Classy Awards Finalist Mama Hope

Have you ever wondered, with all the amazing conferences that exist for nonprofits, why there isn't one that puts the do-ers, the innovators, the YOU's of the world, at the forefront? Well, we have too!

The Collaborative is designed with a single purpose—to bring the social innovators hustling for world change together to share their stories in an exciting atmosphere of learning, discovery, and collaboration. Come, join us at the Collaborative, the premier showcase for leaders of innovation and the do-ers that make their visions possible.

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Hear from leaders on the front lines of social innovation.

How Investments in R+D Give Nonprofits the Ability to Dream

By Daniel Lurie
Founder & CEO, Tipping Point Community

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3 Ways Affinity Creates Social Impact

By Cindy Jones-Nyland
Chief Marketing Officer, Heifer International

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The Key to Successful Partnerships: Double-Check Your Own High Performance

By Andrew Wolk
Founder & CEO, Root Cause

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How Social Innovation Creates Solutions to World Hunger

By Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, World Food Programme

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Photo Credit: WFP/Marco Frattini

Michele Sullivan
President, The Caterpillar Foundation
Corinne Gray
Innovation Engagement Officer, UNHCR Innovation
Zubaida Bai
Founder & CEO, ayzh Inc
Christoph Gorder
Chief Global Water Officer, charity: water
Brad Ack
Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund
Stacy Bare
Director, Sierra Club Outdoors, Sierra Club
Jacob Harold
President & CEO, GuideStar
Brad Tytel
Advisor to the Director, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sonal Shah
Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University
Mary Snapp
President, Microsoft Philanthropies
Eric Nee
Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Host, Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel
Andrea Tamburini
CEO, Action Against Hunger

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Featured Innovations

Meet the minds behind the next generation of social solutions.

charity: water

Promoting data visibility and accountability through remote sensor technology

charity: water and their partners at developed remote sensor technology that informs whether water is flowing at any of the projects, at any given time, anywhere in the world. This project further advances transparency and sustainability in the water sector.

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Christoph Gorder
Chief Global Water Officer, charity: water
Air Shepherd

Ending Illegal Poaching in Africa

Lindbergh Foundation's “Air Shepherd” (AS) is a drone-based anti-poaching initiative, currently focused on elephants and rhinos. We lose 96 elephants every day, rhinos’ survival odds are worse. Unchecked, both iconic species will be gone in ten years. Help is needed now. Poaching, driven by obscene values for ivory and rhino horn, is taking a deadly toll.

Classy Awards

A celebration and after-party unlike any other.

What are the Classy Awards?

The Classy Awards exist to put a spotlight on the most remarkable changemakers of our generation. After two days of Collaborative sessions and great connections, we celebrated the top organizations in the sector with an Awards Ceremony and after party.


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
Action Against Hunger on Stage

Who are the Finalists?

The Finalists recognized this year are addressing the incredibly complex and equally severe problems we face today. Their efforts span global poverty and hunger, disease, education, climate change, disaster response and preparedness, and health care accessibility.


Classy Awards Finalists


Leadership Council Judges

See the 2016 Leadership Council

Winners announced at the Classy Awards

Congratulations Classy Awards Winners!


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