The main word describing this year has been "unprecedented"—and for people living in poverty, their experience has been made infinitely worse by the global pandemic. But the winds of change are upon us. With your support, we are innovating to meet the needs of our clients, overcoming new challenges, and developing new solutions that will help future generations break the cycle of poverty once and for all.
You're invited for an evening of inspiration, celebration, and fellowship featuring field experts and changemakers who are leading the way toward a future free from poverty.
What is it
A virtual gala featuring inspirational speakers, educational field experts, and innovators from across the globe.
Opportunity supporters, global thinkers, philanthropists, and business leaders.
We are thrilled to host William Kamkwamba, the author of the NYT bestselling book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and subject of the film by the same name. William will share his personal story of how innovation and determination can change lives for people living in poverty.
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 7:00-8:15 pm CT. That week, we'll also have additional activities leading up to the main event on Friday (see below for details).
Summit Week Activities
Regional Happy Hours | Free
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in local time zone
Meet other members of your community with a shared passion for helping people living in poverty. Bring your own beverage, hear exclusive updates from our staff, and learn about what’s next for Opportunity!
Women & Girls Opportunity (WeGO) Awards | Free
Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CST
Join other supporters with a passion for empowering women and girls, and hear directly from the top 3 finalists for this year’s WeGO Award competition as to why you should vote for them. The winner will be announced on Friday!
Building Your Legacy Through Generational Philanthropy | Free
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CST
Come alongside other families, as we explore the many ways you can ensure that your passion for giving back is instilled in your children and future generations to come. We’ll hear from a financial expert on some of the giving tools available to families, as well as families who have found creative ways to make their love for philanthropy into a legacy.
How do I invite friends?
One of the great benefits of being virtual is that we can share our passions with even more people than usual. You can purchase an additional ticket and enter their information at checkout, or you can purchase a table for 10 for a discounted price of $750, which in the virtual world means that your guests will receive their own entry code to attend for free as your guest.
What is included in the ticket price?
You will receive full access to all 2020 Summit programming, including our Friday night event with acclaimed speakers, as well as 3 special events taking place earlier in the week.
When will I receive the login information?
Once you're registered, you'll receive a confirmation from "Give Lively" and then 1 week prior to the event, we'll send out the link you'll use to login.
Who is Give Lively?
Give Lively is our registration partner. You receive a receipt for your purchase from them, but all proceeds go directly to Opportunity International.
I'd like to give my information over the phone – who should I contact?
You are welcome to call Erin Doherty, Director of Events, at 312-487-5030 to secure your reservation over the phone.
I have more questions – who should I contact?
You can email us at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!