Save the Date! The Collective Impact Forum's virtual backbone workshop Champions for Change 2020 will be on September 15-17, 2020.

Registration and scholarship opportunities for Champions for Change 2020 will open Spring 2020.


About Champions For Change 2020

The Champions for Change workshop, now in its seventh year, provides professional development to backbone leaders; encourages peer learning among backbone teams; and shares new insights on the work of backbones from the field.

Topics to be explored include:

  •     Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone
  •     Incorporating equity in your collective impact work
  •     Fostering community collaboration and co-ownership in your initiative
  •     Building collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
  •     Developing and learning from shared measurement
  •     Evaluating collective impact
  •     Sustaining momentum for collective impact initiatives over the long-term

Join us this September 15-17, 2020 for our longest-running and most popular training—Champions for Change! (Now virtual!)


Who will get the most out of Champions?

The Champions for Change learning experience is most geared for those who are more at the early/beginning stages of their collective impact work, whether you are are just starting out or are a couple years into your initiative. It can also be a helpful learning experience if you have a team who are new to working in the collective impact space. If you have been doing collective impact work for many years and feel more comfortable with the areas of focus around data, embedding equity, and supporting partners, we would recommend instead our annual Collective Impact Convening that includes more later-stage work and case studies.

Have you attended Champions before? If you have attended a past Champions workshop, and as this training is similar in theme and content to previous years of successful Champions. we would recommend this opportunity only if you are looking for a refresher of the content, or as a new learning opportunity for your teammates or stakeholders. If you are looking for a totally new learning experience, we would recommend the Forum's annual Collective Impact Convening which is different each year.


Champions for Change Faculty

Confirmed speakers for Champions for Change 2020 include:

  •     Robert Albright, Director, Collective Impact Forum
  •     Sheri Brady, Associate Director, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
  •     Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum
  •     Lauren A. Smith, Co-CEO, FSG
  •     Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum
  •     Junious Williams, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum


Workshop Agenda

The 2020 Workshop Agenda is being finalized, but you can review the 2019 Agenda from last year. This year's will have many similarities to last year's program. View last year's agenda.


More info to come!

Stay tuned for more information when we launch registration this spring. Have questions in the meantime? Please reach out to Tracy Timmons-Gray at: tracy.timmons-gray@collectiveimpactforum.org