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Launched in 2003, the Breakin' It Down conference grew out of a desire to engage diverse nonprofit management and fundraising professionals in conversations about the present state and future of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. It is a joint effort of the Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Development (APAID), Blacks in Development (BID), Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP), Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy (CLIP), and Latinos in Development (LID). This year's theme is "Fulfilling the Promise". 

This year, we're creating a Virtual Workshop Series  which will be facilitated by BID Planning Committee members in response to our recent call. The 2020 BID Virtual Workshop Series will blend our normal focus on racial equity and professional career development as well as focusing on the challenges of the moment. 

The live workshops will be held on Fridays from 10:00 am  to 11:30 am Central Standard Time, starting October 9, 2020 and running through October 30, 2020.  All workshops will include presentations and conversations. Our popular session "Speed Networking with Funders" will cap the Virtual Workshop Series, with digital tables for up to 15 funders. Registered participations will be able to select up to three 20-minute sessions from the digital tables, which will be marked with the funder's areas of interest. 

We want every attendee to leave this BID virtual workshop series with increased knowledge, coupled with strategies and tools that they can use right away. Join us for this valuable nonprofit networking opportunity to meet with experts and your peers!

Conference Fee

 Price for 2020 Breakin' It Down Workshop Series registration has been reduced in the virtual environment:

 Full Series Package: $20.  Includes the two workshops and Speed Networking with Funders               Registration Deadline: 6 pm, October 11, 2020

 Single Workshop: $5

  • October 9 Workshop 1. Going Virtual! A Platform Assessment for Reimagined Events                                   Registration Deadline: CLOSED
  • October 16 Workshop 2. Open Dialogue: Race, Equity and NPOs of Color                                                     Registration Deadline: 6 pm, October 11, 2020
  • October 23 Workshop 3. Self-Care: Peer Counseling and Meditation                                                           Registration Deadline: 6 pm, October 18, 2020

Speed Networking with Funders: $15.                                                                                                           Registration Deadline: 6 pm, October 25, 2020

Need-based conference scholarship for nonprofit professionals and students

Breakin' It Down will be sponsoring need-based scholarships for 20 nonprofit professionals and students to attend the 2020 Breakin' It Down Virtual Workshop Series. 

Anyone who is a nonprofit fund development professional or student in the Chicago area is welcome to apply. We especially encourage people from an under-represented group - including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities - to apply.

The scholarships will cover the 2020 BID Virtual Workshop Series package registration fee for diverse nonprofit professionals in the fund development field and students who would otherwise be unable to attend. This Virtual Workshop Series offers great opportunities for networking and professional development, especially for those serving under-represented and underserved communities in the Chicago area.  For more information and to apply now, click here.  Online applications must be submitted by 6 pm on October 11, 2020, to participate in the 2020 Breakin' It Down Virtual Workshop Series.  All applicants will receive a response by October 12, 2020. 

You can learn more about our speakers and agenda on our conference website, If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 

Don’t miss this opportunity to reserve your spot! 


We look forward to seeing you in October!  

23 Oct 2020
10:00am - 11:30am CDT

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