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Independent Sector provides an unparalleled gathering place for the nonprofit community. We connect staff from charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs so they can exchange ideas, collaborate, and take action on issues of common concern.

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September 10, 2014 | C-Suite Midwest Regional Summit | Detroit Michigan | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

C-Suite Midwest Regional Summit
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM | Detroit, Michigan

How will you continue to lead a work place and a community that is becoming younger and more diverse? As time goes on, the driving force working to solve today’s social problems are sector neutral and much less homogenous by every demographic measure.

Independent Sector, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Michigan Nonprofit Association invite C-Suite leaders—executives reporting directly to the heads of their organizations—to participate in a one-day summit addressing successful strategies for diversity and engagement in the social sector.

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September 16, 2014 | NGen: Social Change through Movement Building | Part of the NGen Webinar Series on Leadership

NGen Webinar: Social Change through Movement Building
Tuesday, September 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

AMERICAN EXPRESS LOGO | Generously sponsored by the American Express FoundationPart of the NGen Webinar Series on Leadership

Social movements are responsible for some of the most transformational change in our society. Think about the women’s movement, civil rights movement, and even the modern conservative movement and there is no doubt about the power and significance of social movements.

Learn from experts in the field of movement building on what it takes to build a movement, the tools and resources needed to sustain a movement, and how nonprofit and philanthropic organizations can use movement building to advance social change. 

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November 15, 2014 | Microsoft Technology for Good: Site Visit & Hands-On Learning Experience | Redmond, Washington

Microsoft Technology for Good: Site Visit & Hands-On Learning Experience
Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Redmond, Washington

A Pre-Conference event for attendees of IMAGINE, the 2014 IS National Conference

Venture into the heart of innovation begin your Independent Sector conference journey early with an exclusive visit to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus.

The visit starts with a hands-on technology experience at the famous Microsoft Visitor’s Center. You’ll move through the history of Microsoft to the edge of the future where you’ll have a chance to interact with revolutionary technologies that are changing the world. Then, join your colleagues for a thought-provoking session with James Rooney, senior manager for Microsoft’s Technology for Good program. He will discuss Microsoft’s vision for improving the social sector, and teach practical ways that your organization can leverage technology to realize its mission and do more good.

Space is very limited for this trip, but guaranteed for full (three-day) IS National Conference attendees who register by July 9.

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November 15-16, 2014 | NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now | Pre-Conference Program  | Seattle, Washington

2014 NGen Pre-Conference Program
Saturday & Sunday, November 15-16, 2014 | Seattle, Washington

A Pre-Conference program of IMAGINE, the 2014 IS National Conference

The NGen Pre-Conference brings together nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, age 40 and under, for networking and professional development. This gathering of more than 120 next generation leaders complements the Independent Sector National Conference by strengthening the capacity of the sector's emerging leaders to contribute to addressing our society's most pressing social challenges.

The NGen Pre-Conference Program requires an additional registration fee and is not included in main Conference registration. Main Conference registration is optional for NGen attendees.

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November 15-16, 2014 | Public Policy Action Institute  | Seattle, Washington

2014 Public Policy Action Institute
Saturday & Sunday, November 15-16, 2014 | Seattle, Washington

A Pre-Conference program of IMAGINE, the 2014 IS National Conference

Public Policy Action Institute is an exciting day-and-a-half event that brings together a diverse group of nonprofit leaders, policy advocates, and communications professionals to discuss policy issues vital to advancing the work of the nonprofit sector and meeting the needs of our communities. It truly is our premiere policy gathering of the year. The Institute features timely expert presentations on the key issues facing the nonprofit and philanthropic sector; effective strategies for conveying our messages to policymakers; networking opportunities with other policy leaders; and practical, hands-on learning through small group breakout sessions.

Public Policy Action Institute requires an additional registration fee and is not included in main Conference registration. Main Conference registration is optional for NGen attendees.

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November 16-18, 2014 | IMAGINE: 2014 Independent Sector National Conference  | Seattle, Washington

IMAGINE: 2014 Independent Sector National Conference
November 16-18, 2014 | Seattle, Washington

One of the charitable community's premier annual events

IMAGINE we live in a just and inclusive society — a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities. That’s the vision of Independent Sector. 

Join us November 16-18 in Seattle at the Independent Sector National Conference, the most important networking event of the charitable sector, where we will harness the spirit, creativity, and innovation of the Pacific Northwest. Our program will inspire new ideas, examine ways to achieve greater impact, strengthen the charitable community by sharing our struggles and solutions, and create opportunity for new collaborations that improve the lives of the people we serve.

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November 18, 2014 | The ABCs of Diversity and Inclusion Post-Conference Program | Seattle, Washington

The ABCs of Diversity and Inclusion: Post-Conference Program
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Seattle, Washington

A Pre-Conference event for attendees of IMAGINE, the 2014 IS National Conference, supported by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Do your part for a just and inclusive society with a custom toolbox that promotes culture change, inclusive processes, and equitable outcomes. Organizational change experts explain the theory and practice of developing intercultural competence in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Take away new educational materials and fresh insights into fostering ongoing effective dialogue with colleagues around cultural competence, inclusiveness, and equity in this hands-on workshop.

This post-Conference program requires an additional registration fee and is not included in main Conference registration. Main Conference registration is optional for program attendees.

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November 18, 2014 | Ethics & Accountability Post-Conference Program | Seattle, Washington

Ethics & Accountability Post-Conference Program
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Redmond, Washington

A Pre-Conference event for attendees of IMAGINE, the 2014 IS National Conference, supported by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Do your part for a just and inclusive society with a custom toolbox that promotes culture change, inclusive processes, and equitable outcomes. Organizational change experts explain the theory and practice of developing intercultural competence in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Take away new educational materials and fresh insights into fostering ongoing effective dialogue with colleagues around cultural competence, inclusiveness, and equity in this hands-on workshop.

This post-Conference program requires an additional registration fee and is not included in main Conference registration. Main Conference registration is optional for program attendees.

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