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

Boston Leaders Welcome the Collaborative

The Host Committee is a board of local influential leaders that represent social innovation in Boston. Members, who come from a diverse array of industries and expertise, welcome the Collaborative community to their city.

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New year, new location

The Collaborative is a biennial, three-day event that convenes top leadership from across the social sector and showcases innovative solutions to today's global problems. The experience features thought-provoking panels, curated debates, and first-hand access to the most exciting innovations happening today. Read why we chose Boston for the 2016 event.

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Recognizing excellence in social innovation

The Classys recognize excellence in social innovation. The yearlong initiative leverages a comprehensive evaluation process to identify the most excellent organizations. Last year, more than 3,600 programs in 115 countries were evaluated for the Awards. Winners are selected by members of the Leadership Council.

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Important dates to remember

  • Nominations Open  |  January 6, 2016
  • Early Bird Tickets on Sale  |  Early 2016
  • Finalists Announced  |  April 19, 2016
  • Collaborative  |  June 14-15, 2016
  • Classy Awards  |  June 16, 2016

Join us as a sponsor or partner

The Collaborative provides an exceptional opportunity to connect your brand with the organizations and individuals leading social innovation today. Join us in hosting the preeminent event in the social sector. See our previous partners and sponsors or refer a new partner or sponsor to get involved in the 2016 Collaborative.

You [Polaris Project and Palantir Technologies] and I have to connect. I work in animal trafficking and you work in human trafficking. We have to be dealing with the same people. That’s exactly what the Classy Awards weekend is for, to bring people like us together.”

Jeffrey Parrish
CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Who's Been Involved

Past participants

Raymond Offenheiser
President & CEO, Oxfam America
Susan Asiyanbi
Executive VP, Teach for America
Jake Wood
CEO, Team Rubicon
Dr. Helene Gayle
CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative (Formerly President & CEO, CARE USA)
Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group
Eric Braverman
Senior Fellow & Lecturer, Yale (Formerly CEO, Clinton Foundation)
Jim Gibbons
President & CEO, Goodwill Industries International
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO, Humane Society of the United States
Leila Janah
Founder & CEO, Sama Group, Co-Founder & CEO, Laxmi
Adam Garone
Co-Founder & CEO, Movember
Craig McClure
Chief of HIV/AIDS, Programme Division, UNICEF
Premal Shah
President, Kiva
Amy Herskovitz
EVP Programs & Director Social Entrepreneurship, Pershing Square Foundation
Chris Helfrich
Senior Director, UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets Campaign
Paul Rice
President & CEO, Fair Trade USA
Jacob Lief
Founder & CEO, Ubuntu Education Fund
Lesley Bourns
Humanitarian Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Hyesook Chung
Executive Director, DC Action for Children
Charles Best
Founder & CEO,
Jamie Tworkowski
Founder, To Write Love on Her Arms
Carla Thompson
VP Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Aaron North
VP of Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Mark Tercek
President & CEO, Nature Conservancy
Aleem Walji
Chief Innovation Advisor, The World Bank
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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.

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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.


Leadership Council Members

See the 2014 Leadership Council

Countries Represented

Organizations that have been involved

City Awake
Palantir Technologies United Nations Foundation Oxfam America GuideStar Southwest Center for High Impact Philanthropy UPENN Salesforce Foundation PVBLIC Foundation

Boston, MA  |  June 14-16