2018 Collaborative Conference – Inclusion by Design 2.0: Our Collective Mosaic
Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR), the Community Action Association of PA (CAAP), and the PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) are once again teaming up to bring Pennsylvania nonprofits an unforgettable conference experience. Not only are we now accepting workshop proposals and sponsors for the 2018 Collaborative Conference, we’re also excited to announce our opening keynote speaker. Scroll down for more and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating this year’s theme – Inclusion by Design 2.0: Our Collective Mosaic – on October 4 & 5 in State College, PA.
Workshop Request for Proposals
The Collaborative Conference offers nonprofit professionals from all over Pennsylvania a unique, once-a-year opportunity to connect, network, learn from each other, learn from experts, and together leverage our collective power to create change. This year, with our theme of Inclusion by Design 2.0: Our Collective Mosaic, we are building on the successes, lessons learned, and questions raised at the 2017 Collaborative Conference.
The beauty of inclusion is that it is a chameleon. No matter what inclusion means to you, we hope you’ll come prepared to challenge yourself and others. We hope attendees will leave ready to approach inclusion with purpose – as a mindset and not a requirement.
Ready to dig in? Submit your workshop proposal here! Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities
Show your support for PA nonprofits, get to know your customers (both current and future!), and have fun doing it by sponsoring the 2018 Collaborative Conference. This event brings together more than 400 nonprofit leaders from all over the state to learn, network, and share in building stronger communities across our commonwealth. They also come eager to meet our for-profit partners who can provide them with specialized services and support while helping to advance their missions – so if you’ve got a unique service, product, or partnership opportunity to offer the nonprofit community in PA, this is the place to be. Ready to get involved? Check out this year's sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities!
Opening Keynote Speaker - Vu Le
Does the state of funding in the nonprofit sector keep you up at night? Ever get yourself worked into a tizzy over the injustices running rampant in the world? Feel like no one else will ever understand your campaign for Oxford Commas in nonprofit marketing language? Fear not, Vu Le gets you.
Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves.
Intrigued? Never heard of Vu? Want to know more about Oxford Commas? Read up on his blog and stay tuned for further announcements about Vu’s keynote address at the Collaborative Conference on Thursday, October 4.
2018 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards Ceremony
Each year, the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania’s Self-Sufficiency Awards recognize the significant accomplishments of the award winners while showcasing how Community Action Agencies support an individual's path toward self-sufficiency. This year, in conjunction with the 2018 Collaborative Conference, the Self-Sufficiency Awards ceremony will be held in State College, PA on October 4th, 2018 at 6:00PM.
Last year, CAAP honored 22 individuals with the full Self-Sufficiency Award and recognized three Community Action clients who demonstrated excellent progress towards self-sufficiency. During the SSA ceremony, we learned about how these individuals found themselves in financial uncertainty, the role Community Action played during their journey back into the middle class, and their vision for the future. The video below highlights some of wonderful moments from last year's ceremony.