On May 19 and 20, 2020, we used a new virtual format to deliver two full days of connection and learning for all levels.

In addition to dozens of live-streamed workshops and plenaries, we also offered:

  • A virtual exhibition hall
  • A virtual break room
  • The Democracy Portal
  • Peer learning groups
  • Virtual Office Hours: Ask the Expert
  • Live meeting rooms
  • A virtual conference orientation
  • Close-captioned sessions
  • Recordings of sessions and discussions
  • Downloads of speaker materials and additional resources
  • Three deep dive workshops after the conference

Browse the presentations and speakers below.

Download the Two-Day Conference Agenda

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Washington State Nonprofit Conference Agenda
Advocacy
Advocacy
Equity
Equity
Fundraising
Fundraising
Finance
Finance
Leadership
Leadership
Transformation
Transformation
Learning from the Pandemic

Plenary Session
COVID-19 is a disruptive event. Everything has changed, and it seems unlikely that nonprofits can return to “business as usual.” What are we learning during this time, and how will it shape the nonprofit sector and the communities we serve moving forward? How can we emerge from this crisis with new ways of relating to each other, to government and to funders?

A panel discussion with Laura Armstrong (La Casa Hogar), Alan Durning (Sightline Institute), Rosalinda Guillen (Community to Community), and Rep. Nicole Macri (Washington State Legislature & Downtown Emergency Service Center). Facilitated by Andrea Caupain, Chief Executive, Byrd Barr Place.

About the Plenary Speakers

Bring your questions about accessibility to a panel featuring Kyann Flint (AbiliTrek), Elizabeth Ralston (Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium),
and Mark Leeper (Disability Action Center – Northwest, Inc.)

Join us in learning and exploring how Anti-Indigeneity in your Racial Equity and Inclusion work can impact success of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Learn how to identify Anti-Indigeneity and then learn some frameworks and information to help you mitigate and prevent Anti-Indigeneity in your organization. This session is for anyone interested in understanding Anti-Indigeneity and learning skills to neutralize it. You will leave this session with an understanding of what Anti-Indigeneity is and how it impacts your work and your community. You will build skills in decolonizing and neutralizing Anti-Indigeneity.

Level: All

Tara Ramos and Jennifer Werdell

What are the characteristics of a well-functioning board and what role does each member play in making this occur? Leading as a nonprofit board requires more than just following an agenda. Community leadership comes from recognizing the wealth of capacities that people in the community possess. The entire board needs to be mission-driven and recognize their own leadership potential and responsibility. This session will help Board members and chairs to better understand their roles and responsibilities to help guide organizations, staff, and volunteers towards highly productive conversations and sound decision-making.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Mary Beth Harrington

Advocacy covers everything from working with state, federal, or local elected officials to creating grassroots movements to signing on campaigns. Yet many nonprofits are fearful of jumping in. Why? Many leaders are confused about advocacy. In this workshop, we will talk about what is “okay” in terms of advocacy in nonprofits. In this interactive session, League of Education Voters CEO (and advocacy veteran) Lauri Hennessey will help you workshop an effective advocacy pitch. You will leave with hands-on experience approaching elected officials.

Level: All

Lauri Hennessey, Manuel Cawaling & Joe McDermott

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all aspects of our lives, including how we manage our work and how we take care of our employees. 501 Commons is hosting a webinar filled with tips and best practices to ensure leaders in the nonprofit community have what they need to not only weather this storm, but maybe even come out stronger on the other side. Join 501 Commons HR and Learning Programs Manager, Matt Aspin SPHR, presenting with a panel of nonprofit leaders for an interactive virtual conference session highlighting best practices for:

  • Supporting employees in turbulent times
  • Home workspace setup and meeting best practices
  • Managing performance remotely
  • What to do if a Reduction in Force becomes necessary
Matt Aspin and Panel

This is the first part of a two-part presentation by Scott Schaffer. Part 2 will be presented on Thursday.

The current public health crisis has disrupted many nonprofits’ operations and funding sources, with longer-term impacts that remain unknown. Nonprofits face immediate budget impacts and potentially serious threats to sustainability. In this series of two 90-minute sessions we will help nonprofit leaders visualize and chart a financial strategy to proactively address the short- and longer-term impacts of the crisis. At the conclusion of the series, participants will have a conceptual framework to respond in a systematic way and clarify a path toward financial sustainability amid uncertainty.

Part 1: Short-Term Response and Laying the Groundwork
Part 2: Building a Resilient Financial Strategy

Scott Schaffer

Your most innovative social impact concepts and ideas are useless if you can’t build a support base and secure funding! With the average lifespan of new nonprofits only being 18 – 24 months, what’s needed are the skills and know-how to:

  • Secure a large base of recurring donors
  • Systematically acquire new volunteers & supporters
  • Rapidly gain momentum

This workshop delivers concrete, practical strategies to rapidly expand your support base while securing catalytic funding. Attendees will walk away with a systematic method to rapidly scale their support base plus a $100K strategy to fund their cause.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Pamela Oakes

Our Day One closing speaker will be State Representative and Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, 27th Legislative District, Pierce County, Washington.

Laurie Jinkins
The importance of the arts, poetry and the recognition of place and time

Our plenary presentation features Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate.
“It is at liminal times that we most lean on poetry: weddings, births, inaugurations, graduations, funerals. Times of transitions, times of change, times thick with emotion. This is such a time.”

Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate

Ever wonder why collaborative relationships are so important? Linking arms with institutions that have a similar goal to advance equity creates more awareness and provides new opportunities to be proactive in moving this work forward. Collaboration occurs when organizations and individuals make a commitment to work together and contribute resources and expertise to achieve a common, long-term goal. “Partnerships are critical. You just can’t do it all yourself.”

Level: Intermediate

Dar'Nesha Weary

As philanthropy becomes increasingly important and more frequent campaigns become a consistent element of the environment, organizations face a challenge: how do I raise more money while combating donor fatigue? A pipeline fueled by qualification can help balance these competing priorities—but qualifying donors is a challenge for most development shops. In this session, we’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of successful qualification efforts, drawing on learnings from nonprofits in the region. You will understand the importance of qualification efforts and how they can benefit your organization, you will have a roadmap for developing qualification plans and leveraging internal staff, and you will leave with the tools to overcome common challenges or concerns related to qualification.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Lauren Colette and JoAnn Mills

Executive Directors play a special role in their organizations. It’s not easy to hold so much responsibility for leading staff, fundraising, setting strategy, and partnering with the board of directors. Yet, you’ve told Washington Nonprofits that you also want to think big about what is possible for the nonprofit sector and how we can evolve nonprofits to be better.

Connect with one another and join a lively conversation about where we are as a sector and how we can transform the nonprofit model to be more sustainable, more equitable, and higher impact. Let’s begin the process of setting a collective vision for the future—one with less burnout, greater inclusion, and more nonprofit power.

Audience: Executive Directors only

Dara Ayres

To effectively lead and coach others, we must be able to identify the places where we need healing. Healing to Lead, Leading to Heal is a workshop designed to aid participants in gaining deeper self-awareness and connection to self, creating space and opportunity to connect more authentically with others. During our time together, we will explore and enhance skills to lead others in the healing of racial inequities for the healthy forward movement of organizations and society.

Level: Beginner

LaKesha Kimbrough

We can change the laws that affect nonprofits! A committee of attorneys have been working over a number of years to review and modernize the statutes that govern nonprofits and will join us to present and explain the draft legislation. Come and learn what changes are proposed and why. Give us your feedback about how the changes may affect your organization, so that we can fine tune the legislation to be the best it can be. This legislation was last updated in this way 50 years ago, so this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

Level: All

Judith Andrews

This is the second part of a two-part presentation by Scott Schaffer.

The current public health crisis has disrupted many nonprofits’ operations and funding sources, with longer-term impacts that remain unknown. Nonprofits face immediate budget impacts and potentially serious threats to sustainability. In this series of two 90-minute sessions we will help nonprofit leaders visualize and chart a financial strategy to proactively address the short- and longer-term impacts of the crisis. At the conclusion of the series, participants will have a conceptual framework to respond in a systematic way and clarify a path toward financial sustainability amid uncertainty.

Part 1: Short-Term Response and Laying the Groundwork
Part 2: Building a Resilient Financial Strategy

Scott Schaffer

This session centers the dramatic power differential between those who measure social impact (foundations, investors, CSR programs) and those who are asked to account for impact (grantees, social enterprises, activists).

In the workshop, we will share ways of using human-centered design to collaboratively co-create measurement systems with the grantees, social enterprises, and activists doing the work that creates impact.

Do Big Good’s experience co-designing the Impact Cascade tool with a national volunteer network will act as a case study. Gain timely and relevant information about impact measurement.

Level: All

Mary Joyce, Kathryn Shroyer, and Kayla Cody

Learn how a nonprofit transformed its organization while doubling in size by focusing on a bold goal of improving educational outcomes for youth in foster care. Treehouse began as a foster care support network and evolved to tackle the system’s overwhelming equity problem. Let’s roadmap the journey by studying the interconnection of ambitious goal setting, strategic planning, programs, fundraising, community outreach, equity and more. Get inspired to revolutionize your organization to truly move the dial.

Level: All

Angela Griffin, Dawn Rains, and Juli Farris