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2018 Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact

Collective Impact Forum and the Tamarack Institute

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM - Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

2018 Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Funder Registration
Registration Rate for Funders (Early Bird rate: $900. After August 3, 2018: $975)
Oct 15, 2018 $975.00 $0.00
Practitioner Registration
For attendees who are not playing the funder role. (Early Bird Rate: $750. After August 3, 2018, registration is $825)
Oct 15, 2018 $825.00 $0.00
Community-Builder Registration
The Community-Builder Registration is reserved for attendees whose organizational budgets are less than $500,000 per year. Spots at this level are limited. Due to limited spots available, collective impact initiatives/organizations registering attendees at this level are limited to five registrations max. Early Bird Rate: $600. After August 3, 2018, registration is $675.
Oct 15, 2018 $675.00 $0.00

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Event Details

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. Come join the Collective Impact Forum and the Tamarack Institute on Oct. 16-18, 2018 for a three-day workshop designed for leaders of backbone teams from collective impact initiatives. 

This training is similar in theme and content to previous years of successful Champions for Change workshops. If you have attended Champions for Change in the past, we would recommend this opportunity if you are looking for a refresher of the content, or as a new learning opportunity for your teammates or stakeholders.

This event has been approved by United Way Worldwide for flexible credit use. Please read further down this page for more information.

Hotel Accommodations

The Westdrift Manhattan Beach is the event headquarters hotel, and is conveniently located near LAX airport in Los Angeles. Our discounted group block is $249 per night, excluding taxes and fees. After registering for the event, you will receive hotel booking information. (Our previous group block rate of $199 has now sold-out. We have expanded our group block at the new rate of $249.)  The group rate is available through 9/24/18 or unilt it is sold out.  

About Champions For Change 2018

The Champions for Change workshop, now in its fifth 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 October 16-18, 2018 for our longest-running and most popular training—Champions for Change!

2018 Workshop Agenda: To see the current line-up of sessions, please view the 2018 workshop agenda here.

*This agenda is still in development and is subject to change.

What Attendees have said about Champions for Change

“I've attended and planned plenty of conferences, and this was one of the best designed and managed I've seen. The pace was brisk without being exhausting, and it was highly interactive throughout.”

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

“I really enjoyed the interaction that was provided. This fostered learning from each other as well as from the presenters!”

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 2018 include:

  • Sheri Brady, Associate Director, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
  • Fay Hanleybrown, Managing Director, FSG
  • Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum
  • Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum
  • Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute
  • Junious Williams, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum

Meals during Champions:
These meals will be provided during the workshop:

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Includes Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018: Includes Breakfast.

Group Rates

For groups of 10 or more people attending Champions together, the Forum is offering a special group rate of $700 per person. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about this group rate at

Refund Policy - Please note

Full refunds will be offered until Friday, August 24, and partial refunds will be offered (less a $150 administration fee) until Friday, September 14.  Refunds cannot be made after September 14, but substitutions are possible. Substitution names must be confirmed and submitted by Friday, September 28.

Flexible Credits for United Way staff members attending Champions for Change

This event has been approved by United Way Worldwide for flexible credit use. That means each U.S.- or Canada-based attendee can use flex credits for up to $750 in registration fees, $500 in travel expenses, and $810 in per diem ($270 per day x 3 days). Please pay for these expenses directly as they arise; you will be reimbursed after the event, when you submit the request form.

After the event, you will receive a link to the digital travel reimbursement form, which you must complete by November 19, 2018 in order to be reimbursed. Once this deadline has passed, no further reimbursement requests can be accepted. A processing fee of $35 will be applied to each transaction.

Please note that it is the responsibility of each attendee to obtain internal approval to use flexible credits. Check with your supervisor or flex credit manager before submitting any reimbursement requests. For more information, access your account balance or view the flexible credit policy. If you have a question at any time, please contact Ask United Way (United Way Online access required).


Scholarship Applications Now Closed – Applications due June 29, 2018

A limited number of scholarships for a registration discount were available for this workshop. This discount will bring registration down to $350 for the full workshop. The due date for scholarship applications is June 29, 2018, and decisions will be made by July 13, 2018.

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 with disabilities, and people who identify on the LGBTQIA spectrum (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) are encouraged to apply.


Have questions about 2018 Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact? Contact Collective Impact Forum and the Tamarack Institute

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Westdrift Manhattan Beach
1400 Parkview Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM - Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

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