SXSW Meets Philanthropy


Independent Sector, a coalition of 600 nonprofits, plans to take its annual conference and transform it into an interactive forum for discussion and problem solving within the social sector. The initiative known as Upswell will mimic SXSW, the Austin-based annual conglomerate that creates a platform for artists and musicians to network and showcases their work. Upswell just launched a website to begin collecting ideas and virtually connect nonprofit leaders.

In addition to a conference, Upswell will offer leaders multiple opportunities to come together throughout the year. And they will drive the agenda. Attendees will be encouraged to observe and capitalize on the work being done by experts in their sector, the goal being to close the gap between innovation and expertise. Heavily backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), education will be a significant focus of the project.

Mark your calendars for the first Upswell event happening on November 14-16, 2018. Registration opens in January 2018. LEARN MORE