Created and run by the Craigslist Foundation, Boot Camp is a one-day, high-energy conference that brings together and showcases effective community leaders. Through a series of inspiring panels, interactive workshops, collaborative programs and networking opportunities, Boot Camp cultivates conversation and empowers people to affect a positive impact in their neighborhoods and communities. Boot Camp programs span all sectors — nonprofit, government, philanthropy and business.
The 8th Annual Boot Camp will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay campus in the Mission Bay Conference Center. We selected the conference center to be convenient to BART, Muni, CalTrain and bicycles, as well as offering nearby parking. View a map and directions
Over eight years of planning Boot Camp, we have heard from people engaged in community building – whether professionally or as a personal passion – that it’s difficult to take a day from their weekend and families to participate in Boot Camp. We are holding this year’s Boot Camp on a weekday, and we’ll see what happens. We know we may lose some attendees who can’t take the time from work, but we hope we’ll also gain as many or more who can’t get away on a Saturday. We hope you can make it!
Now in its 8th year, Boot Camp attracts 600-900 individuals who are professionally or personally passionate about creating positive change in their local communities.
You will be in the best company when you attend Boot Camp! Your fellow boot campers will be emerging and experienced leaders in the social and nonprofit sectors, aspiring and accomplished social entrepreneurs, professionals and decision makers from government, business and the community building sectors. You’ll be joining an incredible group of people who want to enrich and empower their local communities and neighborhoods.
Boot Camp is for you if
- You’d like to participate in all this new energy for community change and just don’t know where to start.
- You’d like to meet people who share your interests.
- You’re looking for new career options in this challenging economy.
- You wish your neighbors were connected, cohesive, engaged and caring for one another — or you’ve organized your community and want to do more.
- You work in the nonprofit sector and want to advance your skills and meet other thought leaders and innovators.
- You’re a social entrepreneur or enterprise leader, or looking to leverage your business as an agent for community change
- You’re in government and you want to collaborate across sectors to strengthen your community.
Boot Camp registration is kept at a low cost and offered on a sliding scale of $99-$299, based on individual and organization budget. When you register, you will be asked to choose your level based on the overall budget of the organization for which you are a staff member, board member or volunteer. If you are not currently working within or with an organization, choose the level for student (1), individual (2), or consultant (3), whichever is applicable:
|Level 1||Students or organization with budgets under $499,999||$99|
|Level 2||Individuals or organization with budgets between $500,000 and $3 million||$199|
|Level 3||Consultants or organization budgets over $3 million||$299|
To determine your organization/company’s overall budget, we ask you to refer to your annual revenue for 2010 as reported to the IRS. Craigslist Foundation reserves the right to send you an invoice for one of the higher pricing levels should we determine that your annual budget is higher than indicated.
The actual cost per Boot Camper is more than $300. Individual donations, sponsors and exhibitors help us offset this cost, keeping the program accessible and affordable to more people.
Register online with a major credit card. Onsite registration (on the day of Boot Camp) will also be available.
Refunds are available until Monday, May 16. After that, if you cannot attend for any reason, you can send a friend or colleague in your place but we cannot refund your registration fee.
Your registration includes:
- an inspiring opening keynote
- more than 20 workshops from regional and national thought leaders
- additional peer-to-peer, self or community-led workshops
- continental breakfast and a yummy boxed lunch
- access to exhibits and community resources
- facilitated and informal networking and collaboration with hundreds of other attendees
I’ve attended Boot Camp before. What will I get out of attending Boot Camp 2011? You will discover resources, engage with like-minded people, and be inspired by success stories from local and national leaders, grassroots activists and neighborhood volunteers.
After a day at Boot Camp, you will return with fresh ideas for bringing people in your community together, building consensus, working across sectors to leverage the power of individuals, business and government, and tackle the challenges and promises of your community.
While Boot Camps prior to 2009 were focused specifically on nonprofit capacity building, we have expanded Boot Camp’s focus on community building. Our goal is to empower communities to revitalize their neighborhoods and effectively engage in community building together, and our Boot Camp programming spans all sectors: nonprofit, government, philanthropy, and business.
Yes! We welcome everyone to Boot Camp.
Yes! Volunteers make Boot Camp possible. We are a small (but mighty!) team and rely heavily on a wide network of passionate volunteers to help us produce Boot Camp. Volunteers receive discounted or free admission to Boot Camp, depending on their time commitment. Volunteer duties can include: registration, greening, ushers, setting up and packing up, and general event support. If you want to be considered as a possible volunteer, please send an email request with your name, phone number and email to our Boot Camp team.
Boot Camp is an interactive, high-energy, one-day conference which runs from 8 am – 5:30 pm. Plan to stay the whole day, because the end of the day will provide an opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned, share that with others and plan for the action and outcomes you want as a result of what you’ve learned.
Absolutely! Boot Camp highlights not just San Francisco Bay Area resources and leaders but also national case studies and ideas. The concepts and techniques covered at the event are relevant to anyone and everyone interested and involved in strengthening their neighborhoods and community, regardless of location or sector.
Each session is unique and we try to capture what you can expect in the workshop descriptions. You may find yourself in a panel discussion, a traditional lecture with Q&A, an interactive brainstorm, a hands-on workshop or a hybrid of these and more. We strive for an exciting mix, and lots of time to answer your questions!
We could not make Boot Camp happen without the generous support from businesses donating goods such as snacks, t-shirts, bags and other supplies or donating services such as printing, silkscreening, graphic design, catering and more.
Making a donation to Boot Camp is a perfect way to demonstrate your business’s affiliation for and engagement with your local community. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to donate goods or services.
Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to answer your question. During business hours, you can also send us a message on twitter. This may get you a faster answer, and the public Q&A on twitter may help other Boot Campers too.