2023 GPNP Summit: Transformative Leadership, Partnership, and Co-creation

The biennial Summit this past Nov. 9-10, 2023 focused on celebrating and elevating our region’s existing transformative leaders and collaborative partnerships, while sparking innovative solutions for co-creating an equitable future. 

Past and Present Sponsors


Corporate sponsor logo: UPMC


Grable Foundation is a Co-Creator sponsor of the GPNP Summit


Pittsburgh Foundation
Heinz Endowments


Highmark BCBS & Allegheny Health Network
Henry L. Hillman Foundation


Lattus: mentoring platform
Gateway Health - it's wholecare - logo
Eden Hall Foundation
W.I. Patterson Charitable Fund


Pressley Ridge
Stauton Farm Foundation
AARP Pittsburgh
PACE Pittsburgh
First National Bank logo
University of Pittsburgh - GSPIA
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
McAuley Ministries


United Way of SW PA
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh - School of Social Work
Sisterson logo
Carlow University
Key Medium - Philadelphia and Pittsburgh-based digital agency


Pittsburgh Ballet
Maher Duessel logo
Allies for health + wellbeing
Agora World
Perkins Eastman
Wolf Consulting
Merrill Lynch

What our members and sponsors are saying

As a sponsor, we are able to see firsthand how GPNP is dedicated to educating not-for-profits on issues that affect them and the Pittsburgh region. The GPNP Summit provides another opportunity to observe, collaborate and discover ways to make our community a better place to live and work. A more knowledgeable community is essential to a vibrant local economy.

Rachel Trunk

Baker Tilly

Dr. Hannah Karolak at the GPNP Summit 2019
GPNP creates a dynamic and vibrant network of change makers committed to strengthening our region. It is a powerful and necessary force in tackling some of our most pressing issues. The GPNP Summit is a transformational experience. At the Summit, I’ve learned key skills and built partnerships and a network to collaborate on a more strategic level.
Chris Cooke

Former Executive Director, Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE)

What I have experienced with GPNP is the amazing workshops, webinars, using the Catchafire pilot for 17 projects for The Stepping Stone Pathways as well as utilizing the Executive-in-Residence program. The GPNP Summit means that people who are not able to attend in person can attend to virtual webinars and still benefit from some of the informational sessions that are being offered. During the summit [we had] sessions that teach you HOW to achieve your goal; it is invaluable to grow and expand your business.

Alice Washington

Executive Director, The Stepping Stone Pathways

As a GPNP member and partner for over a decade I am proud to be associated with a membership organization that cares both about its members and those they serve. Pittsburgh has a strong and vibrant nonprofit community because of the continued efforts of GPNP.The GPNP Summit for years has provided the opportunity to build stronger personal and professional relationships. I can only imagine the partnerships that have been formed as a direct result of conversations at past Summits. I have no doubt this year’s Summit will continue that trend.
Todd Whiteman

Executive Vice President, Enscoe Long Insurance Group

Relive the GPNP Summit from 2023 and earlier:

GPNP held our biennial Summit in-person on Nov. 9-10, 2023, with over 1,400 leaders in attendance!

A Gathering of Visionaries in Southwestern Pennsylvania

The 2023 GPNP Summit, hosted at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, was a milestone event, marking another successful year of bringing together over 1,400 people from the nonprofit, higher education, business, and public sectors. This biennial gathering, powered by the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP), a coalition of over 500 organizations, showcased a remarkable blend of collaboration, learning, and innovation.

Two Days of Engaging and Impactful Activities

Our attendees, from across the region and beyond, experienced a dynamic agenda spread over November 9th and 10th, 2023.

Day 1 Highlights:

  • Plenaries and Workshops: Interactive sessions designed to foster collaboration and share knowledge.
  • Awards Ceremony: Celebrating the outstanding contributions of nonprofits and partners in our region.
  • Donor Engagement Reception: A unique opportunity to connect with and acknowledge our supporters.

Day 2 Insights:

  • Over 50 Workshops and Sessions: Tailored to encourage strategic thinking and practical solutions.
  • Networking Opportunities: Building bridges between sectors to enhance advocacy and collaborative capacity.
  • Exhibits: Showcasing the talents of regional artists and the support of our generous sponsors.

Key Takeaways and Lasting Impact

The Summit was not just an event but a catalyst for change, empowering participants to:

  • Forge Strategic Collaborations: Learn how to increase organizational capacity and address critical social issues in southwestern Pennsylvania, aligning with the Social Determinants of Health and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Strengthen Advocacy and Partnerships: Build meaningful relationships with elected officials and cross-sector partners to enhance the nonprofit sector’s influence and collaborative abilities.
  • Measure Success Effectively: Understand the importance of strategy, collaboration, and data in achieving impactful outcomes.
  • Plan and Optimize Resources: Equip your organization with the tools and insights to serve your community more effectively through strategic collaboration and resource management.

Stay Connected and Inspired

Missed the Summit or want to revisit the inspiring moments? Follow @thegpnp on Instagram for exclusive clips and highlights from the 2023 GPNP Summit. Join us in reflecting on the achievements and insights shared, as we continue to build a stronger, more connected nonprofit community in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

GPNP held our biennial Summit virtually on Oct. 13-15, 2021, with over 700 leaders in attendance!

For more than a decade, thousands of amazing organizations have been enthusiastic participants in a biennial Summit hosted by The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership.

In 2021, the three-day hybrid Summit provided a platform for speakers, learners, community members, and sponsors to share, celebrate, and co-create the amazing work that nonprofits and our partners contribute to building a just region for all. By fostering opportunities for ongoing connection, we challenge attendees to collaborate with presenters, speakers, and each other to imagine how successes and lessons learned can be used to build effective local and regional solutions to complex challenges.

2021 GPNP Summit

GPNP held our biennial Summit on Dec. 3, 2019, with over 1,000 leaders in attendance!

Hosted by The Forbes Funds, the GPNP Summit $1,500 benefit is accessible to all our members, as well as our corporate sponsors, consultants, and partners.

For more than a decade, thousands of amazing organizations have been enthusiastic participants in a biennial nonprofit summit. Attendees learned more about innovative approaches and opportunities in fulfilling missions and to move beyond the boundaries of their sectors to know the value of multi-disciplinary alliances.

The 2017 GPNP Summit attracted 1,200 community, government, philanthropic and corporate leaders, all dedicated to making the city sustainable, vibrant and healthy.

The 2017 Nonprofit Summit is was held October 5-6, 2017. Check out the video below about the Summit.

GPNP Summit 2017

GPNP issued the following press release in advance of Summit 2015: Our Region Wins When We Work Together

October 13, 2015: More than 1,200 nonprofit executives, public officials, and business leaders will convene on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for Summit 2015: Our Region Wins When We Work Together, the largest conference of private, public, and nonprofit organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Videos from the 2015 summit appear below. You can also read the archived press release here and see coverage from Next Pittsburgh.

The Greater Pittsburgh 2013 Nonprofit Summit: From Ideas to Action

Continuing to convene nonprofit leaders from across southwestern Pennsylvania, the Nonprofit Summit featured workshops, networking, and continued collaboration across the region.

The Nonprofit Summit in 2011 took place working to bolster nonprofits to build a better region.

Continuing to convene nonprofit leaders from across southwestern Pennsylvania, the Nonprofit Summit featured workshops, networking, and continued collaboration across the region. Some such events included: Technology & Social Media, Measuring Change, and more.

In 2005, The Forbes Funds created the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP).

The Forbes Funds formalizes the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP).

In 2005, The Forbes Funds founded the GPNP to address the increasing concern that the nonprofit sector was not connected with then-current charitable tax discussions across the state.

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