2021 GPNP Summit

Packed with opportunities to connect you with pertinent professional development resources, networking, workshops, and more. Our focus honed in on healing, connecting, and co-creating justice-focused solutions to the Greater Pittsburgh region’s toughest challenges and took place Oct. 13-15. Miss anything? Don’t worry, recordings of all sessions are available until January 2022.


2021 GPNP Summit

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The 2021 Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) Summit offered an opportunity to connect 700+ attendees with pertinent resources; identify and develop cross-sectoral strategies for nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and the public sector; and empower people to collaborate, advocate, and act.

“I thought I understood the value of networking, and then I attended the GPNP summit and learned the true value of networking. I thought I understood the value of continuing professional development and education, and then I joined GPNP and learned the true value of continued learning. I didn’t think I could be inspired by nonprofit speakers, and then I attended GPNP events and summit and became inspired.”

John Denny

Principal, Denny Civic Solutions

How can I access session recordings?

Miss anything? Don’t worry, recordings of all sessions are available until January 2022. If you were not registered previously, you can simply Pay to Access Recordings here.

What is the event format?

All presentations were held virtually on the Cvent Platform – access the Attendee Hub here. Sessions took place on October 13, 14, and 15 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time. Some attendees will participate in person at small events across the region for select portions of the Summit.

Attendees have the chance to log in to the AttendeeHub portal an hour in advance of sessions and Summit events to explore the platform, participate in interactive or pre-recorded virtual wellness experiences join networking group “lounges”, make one-on-one connections with other attendees.

Who should attend?
  • Nonprofit leaders and staff (discounted fees for GPNP Members!)
  • Hospitals
  • Public officials
  • Corporations
  • Fellows 
  • Media
  • Community organizations
  • Funders
  • Vendors
  • Universities
  • Partners
  • Students (discounted fees for students!)
    What are the expected outcomes?
    • Learn how to create strategic collaborations that increase organizational capacity and focus on addressing pressing social issues in southwestern Pennsylvania, including those that concern the Social Determinants of Health:
      • Education,
      • Economic stability,
      • Social and community context,
      • Neighborhood and the built environment, and
      • Health and healthcare.
    • Build relationships with elected officials and other cross-sector partners to improve the nonprofit sector’s advocacy presence and capacity to collaborate
    • Understand how to measure success based on strategy, collaboration and collection of data.
    • Begin to formulate your plan to increase your organization’s capacity to serve your community through strategic collaboration and resource optimization.
    Can you tell me more about this year's theme?

    This year’s virtual Summit will focus on healing, connecting, and co-creating justice-focused solutions to our region’s toughest challenges.

    • Heal: enhancing wellness across the nonprofit sector and the communities we serve and supporting recovery from the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism

    • Connect: encouraging human and organizational collaboration and community building

    • Co-create: modeling, teaching, and/or activating co-creation of innovative solutions that center lived experiences and other data that will move the sector forward with a shared vision

    How can I nominate a nonprofit or community leader for recognition?

    When you register, help us to thank and celebrate amazing nonprofits and leaders by nominating those who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, equity, and impact. Nominees will be honored and awarded at a ceremony following the Summit.

    Nominate a leader now >

    What will the 2021 GPNP Summit audience consist of and can you provide more of the history behind it?

    GPNP is a growing coalition of over 500 organizations serving the 10-county Southwestern PA region. Our biennial Summit brings together more than 600 people across nonprofit, business, and public sectors. The 2021 three-day hybrid Summit, like the others before it, will provide 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.

    Note: you can see GPNP Summit highlights from previous years here!

    Are there scholarships available if I can't afford the Summit?



    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

    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 2019 and earlier:

    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. This past year, 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.

    Did you miss the 2021 GPNP Summit? Dont’ worry, sessions were recorded.