Join us on October 18 - 20, 2016 in San Antonio at the 2016 Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact event hosted by the Collective Impact Forum, in partnership with the Tamarack Institute.

This next series of trainings will be similar in theme and content to the last three years of successful Champions for Change learning events, and the 2016 session held on April 19-21, 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dates: Tuesday, October 18 – Thursday, October 20, 2016

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Price: $950 / person for a single registrant; $850 / person for two registrants; $750 / person for 3-5 registrants; $695 / person for six or more registrants.

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About Champions For Change

A strong backbone team - staff dedicated to guiding a cross-sector group of stakeholders toward a common goal - is a critical component of collective impact. We invite you to join a group of collective impact leaders for a three-day workshop designed for leaders of backbone teams from collective impact initiatives.

Through this workshop, we look forward to providing  professional development to backbone leaders; creating peer learning among backbone leaders; and generating new insights on the work of backbone organizations for the field. Topics to be explored include:

  • Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone organization
  • Incorporating an equity lens in your collective impact work
  • Engaging the community in your initiative
  • Fostering collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
  • Developing and learning from shared measurement
  • Evaluating collective impact
  • Sustaining a collective impact initiative over the long term

2016 Workshop Agenda: Download the 2016 Agenda


Join us in San Antonio this October 18-20, 2016 for our longest-running and most popular training—Champions for Change!

“Excellent conference - provided much needed content and dialogue on the role and structure of the backbone organization.” - Champions 2015 Attendee

Note that this workshop is designed for staff playing the backbone function and steering committee members of collective impact initiatives demonstrating or working to implement all five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support).


Champions for Change Speakers

Confirmed speakers for Champions for Change 2016 include:

  • Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Director of Collective Impact, Living Cities
  • Sheri Brady, Senior Associate, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
  • Efrain Gutierrez, Associate Director, FSG
  • Fay Hanleybrown, Managing Director, FSG
  • Ericka Hines, Principal, Every Level Leadership
  • Jennifer Splansky Juster, Director, Collective Impact Forum
  • John Kania, Managing Director, FSG
  • Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink
  • Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum
  • Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute

Thank you to our Sponsors

The Collective Impact Forum is grateful for the support from The Greater Texas Foundation and Humana for their support of the 2016 Champions for Change workshop.


Meals During Champions:

These meals will be provided during the workshop:

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Start time is 1:00pm CT. Includes Dinner.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Includes Breakfast and Lunch
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016: Includes Breakfast


Hotel Accommodations - ROOM BLOCK NOW FULL

Update: September 20, 2016 - The Marriott Plaza San Antonio is the event headquarters hotel. The room block for attendees is now full. Champions for Change registrants received a discounted rate of $165.00 plus applicable taxes for rooms in the room block. With the block now full, attendees are welcome to stay at the Marriott Plaza, although it will be at a higher rate, or at another convenient hotel during the workshop.


Scholarship Applications Now Closed – Applications due July 31, 2016

A limited number of scholarships for a 50% discount are available for this workshop. The due date for scholarship applications was July 31, 2016, and decisions will be made by August 15, 2016.

Scholarship priorities are to help subsidize registration for those whose organizational budgets are less than $500,000, or who are from an underrepresented group within nonprofit leadership. People of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, and people who identify on the LGBTQIA spectrum (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) are encouraged to apply.


Refund Policy - Please note

Full refunds will be offered until Friday, August 26, and partial refunds will be offered (less a $150 administration fee) until Friday, September 16.  Refunds cannot be made after September 16, but substitutions are possible. Substitution names must be confirmed and submitted by Friday, October 1.