In Partnership With the United Nations Foundation
May 1
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Arrive in sunny San Diego! Grab yourself a cocktail, sit by the pool, and relax.
May 2
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The Collaborative starts at Balboa Park! After Party to follow at the Marriott Hotel.
May 3
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The Collaborative sessions continue, followed by the red carpet CLASSY Awards Ceremony & an epic After Party.
May 4
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Grab a drink by the pool before you head home to recoup after the best weekend of the year!

Choose Your CLASSY Awards Weekend Experience

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  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Welcome to San Diego!

Fly into the San Diego International Airport and hop in a short 5 minute cab ride downtown. If you're staying at the Marriott, grab a drink by the pool and relax before the weekend activities begin.

  • Pool Hours 6:30A - 10:00P
  • Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • Swimsuits & Sunnies
  • Happy Hour 5:00P - 8:00P TBA


DAY 1 The Collaborative kicks off early at Balboa Park. The 2-day event includes keynote speakers and facilitated debates focused on driving discussion around social progress. A ticket to the Collaborative includes admission to the CLASSY Awards Ceremony.

  • 8:00A - 6:00P
  • Balboa Park
  • Casual (Jeans Okay)
  • After Party at the Marriott


Day 2 The sessions continue at the Port Pavilion on the San Diego harbor, just a short walk from the Marriott hotel.

  • 8:00A - 2:00P
  • Port Pavilion
  • Casual (Jeans Okay)


The red carpet pre-party kicks off the evening! The ceremony features inspirational speakers, videos and the 8 CLASSY Awards winners announced live on stage.

  • 5:00P - 9:00P
  • San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Black Tie (Optional)
  • After Party at the Port
  • Pavilion

Sunday Fun Day

Grab a drink by the pool with us before you head home to recoup after the best weekend of the year!

  • Brunch 11:00A - 2:00P
  • Marriott Marquis & Marina
  • Whatever Your Heart Desires
The Official Airline of the CLASSY Awards
The Official Hotel of the CLASSY Awards
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San Diego Airport
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Day 1
Balboa Park
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SD Civic Theatre
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Day 2
& CLASSY Awards After Party
Port Pavilion on
Broadway Pier
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Marriott Marquis & Marina

Why You Should Attend

Justify an investment in the CLASSY Awards Weekend if You're...

A Social Enterprise or Nonprofit Leader

The CLASSY Awards weekend is an opportunity for social programs to be discovered by new funders and supporters. Discuss trends in your cause sector and advance your efforts by meeting new collaborative partners that are addressing similar problems.

Who you'll meet: Social partners looking to collaborate and potential investors interested in your work.

What you'll learn: New ways to be discovered by funders or donors, best practices relevant to your cause sector and emerging trends in the industry.

A Foundation or Impact Investor

The CLASSY Awards weekend is the perfect environment to discover new investment opportunities through innovative nonprofits and social enterprises that are either competing in the Awards or speaking at the Collaborative.

Who you'll meet: Nonprofit or social enterprise programs implementing effective strategies that align with your cause focus.

What you'll learn: The latest trends in your cause focus area and new avenues for funding and collaboration.

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In Academia or the Private Sector

The CLASSY Awards weekend continues to be one of the most inspirational events in the social sector. Year-after-year attendees are driven to create their own avenues of philanthropic engagement, given new insight into social trends or inspired to get involved with organizations recognized by the Leadership Council.

Who you'll meet: The brightest leaders in the social sector, comprised of both nonprofits and social enterprises, as well as the funders making their work possible.

What you'll learn: New information about social problems, the most innovative strategies for addressing those problems, and the most effective solutions that are driving progress.