Boston, MA  |  June 14-16

A three-day experience showcasing excellence in social innovation, culminating in the Classy Awards.

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Everything you need to know about the Collaborative

Classy Awards Finalists Announced!

Selected from 1,300 programs worldwide, these are the 100 most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises of 2016. See the great work of these incredible organizations and join them at the Collaborative.

See all the Finalists

Collaborative Speakers Announced!

While our speakers represent a diverse array of industries, backgrounds, and perspectives, they all share a common goal of using innovation to solve social problems. Collaborative sessions are curated to inspire, inform, and engage with the audience in creative ways that provide meaning and value to all. Check out who we've got in store for you this year.

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Join us in June for three days of keynote addresses, panel discussions, product showcases, breakout sessions, the Classy Awards Ceremony and ample networking time. Grab your ticket to the Collaborative + Classy Awards before it's too late! Need to get persuasive? Learn how to convince your boss.

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The Collaborative provides an exceptional opportunity to connect your brand with the organizations and individuals leading social innovation today. Guidestar and Southwest have officially joined us this year, helping us provide our attendees with the best experience possible. Join us in hosting the preeminent event in the social sector. See our 2016 partners or email to get involved in the 2016 Collaborative.

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Important dates to remember

April 19, 2016
Finalists announced
June 14-15, 2016
June 16, 2016
Classy Awards

The Collaborative creates a space to share and have conversations about the challenges that we are all facing and the successes that we are all celebrating, because at the end of the day, we all have the same goal — improving the world."

Carrie Pena
Chief Marketing Officer, buildOn


A few of the leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs involved

Deborah Elam
President, GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer, GE
Steve Davis
President & CEO, PATH
April Crow
Global Director, Environment & Sustainability, Coca Cola
Gargee Ghosh
Director of Policy and Finance, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Ommeed Sathe
Vice President, Impact Investments, Prudential
Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, World Food Programme
Dr. Cheryl Dorsey
President, Echoing Green
Morgan Clendaniel
Editor Fast Co.Exist, Fast Company
Daniel Lurie
Founder & CEO, Tipping Point Community
Mary Snapp
President, Microsoft Philanthropies
Michael Markarian
Chief Program & Policy Officer, Humane Society of the United States
Sonal Shah
Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University
Brad Ack
Senior Vice President, Oceans, World Wildlife Fund
Matt Petronzio
Editor, Mashable
Michele Sullivan
President, Caterpillar Foundation
Getachew Engida
Deputy Director-General, UNESCO
Cindy Jones-Nyland
CMO, Heifer International
Lisa Sherman
President & CEO, Ad Council
Erica Kochi
Senior Advisor to UNICEF Executive Director on Innovation & Co-founder, UNICEF Innovation
Konstanze Frischen
Global Vice President, Ashoka
Tracy Palandjian
CEO & Co-Founder, Social Finance
C.A. Webb
Partner & Co-Founder, Assemble VC and Former Head, New England Venture Capital Association
Jeff Fagnan
Founder, TUGG & Partner, Accomplice VC
Kerry Healey
President, Babson College
See 2016 Attendees

Organizations that have been involved

City Awake Good Echoing Green Standford Social Innovation Review
Southwest Palantir Technologies Oxfam America GuideStar United Nations Foundation Center for High Impact Philanthropy UPENN Salesforce Foundation PVBLIC Foundation wepay Plenty Babson College Kendall Square

The 2014 Experience

2,400 people gathered in San Diego to celebrate social innovation

In 2014, the top leaders and innovators in the social sector convened to discover, learn and collaborate.

2014 Collaborative

In 2014, the Collaborative featured presentations and round table discussions on a variety of topics, including addressing human trafficking with data visualization, creative and sustainable farming practices and new technologies used in disaster relief.

Know someone that would be a great fit as a Speaker, Partner, Leadership Council or Fellow?  

It was a wonderful showcase of people and groups doing cutting edge work in helping to build a civil society.”

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO, Humane Society of the United States

2014  Classy Awards

In 2014, eight organizations won a Classy for their excellence in social impact. The ceremony, held at the Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego, hosted over 2,400 people in a remarkable celebration.


Countries Represented

Getting There

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Everything you need to get to the Collaborative + Classy Awards. Plan Your Trip.


Join us June 14-16, 2016 in Boston, MA

A ticket to the Collaborative + Classy Awards includes admission to both days of the Collaborative and the Classy Awards ceremony. Need to get persuasive? Convince your boss.



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