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2022 Events Just Announced: Collaborative and Classy Awards


By Jess Woloszyn


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Published February 9, 2022 Reading Time: 5 minutes

Today, we announce two of Classy’s most memorable events. Register for the leading nonprofit conference of the year, the Collaborative, and submit your application for the 2022 Classy Awards.


Collaborative 2022: Fast Facts

The Background

Collaborative is a multi-day experience designed specifically for nonprofit professionals. In 2021, we loved hosting over 7,000 attendees and 5,000 organizations from 93 countries with our virtual experiences.

But let’s be honest, we also miss the in-person experiences that shaped this event since its inception in 2012. This year, we are combining the flexibility of a virtual experience with the excitement of live in-person sessions to offer a truly impactful event for anyone, anywhere.

The Conversation

Join us June 15-16, 2022 live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or remotely from the comfort of your home for timely conversations about fundraising and technology. Collaborative is known for hosting sessions led by a diverse group of expert speakers, such as:

  • Reshma Saujani, Leading Activist & Founder of Girls Who Code and Marshall Plan for Moms
  • Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Southwest Airlines
  • Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire, Founder and Principal Owner, Ben Crump Law
  • Denise Kruszewski, CEO and Owner of the Center for Stress Recovery & Resilience
  • Joan Garry, Principal and Founder of Joan Garry Consulting and Nonprofit Leadership Lab
  • Bert Jacobs,Chief Executive Optimist and Co-Founder of Life is Good
  • Braden Lay-Michaels,Chief Development Officer of The Trevor Project
  • Laura Croft, VP for Advancement at the CDC Foundation

At Collaborative, you can expect best practices to leverage innovative tools that improve today’s fundraising experience for everyone involved. We’ve built the event to introduce meaningful learning opportunities and live, hands-on workshops. Each session, exhibitor, and dedicated networking opportunity will offer new perspectives and inspiration that will stick with you well beyond our closing celebrations.

No matter where you sit within your organization, you’ll gain actionable takeaways aligned with your interests. All sessions are designed to provide the right strategies and business insights for various roles within the nonprofit space. Register to be the first to hear who’s on this year’s lineup.

Are you interested in sponsoring? Get in touch with us by April 1, 2022.

The First-of-Their-Kind Experiences

We opened the 2021 Collaborative with the announcement of Classy Academy. The excitement led us to invite all Classy customers to maximize their learning potential with our first Classy Academy User Conference. Join us on June 14, 2022, one day before everything kicks off, for a deep dive into the platform’s possibilities for your nonprofit.

All Collaborative guests will also be invited to join our celebration of the 2022 Classy Award Winners. Designed to recognize the work of nonprofits that are driving lasting change in the world, the Classy Awards are our opportunity to shine a spotlight on these incredible organizations. Read more about the Classy Awards.

The Flexibility

Customize your event experience by choosing from two attendance options.

Join us live in Philadelphia to connect safely in person and be fully immersed in the action for the first time since 2019. The 2022 Collaborative is taking over the Fishtown neighborhood, the intersection of Philly’s culinary, art, and music trend to mark the occasion in style.

Check out a few of the live event spaces you’ll experience the action live:

The Fillmore

The Fillmore

Punch Line

Punch line


Access virtual Collaborative sessions without leaving your desk. Join virtual breakout rooms, network with like-minded peers, and experience Classy Live, our brand new virtual and hybrid event platform in action.


Classy Awards 2022: Fast Facts

The Background

The Classy Awards celebrate the most innovative nonprofits with the recognition they truly deserve. Every year, we evaluate nominations from top organizations leveraging revolutionary ideas, unconventional models, and the latest technologies to combat society’s most significant challenges. In 2021, Classy Awards Winners were selected from a pool of 280 entries.

Our Classy Awards Committee and Leadership Council carefully review each nomination. If you applied last year, you’re already one step ahead. Simply update your information to be considered for the 2022 awards.

The Impact

Members of the Classy Awards community gain tremendous credibility as top industry leaders in the social sector. These nonprofits establish trusted reputations as trailblazers and creatives. This year for the first time, Classy is proud to announce a $90,000 prize pool that will be split between the Classy Awards winners!

Each winner becomes part of the small group of changemakers who have been honored through the Classy Awards. That brings a heightened sense of exclusivity to your organization. Winners are also featured in the Classy Awards press releaseblog feature, and have the opportunity to receive media recognition.

2022 Classy Awards Winners are invited to an exclusive cocktail reception with social sector leaders and influencers as part of the Collaborative experience.

The Eligibility Criteria

Here’s what defines an eligible organization:

  • Applicants must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, and a valid EIN
  • Organizations must have headquarters in the United States, but programs can operate anywhere in the world
  • Must have a representative who is a U.S. resident
  • Representatives who complete the profile must be 18 years or older
  • Programs must address a quantifiable social problem
  • Programs must have at least one year of measurable results
  • Organizations may submit up to five programs for consideration

The Key Dates

  • Nominations close on March 15, 2022
  • Finalists are announced on April 7, 2022
  • Winners are announced on June 14, 2022

Feel the Impact      

Before you go, get to know what makes the Collaborative and Classy Awards so meaningful, directly from attendees.

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