Change the World

Data and Tech

Join us for an engaging discussion on how nonprofits are harnessing the power of analytics to further their mission. We will discuss how nonprofit organizations are using data and technology to drive innovation and maximize impact

Thursday, November 14

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Advancing Racial Equity from Community to City Hall

Chicago, Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Chief equity officers from around the country will hold a workshop to discuss their experiences driving municipal-level policy around racial equity. Participants will learn more about what strategies have worked to bring people together across racial divides, how equity officers have sustained efforts in the long-term, and how organizations in the charitable community can continue to support this national conversation on a local level.

Presented by Independent Sector

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

The Power of Relational Organizing

Mind, Body, Soul

The movement for racial and economic justice is often oriented towards campaign tactics and short-term victories. These tactics are rooted in strategies and narratives that demonize the other and hinge on funding models that turn volunteers into contractors, and community organizations into vendors. In this workshop, you’ll learn how relational, grassroots organizing can enhance personal formation and structural change. Learn how this approach can transform dialogue across difference and accelerate civic engagement.

Presented by PICO California

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Identifying and Managing Power in Social Change Work

Capacity Building

There’s so much exciting work happening in the social sector on the topics of equity and creating sustainable change for communities and systems, but that work doesn’t always explicitly address power. This workshop will help you identify ways that power may be manifesting in and affecting your work within your organization and when collaborating with external partners. We’ll pull examples and ideas from academic theory, practice, and the audience’s experiences. You’ll also have a chance to learn and practice strategies for managing power in a way that helps you build stronger, more authentic relationships and reach desired outcomes.

Presented by Arabella Advisors and Antioch University

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Managing the impact of power on your changework

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

A Year of Resistance, What We’ve Learned, and What’s Next

Big Ideas, Policy and Advocacy

The November 2016 election was a catalyzing moment for the U.S., and a moment of reckoning for the philanthropic community. The Roddenberry Foundation, in particular, was among the first to invest in and support activists and organizers at the forefront of resistance and our most pressing issues through its Roddenberry Fellowship. Hear from foundation staff and Roddenberry Fellows about their insights from the front lines, lessons learned, and their evolving work.

Presented by The Roddenberry Foundation

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Supporting Efforts to Advance Inclusion and Equity

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

How to Be the Expert in the 2020 Elections

Policy and Advocacy

The 2020 election cycle is heating up fast and there’s an ocean of information floating around. Where can voters turn to make sense of it all? Nonprofits. Research shows that nonprofits are one of the most trusted sources of information in America – but too many organizations shy away from speaking up during an election season. This workshop will teach you (yes, you!) how to use your expertise to help voters, donors, and volunteers better understand the issues that directly impact your mission. NOTE: This is not a workshop about legal issues related to lobbying and nonprofits. View more resources.

Hosted by Independent Sector

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Strengthening Nonprofits’ Ability to Empower Community Advocacy

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Bottling Lightning with Digital Fundraising

Data and Tech

Sticking to a fundraising plan can be difficult in a 24/7 news cycle. But with the right strategy and tools, you can help your community take direct action in rapid response moments and strengthen your long-term fundraising. We’ll explore crafting a compelling theory of change to share with supporters during big rallying moments, the tools and best practices for an adaptable digital fundraising program, and how to maintain supporter engagement after headlines have changed.

Hosted by ActBlue

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To Fundraise Rapidly, Inexpensively, and Effectively – Go Digital

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Bamboozled – The False Promise of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Enormous sums of money are spent on diversity and inclusion initiatives. So why do we see such little return? Why do most initiatives operate as a defensive mandate for organizations rather than as tool for genuine transformation? And why do most efforts center on assimilation to white norms?

This workshop is designed to emphasize what many people of color know through experience: the pervading model of diversity and inclusion is superficial – and fundamentally flawed. Let’s roll up our sleeves and work together to evolve it.

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Science-based Practices to Bridge Differences Across Political and Social Divides

Bridging Divides

This workshop is a kick-off to a 3-month fellowship for those who are interested in bridging differences in their communities. You’ll practice and discuss how to use these science-based practices in your work and life. In addition to getting support from a peer group, there will also be mentors who are practitioners in the bridge building space supporting you along the journey.

Please only take this workshop if you are committed to the three month timeline. There will be two additional calls after the workshop to check-in on progress.

Presented by Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Sponsored by The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

Thursday, November 14

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Using Data and University Partnerships to Help Address Poverty

Data and Tech

Many university faculty members conduct projects that excite them and focus on their research interests. Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan and the Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network have flipped this on its head, partnering with communities and governments to use rapid response data and analysis to define problems, research questions, conduct evaluation, and inform efforts to enhance mobility and reduce poverty.

Presented by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan

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Combining the Power of Town, Gown, and Policy to End Poverty

Thursday, November 14

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Becoming Big Bettable

Capacity Building

Pioneering changemakers have shown increasing ambition and ability to move the needle on today’s critical challenges. At the same time, a growing number of philanthropists are stepping up to support these efforts with extraordinarily large gifts. These big bets have the potential for enormous impact. This interactive workshop will help you refine a theory of change so you can show donors why you are big bettable.

Presented by The Bridgespan Group

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Making Your Approach to Lasting Change “Big Bettable”

Thursday, November 14

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

How to Talk about Race and Ethnicity

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

This workshop is an opportunity to pick up on a conversation from Upswell LA about the practice of Living Room Conversations with a specific focus now on race and ethnicity. The unique structure and safety of this practice, as well as the deep power of storytelling, comprise a productive and sensitive approach you can practice at Upswell Chicago, then use in your own community to discuss a subject of extreme importance, nationally and personally.

Presented by Living Room Conversations

Thursday, November 14

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Drink as You Pour: Anti Burnout Practices for Warriors of Change

Mind, Body, Soul

Do you ever feel dry? Burned out? Like you just can’t give any more? When you learn to drink as you pour, you are not the doer. Instead you allow the sacred to flow through you like a wild river of grace, so abundant that you cannot wait to share and to serve. When everything is aligned you often feel that you are in the flow or in your groove. These accessible interfaith meditation practices get you into that flow. They are designed to calm you down, fill you up and reconnect you to the sacred source of your tradition. Session will include a talk, meditation and Q+A session.

Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Thursday, November 14

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

What Do We Want from the 2020 Candidates?

Policy and Advocacy

As we’ve seen over the last several years, elections make a huge difference to nonprofits and the communities we serve. With the 2020 election season in full swing, this is the time when prospective officeholders are most open to new issues and ideas from all directions. So how can the nonprofit sector use this opportunity to advance our missions and our work? Come help us identify the policy areas that are most important to the success of the entire sector — and strategize the best ways to move forward with a nonprofit sector policy platform.

Hosted by Independent Sector

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Help Shape the Nonprofit Sector’s 2020 Policy Agenda

Friday, November 15

9:30 am – 10:30 am

How to #ShiftThePower in Community-Driven Grantmaking

Community Engagement

While most organizations today want to put more decision-making power into the hands of the communities they serve, some aren’t sure where to begin or are discouraged by setbacks. At this workshop, we will share practical lessons on how to empower the people who know their communities best to make decisions about where resources should go. You will get tested tactics and best practices and create a space for sharing practical advice and success stories to inspire change.

Presented by Pillars Fund

Friday, November 15

9:30 am – 10:30 am

How to Overcome Your Fear of Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy

As phobias go, talking to elected officials can rank right up there with spiders, snakes, and heights. But advocacy doesn’t have to be scary. By simply telling your own story, coupled with the latest research and data, you can engage naturally with decisionmakers at all levels. Whether you are a community organizer, philanthropist, nonprofit leader, or a dynamic changemaker in your own right, this session will equip you to be the best advocate you can be.

Presented by Americans for the Arts

Friday, November 15

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Be the Eye of the Storm: The Unshakeable Depth of Being

Mind, Body, Soul

When the chaos of life hits, the art of non-reaction can teach you to make a conscious choice rather than a reactive one. Choice over reaction is the result of a disciplined mind. You can learn to use chaos – from the world or from your mind – as fuel for your own inner work. You use mindful awareness to consume all of life from the vast reservoir of the unchanging silence within. Session will include a talk, meditation and Q+A session.

Presented by Kashi Atlanta

Friday, November 15

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Building a Bigger Table of Problem-Solvers: How the Nonprofit Sector Can Advance Inclusion and Belonging while Accelerating Change

Bridging Divides

The divides in America seem stark these days. Yet, there is a growing movement of doers and leaders across the nation advancing work that builds bridges and larger communities of problem-solvers. Not only is this necessary to strengthen our social fabric, it’s critical to a functioning, and safe, Democracy. Building social cohesion by re-connecting people can bring more energy to your cause, as well as mitigate the feelings of alienation and loneliness that lead to divisions in communities. Learn about the small and large changes you can make to your programmatic work in order to build a bigger and more inclusive community of problem-solvers.

Sponsored by Walmart

Friday, November 15

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Connecting Veterans and Youth to Overcome Neighborhood Trauma

Chicago, Community Engagement

Urban Warriors, the flagship mentoring program of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, connects experienced military veterans with youth in some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. A mentor and mentee will share their experiences and talk about the meaningful connection between these two groups, both having experienced severe trauma in their lives and understanding all too well the feeling of living in constant danger and hostility.

During the 16-week program, veterans mentor and teach youth critical coping mechanisms and valuable tools to process their emotions and thoughts — helping youth channel their anger and other strong emotions, enhance their communication skills, and become more mindful of everyday situations.

Presented by YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Friday, November 15

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Changing Policy Through Storytelling

Policy and Advocacy

While the United States has witnessed a recent wave of activism among youth, many of us still feel powerless to create change. Combat this “engagement paralysis” by learning how to empower yourself or others through the power of storytelling. You’ll discover real-world examples of personal struggles that translated into policy remedies, learn the steps for crafting a compelling narrative, and walk away feeling empowered to create change in your community.

Presented by Young Invincibles

Friday, November 15

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Operationalizing Equity

Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity

Funders and consultants have offered their insight on “doing the work” of diversity, equity, and inclusion, but this workshop will take those conversations to the next level. You will learn how to embed DEI principles into your organization, and what that really looks like from an operations perspective. Hear from several nonprofit COOs who sit at the intersection of strategy, people management, and resource allocation who have used their roles to advance DEI practices.

Presented by Capital Partners for Education

Friday, November 15

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Connecting With Rural Communities

Bridging Divides

Many people have set their sights on rural communities with renewed interest since the 2016 election, but philanthropy, grantees, and intermediaries have often struggled to forge meaningful connections. Reasons for the disconnect vary, but there are some key tactics you can enlist to create more effective, deep, and sustainable relationships. If you’ve been trying to make connections in rural communities with little or mixed success, come to this session for some guidance, feedback, and support.

Presented by PhilanthropywoRx

Friday, November 15

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Mind, Body, Soul

To change minds and motivate people, you must tap into their moral beliefs. For millions of Americans, a key source of those beliefs is spirituality and/or religion. Fetzer Institute and Hattaway have teamed up for a groundbreaking study of spirituality in America, exploring how people experience and practice spirituality within and outside traditional religions. Learn how  to connect your changemaking work to deeply held beliefs that give people hope, to humanity and the greater good, and to the meaning and purpose in life.

Presented by Fetzer Institute

More about this workshop:

Can Connecting Your Work to Spiritual Values Make Changework More Effective?

Friday, November 15

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reforming Philanthropy in America: Top-down, Bottom-up, or in Between?

Policy and Advocacy

There is steady conversation in our sector about the need for a “reckoning” with the history and the practices of philanthropy in America with some concluding that that the entire philanthropic “system” has become deeply ineffective and requires serious, systemic reform. Some advocate that the most effective means of reform is through the policy/regulatory process. Others suggest that philanthropy should “lead with its principles,” defining a new, values-driven, self-regulatory framework that can fundamentally alter the ways philanthropy works. This conversation will explore the issues at play in the current debate, examine specific approaches and proposals for reform, and seek input from the community on whether this ongoing debate is pointed at the most pressing problems facing philanthropy in America today.

Hosted by Independent Sector