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10 Reasons to Attend the Collaborative: Virtual Sessions

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Published May 7, 2021
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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 is completely free, and completely virtual. From June 8 to 11, 2021, attendees will have access to dozens of live sessions, workshops, and experiences that we developed through extensive partnerships with the industry’s top experts and practitioners. 

Our attendees are guaranteed to walk away with tangible tips to grow your 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 attend the 2021 Collaborative: Virtual Sessions.

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10 Reasons to Attend 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 will feature 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.

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 after each of the four days. 

Sample 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

As a Collaborative attendee, you’ll gain access to presentation decks, session recordings, and dedicated time for 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. 

You’ll have access to on-demand recordings of each session to refer back to all event content and tools at any time, or share with team members who weren’t able to attend the live sessions. 

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. 

If you’re eager to learn even more before we go live in June, this recap of our 2020 Collaborative will give you a good idea of the insights you can expect. 

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 will get a first look at the 50 Finalists announced at our event live. If you’d like to see your team recognized alongside some of the most reputable organizations in the social sector, be sure to check out all the details on how to submit a nomination for the Classy Awards

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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. 

When you attend, you’ll gain access to our all-in-one virtual platform to participate in intimate group discussions broken out by topics that interest you, cause-sectors, and subject matter specific to your role, during our networking breaks. 

We’ve set the stage to encourage all attendees to learn from leaders in the nonprofit space, connect with the Classy team, and engage in live video roundtable discussions with our speakers.

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 who can tune in throughout the event right from their desk or kitchen table. 

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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.

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 will feature over 20 exhibit booths full of downloadable resources, demonstrations, and “mini-sessions” developed by key partners and providers to help advance your mission. 

When you “visit” a booth, you’ll be able to schedule one-on-one appointments as well as video chat with booth representatives in a one-to-many setting.

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 this June and let’s all move forward together.

Experience the Collaborative: Virtual Sessions

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