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Uniting the most inventive minds in the social sector

Collaborative by Classy brings together forward-thinking nonprofit professionals and social sector experts. Together, we will uncover the ideas and strategies necessary to propel our sector forward.

Event overview

Spark your curiosity

Challenge your thinking, explore the future of fundraising, and stay on the cutting edge of technology – all while leaving with new ideas and proven strategies to raise more for your mission.

Event overview

Join the community

Connect with inspiring leaders and build a network of the most innovative minds in the sector. You’ll be part of a valuable community you can collaborate with for years to come.

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This event is not just a gathering; it's a convergence of some of the most innovative minds in the non-profit sector. The intersection of marketing and development discussions here is unparalleled, providing both strategic insights and applicable solutions tailored to our unique space.

Larry Olson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Tunnel to Towers Foundation

I love that Collaborative isn’t your typical conference. The speakers are engaging, the venues are unique, and there were many useful takeaways. I leave energized to take on the important work we’re all doing.

Laura Cooke, Director of Leadership Annual Giving

KC Scholars

The interactive workshops and networking opportunities provided a rich and engaging environment, fostering meaningful connections and leaving me inspired and energized to implement new ideas in my own work.

James Murphy, Development Manager

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

I love having the opportunity to hear from and connect with other organizations, large and small. While we all have different focus areas, the problems we face are similar, and Collaborative offers a unique space to work through those challenges together.

Amanda Knight, Development Director

The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration

Our 2024 keynote

Announcing our opening keynote

Xavier Ramey

CEO of Justice Informed

Xavier Ramey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Justice Informed, a Chicago-based organizational design and social impact consulting firm focused on innovative solutions for DEI, philanthropy, and collective action-focused community engagement. From small startups to Fortune 500s, small nonprofits to national social impact associations, Xavier and his team have built the organizational designs, led equity-focused trainings and seminars, provided executive advisory services to dozens of corporations and nonprofits, and mediated challenging legal, reputational, and financial hazards for clients seeking to be socially impactful institutions that integrate powerful inclusive workplaces with industry-leading services and products. Known for bringing his “invitation-based approach” to urgent social and organizational issues, Xavier leads with an urgent call to rigorous strategies for transformation and equity in our society. Xavier is a global keynote speaker, a former fundraiser and program officer, an activist on matters of racial justice and police reform, and a highly sought-after lecturer at top-ranked MBA, social work, public policy, and social impact university programs across the United States.

Take a look at last year's incredible lineup of speakers:

Dion Dawson

Founder, Dion’s Chicago Dream

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Host & Executive Producer, UNDISTRACTED, The Meteor

Mick Ebeling

Founder, Not Impossible Labs

Collaborative Chief Community Officer

Dion Dawson

As our first-ever Chief Community Officer, Dion Dawson, CEO of Dion’s Chicago Dream, will spark conversations between attendees, ensure the event is representative of the incredible community of Chicago, and help us all leave the city just a tiny bit better than when we arrived.

What to expect

Interactive learning

Mainstage sessions that inspire disruptive thinking, hands-on workshops that provide tactical tools, and curated conversations that create meaningful discussion.

What to expect

Lasting connections

Take relationship building outside of the conference walls with unique and intimate networking experiences that allow you to explore the vibrant city of Chicago while building your Collaborative community.

What to expect

Get the most out of Classy’s fundraising platform

Meet with Classy product experts to gain personalized fundraising strategies and product knowledge that help you actively engage your community, establish donor trust, and maximize your fundraising tools.

Guide

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Schedule

Two unforgettable days

Stay tuned for the release of our full conference agenda.

Day One

Wed, May 15th

Day Two

Thurs, May 16th

Three inspiring venues

Ignite your creativity in our unique venues set in the heart of Chicago's West Loop.

City Hall

838 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60642

Recess

838 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60642

Morgan MFG

401 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60642

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Frequently Asked Questions

Collaborative 2024 by Classy will take place in Chicago, IL, on May 15 & 16, 2024. You can register now for the event!

Nonprofit leaders share similar goals and face challenges that quickly evolve with the ever-changing giving landscape. However, opportunities to meaningfully engage as a community are rare. It is vital for nonprofits to come together with industry experts and each other to build a community where the best ideas come to life. Collaborative is that community – an event where innovative leaders gather to learn, share, and gain tools to raise more for their missions.

Anyone in the nonprofit or social enterprise space looking to come together with the brightest minds and best fundraisers in the industry, learn more about emerging trends in fundraising and technology, maximize their use of Classy platform features, or gain expert insights on how to raise more for their missions.

Tickets are currently $599 through April 3, 2024. Register here to claim your spot.

With a focus on fundraising and technology, you’ll walk away with proven strategies from industry experts and new connections with other changemakers, strengthened through unique, interactive learning experiences. Our team is diligently working on an incredible agenda for 2024, and we can’t wait to share it with you soon.

View our lineup of 2023 speakers here.

Collaborative by Classy is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the Certified Fund Raising Executive program. Please reach out to [email protected] for more information on CFRE credits.

Becoming a sponsor of the Collaborative can be extremely beneficial to both your organization and the nonprofits that attend. We aim to connect professionals to each other and to services that will benefit and advance their missions. If you are interested in sponsoring the Collaborative, please reach out to our team at [email protected].

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