10 Reasons to Attend the Collaborative: Virtual Sessions

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This is a guest post written by event planner Alexa Steevens on the Classy events team.

The Collaborative: Virtual Sessions, hosted by Classy, is an online conference designed exclusively for nonprofit and social sector professionals. We created the event to encourage collaboration and meaningful connections. Our goal is to provide nonprofits the space for new insights, strategies, and inspiration to accelerate and maximize their organizations’ impact.

For the second year in a row, the Collaborative: Virtual Sessions was completely free, and completely virtual. That means that anyone can still register to access dozens of live sessions, panel discussions, and experiences that we developed through extensive partnerships with the industry’s top experts and practitioners. 

Our attendees walked away with tangible tips to grow their organization and continue to generate meaningful impact in an ever-evolving sector.

Whether you’re a fundraising and marketing professional, an executive, a social entrepreneur, or a technology professional, read on to learn our top 10 reasons to experience the 2021 Collaborative: Virtual Sessions.

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10 Reasons to Experience the Collaborative: Virtual Sessions

1. It’s Absolutely Free

We said it before, and we’ll say it again. The four-day Collaborative: Virtual Sessions features over 50 online sessions, product demos, networking opportunities, and roundtable discussions for you to access for free in the comfort of your own space.

If we’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that connection with like-minded leaders has never been more critical to the sustained success of our industry. That’s why our goal for the 2021 event remains the same, making this experience available for everyone, everywhere.

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2. You’ll Have Access to the Session Content You Want to Hear Most

Classy is dedicated to providing the content you want to learn. We listen to our attendees’ wants and concerns and present thoughtful commentary on topics that the nonprofit industry needs to address. 

It’s precisely this knowledge and feedback that help us curate a program full of industry leaders and risers who are eager to share their insights and ideas on the current and future landscape of the sector. 

From the future of virtual fundraising to today’s essential leadership strategies, you’ll walk away with actionable advice. 

Session Topics to Expect:

  • Resilience and mental health
  • Data trends
  • Virtual events
  • Design and branding
  • Fundraising and marketing
  • Future of fundraising
  • Leadership, management, and culture
  • Recurring giving
  • Stakeholder engagement and partnerships
  • Technology 
  • Classy product sessions and demos

3. You’ll Have Takeaways to Implement Immediately

Gain access to presentation decks, session recordings, and the recorded Q&A with our speakers. Our goal is to ensure you leave sessions feeling empowered and ready to tackle the complex landscape we’ve come to experience today. 

Your on-demand recordings of each session allow you to refer back to all event content and tools at any time, or share with team members. 

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4. You Can Build Your Own Custom Session Schedule

We would love for you to join every session during our live event, but we understand your time is limited. That’s why we’re offering a mix of one-hour and 30-minute sessions. You’ll have the freedom to select as many individual sessions as you would like based on your availability, time, and interest. 

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5. You’ll Experience the Classy Awards

The Classy Awards are returning for the first time since 2017 to honor today’s most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises that are addressing the world’s social and environmental challenges.

Our Collaborative attendees got a first look at the 50 Finalists announced at our event live. See who made the list this year through their incredible work.


6. You’ll Have New Opportunities to Form Meaningful Connections

Virtual doesn’t mean isolated. We built the Collaborative on the belief that growth happens when we connect, support, and inspire each other. 

Our attendees had access to our all-in-one virtual platform to participate in intimate group discussions broken out by topics of interest, cause-sectors, and subject matter specific to their role. 

We’ve set the stage to encourage all attendees to learn from leaders in the nonprofit space, connect with the Classy team, and explore our sponsors through each recording.

7. Your Entire Team Can Participate

In-person conferences are important settings for learning and professional development, but we understand travel expenses add up. The reality is it can be tough to take more than a couple of team members away from their work. 

We encourage you to take advantage of our virtual conference experience to invite anyone on your team to watch valuable sessions right from their desk or kitchen table. 


Divide and conquer. Divvy up sessions between your team, then come together to share your learnings.

8. You Can Earn Continuing Education Points

The Collaborative: Virtual Sessions is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the Certified Fund Raising Executive program. 

By participating in our event, you’ll be eligible to earn points towards initial certification and recertification that shows your accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good.

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9. You’ll Learn About Leading Services and Resources to Advance Your Mission

Don’t worry about missing out on the excitement of visiting educational booths. 

The Collaborative: Virtual Sessions features over 20 exhibit booths full of downloadable resources, demonstrations, and “mini-sessions” developed by key partners and providers to help advance your mission. 

10. Together We Will

No matter how hard the past year-plus has been for your organization, or for yourself personally, we must all come together to show up stronger than ever before. Come together with Classy online and let’s all move forward together.


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