OC Weaver Award - Opportunity Collaboration
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About

As a global network, OC sees immense opportunity in convening people who not only work directly with communities on the ground, but also individuals who have access to wide networks of community leaders and who can mobilize resources on their behalf. These Weavers are mission-driven individuals across a wide range of sectors who have access to networks of social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and other community leaders and are well-positioned to mobilize resources on behalf of these networks.

At the Opportunity Collaboration, I honestly learned more in the past few days than in a semester in business school. - Cynthia Koenig, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Wello, USA.

Eligibility Criteria

Like all OC Delegates, Weavers are catalytic leaders who, by their actions and accomplishments, evidence pragmatic vision, passionate tenacity, multi-sectoral thinking, adaptive leadership skills, non-ideological activism and a strong ethical grounding. 

 

OC Weavers serve as a bridge between OC and their networks and communities.  Successful Weavers are leaders of accelerators, incubators, social impact member organizations and networks, capacity building organizations who are serving nonprofit leaders and/or social entrepreneurs.  Applicants from both for-profit and nonprofit organizations with adequate resources to attend OC are less likely to be considered. 

 

Individuals must:

  • Be a weaver of social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders committed to poverty alleviation
  • Not have attended a previous OC in-person summit
  • Be available to attend OC Sunrise & OC2024 on October 13-17, 2024 in Ixtapa, Mexico
  • Be able to engage in OC’s offerings that are primarily in English

 

Organizations must:

  • Be actively working to alleviate poverty with at least one year of organizational operations
  • Not have anyone in their organization that has attended a previous OC in-person summit
  • Demonstrate financial need for this Award with a budget below $1 million USD
  • A web presence (either an active website, Instagram page, Facebook, etc.)
From my learnings at Opportunity Collaboration I felt confident that it was time to start sharing my story, so I’m now sharing it across a variety of mediums. Thank you so much once again for the OC opportunity, it really was a personal and professional game changer. - Adam Braun, Founder & Executive Director, Pencils of Promise, Cambodia.

OC Weaver Award Terms & Conditions

Weavers selected from non-OECD countries (developing economies) receive a $3,490 award (fully covering their OC Sunrise, OC2024, & OC365 registration), and pay a refundable $295 administration fee, which is refundable if needed after the non-OECD Weaver attends OC Global.

 

Weavers from OECD countries (developed economies) receive a $2,995 award (partially covering their OC Sunrise, OC2024, & OC365 registration) and pay a $895 registration fee.

 

The OC Weaver Award provides:

  • All-inclusive room-sharing accommodations for 5 nights and 4 days, including meals, internet fees, onsite recreation and resort fees
  • Full access to leadership programs and capacity building opportunities
  • Opportunity to facilitate sessions for OC365 & OC2024
  • Access to working discussion groups 
  • Organizational showcasing opportunities
  • Networking concierge services
  • Transportation to and from Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH)
  • Most importantly, 4 days connecting with hundreds of the world’s most passionate social impact leaders. 

 

OC Weavers are encouraged to come prepared to share their successful practices, illuminate partnership opportunities, and/or reveal an innovative idea! 

 

OC Weavers are responsible for:

  • Financing their own roundtrip airfare. (OC is actively seeking partnerships with international airlines to support the airfare of Weavers and Fellows. If you know of partners who may be interested, please email: topher@ocimpact.com.)
  • Obtaining all necessary travel documents, including a travel visa from the Mexican government, if required. The OC provides Weavers with a formal invitation letter to use with immigration authorities.
The Opportunity Collaboration was absolutely stunning! I was awestruck by the great insights on leading a superior management team and how to have good relations with donors, tackled in a brief, concise way. For the first time in my life, I flew in a plane, visited a foreign nation and attended a high-profile conference. It was a life-changing experience. Long live Opportunity Collaboration! – Wiclif Otieno, Director, Kito International

Application Process & Deadlines

Applications are closed for 2024. Please sign up for our newsletter here for news about future Fellowship & Award opportunities.

For those who have already applied for OC’s 2024 offerings, below is the timeline and process ahead:

 

  • December 11, 2023 – February 12, 2024  Accepting Applications
  • February 12, 2024 – March 29, 2024 Selection Process
  • By April 26, 2024 Invitations Sent to Accepted Applicants

 

Accepted applicants will need to register within 2-3 weeks of receiving their invitation letter.

 

Questions about your application or applying? Email fellowship@ocimpact.com.