Champions for Change is a Workshop you can’t miss if you…

  • Desire greater clarity in your  role as the Backbone Organization or Leadership Roundtable within a mature collective impact initiative

  • Want to strengthen your ability to guide collective impact initiatives towards results

  • Need to enhance your knowledge and skill with shared measurement

  • Value the opportunity to learn more about working with and leading in complexity

  • Seek new approaches for sustaining, mobilizing and funding your collective impact  

Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact

April 19-21 | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Join together with the Tamarack Institute, the Collective Impact Forum, and Backbone organizations from across North America and internationally, to enhance your work in leading for Collective Impact. This year's trainings will feature renowned speakers, John KaniaLiz WeaverPaul BornVeronica Borgonovi, and Jennifer Splansky Juster along with experienced facilitators in collective impact. Learn more about the speakers here. 

We will gather in the beautiful Maritime city, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Take in your learning as you breathe in the sea breezes off the harbour. Spend your nights strolling the historic waterfront, eating fresh fish at cosmopolitan eateries or enjoy the east coast art and live music over a couple of drinks at Alexander Keith’s original 1820 brewery. We have also partnered with Destination Halifax to provide special VIP offers for participants of this workshop for a number of Halifax experiences. Learn more here. 


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 About Champions For Change

Collective Impact results when actors from different sectors commit to a common agenda for solving a complex social issue.  Backbone Organizations play a complex, behind-the-scenes role in the success of these collective impact initiatives.  Spanning six major activities and requiring a diversity of skills, the Backbone Organization is essential in maintaining alignment across the partners and supporting the effectiveness with which they fulfill their role. This alignment often determines the success or failure of the Collective Impact Initiative as a whole.

Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact is a multi-day interactive workshop designed for staff playing the backbone role and steering committee members of collective impact initiatives, demonstrating or working to implement all five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support).

The Tamarack Institute and The Collective Impact Forum have partnered to develop this dynamic learning experience to offer leaders of Backbone Organizations an advanced learning opportunity designed exclusively to develop their capacity as collaborative leaders. Participants of this learning event will explore topics such as:

  • Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone organization

  • Engaging the community in your initiative

  • Fostering collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders

  • Developing and learning from shared measurement

  • Evaluating collective impact

  • Sustaining funding for collective impact over the long term

  • Understanding the essential mindset shifts required to accomplish collective impact

Meet the

Engage and be inspired by these renowned thought-leaders on Collective Impact and Collaborative Roundtables.

Meet the Speakers  


Learn about
the Agenda

What topics will be part of this workshop? What are the key themes? Take a peek at our evolving program.

. See the Agenda



and FAQs

How much? What does the price include? Are subsidies available? What about travel? Learn the answers here.

  Logistics & FAQs



What Past Participants Have Said About Champions for Change

  • “[A highlight was] the "learning pods". The insights, information and relationships gained from this type of learning is invaluable. [I] Loved getting to know the people around my table and making connections."

  • “Much of what was presented and discussed are very applicable to the org[anization] I am with. The concepts also provided lots of "aha" moments for me. They provided clarity of vision that we had not been able to clearly articulate before."

  • “A most well organized and relevant conference. Connection into the academic and practical research sector [were] well planned. Thank you.”

Join Us!

Champions for Change will be taking place in one location in 2016  -- in Halifax, NS!

Please ensure that you register early as last year's Champions for Change workshops filled early and became oversubscribed.

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