Upswell is a growing wave of energy, experiences, and engagement. Our clear purpose: fighting for racial justice and getting the nation healthy, in every sense of that word.
Over the course of this year, our events will explore dynamic dimensions of those challenges. Then, in November, we’ll unleash everything – knowledge, innovation, and boundless ambition – into a three-day virtual summit that will push the limits of what’s possible when we work together.
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Do you believe in a society where every person can thrive?
Then Upswell is for you. We’re a diverse (and big) community of relentless changemakers. Nonprofit and foundation professionals, organizational leaders, philanthropists, innovators, artists, corporate citizens, community activists, and social entrepreneurs of every kind of mission for good. Creating a healthy and racially equitable nation will require nothing less than the absolute best that each of us has to offer – including you.
Marcus Walton of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations created a record-scratch moment first thing this morning when he said, “We don’t make change happen. We influence how change happens.” That’s how Day 3 of Upswell started – and here’s how it continued.
Iconic activist Angela Davis has a unique vantage point for assessing whether the potential for change is real or whether the status quo will win out. So, what about our current moment of racial reckoning? To a captivated audience, she said, “This is what our ancestors, who fought slavery were fighting for, this very moment.”
The 2021 Upswell Summit began with Uma Viswanathan of the New Pluralists Collaborative challenging us to, "Let yourself squirm in your chair. But stay in it." And that’s what happened at Upswell today. Incredibly difficult conversations. Challenges that would be easier to hide from. Provocations to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and bring not just others, but everyone into our community. The hardest work was showing up and remaining. Here’s a glimpse of what that looked like.
Upswell, powered by Independent Sector, is a community of thousands of engaged, passionate, and diverse changemakers – and the energy is constantly buzzing.
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