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In it’s third year, Sharing Innovation has become a national gathering of community change makers. A fast-paced event blends big ideas and concrete tools from your peers across the US and Canada. This is an opportunity for you to see examples of charitable leaders doing innovative -yet practical – things to make huge systems changes.

Who comes to Sharing Innovation? Attendees don’t fit into one neat box – we have nonprofit leaders, foundation staff, government officials, researchers and academics. What brings them to this event is that they all believe the nonprofit sector could do more by doing things differently – together. Sharing Innovation attendees aren’t pie-in-the-sky idealists – we’re the kind of folks that keep Tupperware at our desks for event leftovers and call it “waste diversion” (or “employee benefits”). From our seats on the front lines, we know we can make the work nonprofits do more effective and impactful.

What could you do differently? So much of the work in the nonprofit sector is limited by people who say “We’ve always done it this way. Why change?” or “It’ll cost too much to change our ways…” (For those folks, I hate to break it to you, but it’s 2019. We have driverless cars, intelligent coffee pots, and convincing chat bots…it’s TIME to rethink what’s possible.) Sharing Innovation is about seeing what others have done and inspiring change in your community.

Looking for the nuts and bolts? Take the Nonprofit Centers Boot Camp Course online before you come! 

Thank You To Our
2019 Sponsor:

Join Us and You Will…

  • Learn about innovative models for shared spaces, shared services, and social purpose real estate
  • Discover big ideas and concrete tactics for collaboration
  • Connect with your colleagues from across the US and Canada
  • Enjoy time in beautiful Denver, CO or attend online – Livestream

Want a taste? Check out some highlights previous years:

Bus Tours – See Inspiring Spaces

Denver is home to one of the largest concentrations of shared spaces in the United States. Here are the spaces we will tour on October 9th starting at 12:30pm

The Alliance Center

Center Theme: Sustainability
Address: 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver CO 80201

NCN’s home and a shared space that is a LEED Platinum building.

Commons on Champa

Center Theme: Community collaboration
Address: 1245 Champa Street Denver, CO 80202

“Co.mmunity” space for entrepreneurs and innovators to share ideas, resources and encouragement.

Posner Center for International Development

Center Theme: International development
Address: 1031 33rd St. Denver, CO 80205

A 25,000 square-foot shared space in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood with more than 60 organizations and businesses that share a mission of international development and to create solutions for global poverty.

910Arts Center

Center Theme: Arts
Address: 910 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80204

An innovative green building offering work and living space known as a “gathering place for art and ideas.”

Volunteers Of America Bill Daniels Veteran Services Center

Center Theme: Human Services (Veterans Support Services
Address: 1247 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204

Through their Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Female Veteran Program and partnerships with other veteran-serving organizations across Colorado, Volunteers of America provides veterans and their families who are living in Colorado access to transitional housing, employment services, substance abuse treatment and other support services.

Event Agenda – October 10, 2019:

8:00 AM – Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM – Welcome

9:15 AM – 10:20 AM – Sessions

10:20 AM – Break

10:35 AM – 11:55 AM – Sessions

11:55 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:50 PM  – Sessions

1:50 PM – Break

2:05 PM – 3:10 PM – Sessions

3:10 PM – Closing Remarks

3:30 PM – Cocktail Hour for those attending in Denver

Denver Location Details:

Terrace Room at
1380 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO  80204

Where to Stay

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel 
918 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
 Start date: 10/8/19
End date: 10/11/19
Last day to book:10/8/19
$209.00 USD per night
Or call 888-236-2427 – reference ‘Nonprofit Centers’ to reservation agents.
Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown
1400 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202
Start date: 10/8/19
End date: 10/11/19
Last day to book: 10/8/19
$199.00 USD night
SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown
1190 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204  
Start date: 10/8/19
End date: 10/11/19
Last day to book: 9/8/19
209.00 USD per night

Why Sharing Innovation is Different

Sharing Innovation is not your typical lecture style workshop. We purposefully designed Sharing Innovation to be experiential, collaborative and the starting point for you to let your mind dream big and have no restraints of what your shared space can become. Many of our workshop collaborators started right where you are. With that desire and drive to do more for your space, for your community and heck push be bold.

Sharing innovation gives you the safe space to throw out ideas, think about how you can use your space differently, what community partners can you bring in for say a monthly food bank, skill training, etc.

What if by attending you find the passion again that might have been buried by paperwork, emails, meetings, grant writing, a leaky kitchen faucet, and the list goes on?


Attend Online

Hear all the presenters, ask questions, network with other online attendees all from your location. You might be thinking, attending an all-day event online would be a drain on the brain.  Not this time. We make sure we’re delivering you high-quality video and sound, so it’s the next best thing to attending in person. The content is engaging so you’ll want to close all your other programs and browser windows to focus in. We know you’ll have questions and get excited to ask those. Post your question and we’ll ask it live. How cool is that?

Need more social interaction? Host a watch party in your space and invite your colleagues within your organization or from around the region. This is of course on the honor system – you could host a watch party and not tell us. BUT, if you register your watch party, we’ll send you additional activities and questions that you can use to start the conversation during our many strategically timed breaks.

If you want to host a regional watch party, you’ll get a different set of activities we’ll help you spread the word with other social changemakers who we know in the area!

Registration Rates:

Early – $99 Member / $179 Non-Member
Now  – August 30, 2019

Regular – $179 Member / $199 Non-Member
August 31 – October 4, 2019

Watch Party Registration Rates:

Organizational – $199 Member / $359 Non-Member

Regional – $399 Member / $719 Non-Member

Attend in Denver, CO

Come join us in person in Denver, CO.  Pick the brains of your peers between speakers, connect over lunch, and make sure to attend the networking hour.

If you have two days to spend in the Mile High City, join us on October 9th for additional activities. In the morning, an optional workshop designed with our members in mind will scratch that problem-solving itch. Then in the afternoon, visit three innovative shared spaces before getting your networking on at a no-host dinner.

*Bus tour included in your registration. Other activities will have additional fees.

Registration Rates:

Early, Early – $129 Member / $179 Non-Member
Now – May 2, 2019

Early – $179 Member / $249 Non-Member
May 3 – August 30, 2019

Regular – $329 Member / $379 Non-Member
August 31 – October 4, 2019

Built to Collaborate: Facilitating Connections in Shared Space
Wednesday, October 9th 9:00-11:00AM

This session is limited to 35 people! (Denver attendees only)

So, you work in the same space…but do you work TOGETHER?

Saul Ettlin, Real Estate Consultant with the Community Vision and Jackie Cefola, Consulting Director with The Nonprofit Centers Network, will walk you through the steps of how (mostly place-based) groups can better foster collaboration.

The session will address important questions like… 

  • Who should facilitate collaboration in your space? 
  • What is the importance of this role? 
  • How do you decide what is the impact that you need to achieve?
  • How can the benefits be evaluated and effectively communicated?
  • How NCN can help.

With the unique challenges and benefits of working in a nonprofit center, catalyzing collaboration can be an intimidating hurdle. However, this session will provide you with the right tools to recognize how shared space really is built to collaborate. 

The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Ave
Denver, CO 80202

Price: $49 per person

Nonprofit Centers Network

1536 Wynkoop Street, Suite 103
Denver, CO 80202

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