The Most Exciting Social Innovations Driving the Sector

ALLISON GAUSS | August 11, 2016

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The social impact sector constantly evolves and develops new solutions to the world’s toughest problems. That’s why it was so exciting to bring together 1,000 of the world’s most innovative nonprofit professionals, social entrepreneurs, and social sector leaders at the 2016 Collaborative + Classy Awards. During the three-day event, people from all backgrounds and cause sectors shared their work, discussed their challenges, and learned from each other.

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