Innovation Strategy for Nonprofits Virtual Event

May 7, 2020

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Innovation is just different within nonprofits, NGOs, cause-oriented organizations, and industry groups. This one-day virtual event, will focus on how these organizations are connecting differently with members and supporters; designing new kinds of events and digital offerings; partnering; communicating externally; and working with government agencies and the private sector. This event will include several "white space" sessions where participants can propose topics they would like to discuss and convene groups of peers.


What to expect

Innovation Leader events are designed just for innovators working inside established organizations – no consultants, no software vendors, no sales pitches. For this gathering, we'll bring participants together virtually to discuss how to successfully make change happen inside mission-driven organizations. Be prepared for lots of interactive sessions, peer-driven learning, and tactics you can put to use immediately.

Real conversations, actual learning

Infused with peer-driven learning, skill-building, and interactive activities, our off-the-record sessions are for attendees' ears only. No slides, no panels, no fluff...just real conversations with your peers from the world's most successful organizations.

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Special advance session: Ted Molter, CMO of San Diego Zoo Global

Participants in this event will be invited to join us on April 30th at 2 PM ET for a special one-hour online session with Ted Molter, Chief Marketing Officer of San Diego Zoo Global, the not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. With a combined five million visitors each year, the Zoo and the Safari Park provide guests with the opportunity to see thousands of plant and animal species in person and up close. Ted will discuss how marketing, attention, and engagement are changing — what works in 2020, and what doesn't.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elana Wilner at

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Event FAQs

Who's participating in this event?

Space is limited to current innovation, strategy, communications, marketing, and development professionals in nonprofits, NGOs, and mission-driven organizations. If you’re responsible for new offerings, events, messaging, or emerging technologies inside your organization, you’re definitely the right fit.

How will I participate in this event?

We are using Zoom videoconferencing software for this event. This software is free, and easy to install on your work laptop, a personal laptop, or even an iPad or tablet. In advance of the event, download either the Zoom client for your operating system, or the mobile app for a tablet or iPad here. You'll receive all the zoom info ahead of the event. Just click the link when you're ready to join... or enter the nine-digit Meeting ID when you open the Zoom app.

Here's a quick video that shares five tips on participating in one of our virtual meetings on Zoom.

Will vendors be there pitching me?

No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from our Innovation Leader partners, we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.

Will you bore me with PowerPoints?

No. While some sessions may include slides, we've asked our session leaders to tilt the balance towards activities, exercises, and Q&A.

Will the media be there?

No. All our sessions are confidential and off-the-record.

Can I get a refund?

Event ticket purchases are final. However, you may substitute or transfer your registration to a colleague up to the day before the event — just let us know, so we have the new participant's contact info.

What is the code of conduct at your events?

We are dedicated to creating a professional, safe, welcoming, and harassment-free environment for all our attendees — whether online or in-person. Please see our complete code of conduct here.

What is Innovation Leader?

If you’re working to make change happen inside a large organization, Innovation Leader was created especially for you.

We create downloadable templates and tools; report on what the world’s best companies are doing; and convene your peers to share best practices, in conference calls, webcasts, and at live events. Everything we do is geared to helping you deliver impact in your organization, whether you work in strategy, R&D, new ventures, design, technology, or innovation.

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