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2018 annual conference

2018 Collaborative Conference

2018 Collaborative Conference – Inclusion by Design 2.0: Our Collective Mosaic

Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR), the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP), and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) were proud to team up for a second time to present the 2018 collaborative conference on October 4 & 5 in State College. This year's theme – Inclusion by Design 2.0: Our Collective Mosaic – was built on the successes, lessons learned, and questions raised at the 2017 collaborative conference. We rolled up our sleeves to dig deeper into our own assumptions and to embrace inclusion as an integral part of how we define and how we achieve success in our work.

The beauty of inclusion is that it is a chameleon – for some, it’s about designing services to be widely accessible to people of different ability levels, cultural, religious, or economic backgrounds, sexual orientations. For others, it’s about considering new faces to invite to the table, whether that be the board table, the funding table, the staff table or something else entirely.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating and embracing diversity, uniqueness and the art of intentional inclusion!

Key Details

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 (CAAP) Self-Sufficiency Awards recognize significant accomplishments and hard work 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 was held in State College, PA on October 4th, 2018. 

CAAP honored 20 individuals with the full Self-Sufficiency Award and recognized seven 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. 

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2018 Award Winners

Thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors