Boston, MA  |  June 14-16

A three-day experience showcasing excellence in social innovation, culminating in the Classy Awards.

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Nominations Close February 29

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News & Updates

Everything you need to know about the Collaborative

Apply for a Classy Award today

Nominations for the 6th Annual Classy Awards are officially open. Nonprofits and for-profits are invited to apply before February 29. Finalists receive round-trip flights to Boston courtesy of Southwest Airlines. Winners are chosen for their excellence in social innovation.

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Collaborative Tickets

Early bird tickets to the Collaborative + Classy Awards are now on sale. Take advantage of this incredibly low price before they increase on March 1. Claim your spot today!

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Leadership Council

We're excited to welcome Daniel Lurie, Founder & CEO of Tipping Point Community, Ben Powell, Founder & CEO of Agora Partnerships, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of World Food Programme, Blake Masters, President of Thiel Foundation and Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Executive Director at Peery Foundation to the 2016 Leadership Council.

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The Collaborative provides an exceptional opportunity to connect your brand with the organizations and individuals leading social innovation today. Guidestar and Southwest have officially joined us this year, helping us provide our attendees with the best experience possible. Join us in hosting the preeminent event in the social sector. See our previous partners and sponsors or email to get involved in the 2016 Collaborative.

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Important dates to remember

January 6, 2016
Nominations open
February 3, 2016
Early bird tickets on sale
April 19, 2016
Finalists announced
June 14-15, 2016
June 16, 2016
Classy Awards

The Collaborative creates a space to share and have conversations about the challenges that we are all facing and the successes that we are all celebrating, because at the end of the day, we all have the same goal — improving the world."

Carrie Pena
Chief Marketing Officer, buildOn


A few of the leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs involved

Jim Bildner
CEO & Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, World Food Programme
Cheryl Dorsey
President, Echoing Green
Sergio Fernandez De Cordova
Co-Founder, P3GM and PVBLIC Foundation, Private Sector Advisory Group, SDG-FUND
Daniel Lurie
Founder & CEO, Tipping Point Community
Michael Markarian
Chief Program & Policy Officer, Humane Society of the United States
Blake Masters
President, Thiel Foundation
Ben Powell
Founder & CEO, Agora Partnerships
Sonal Shah
Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University
Andrea Tamburini
CEO, Action Against Hunger
Erica Williams Simon
Editor, Upworthy
Rebecca Winthrop
Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution
Mo Cowan
Senior VP & COO, ML Strategies
Of Counsel to Mintz Levin, United States Senator (Ret.) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Michael Durkin
President, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
Jeff Fagnan
Founder, TUGG & Partner, Accomplice VC
Margaret Hall
National Director & Co-Founder, GreenLight Fund
Kerry Healey
President, Babson College
John Kania
Managing Director, FSG
George Overholser
CEO & Co-Founder, Third Sector Capital Partners
Tracy Palandjian
CEO & Co-Founder, Social Finance
Ayanna Pressley
City Councilor, Boston City Council
Emily Reichert
CEO, Greentown Labs
Eric Schwarz
CEO & Co-Founder, College for Social Innovation and Co-Founder & Former CEO, Citizen Schools
C.A. Webb
Partner & Co-Founder, Assemble VC and Former Head, New England Venture Capital Association
See 2014 Attendees

Organizations that have been involved

City Awake Good Echoing Green Standford Social Innovation Review
Southwest Palantir Technologies Oxfam America GuideStar United Nations Foundation Center for High Impact Philanthropy UPENN Salesforce Foundation PVBLIC Foundation

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.

Know someone that would be a great fit as a Speaker, Partner, Leadership Council or Fellow?  

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

Getting There

Tickets & Travel Logistics

Everything you need to get to the Collaborative + Classy Awards. Plan Your Trip.


Join us June 14-16, 2016 in Boston, MA

A ticket to the Collaborative + Classy Awards includes admission to both days of the Collaborative and the Classy Awards ceremony.



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2-day Collaborative pass + Classy Awards ceremony



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2-day Collaborative pass + Classy Awards ceremony



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2-day Collaborative pass + Classy Awards ceremony