Propose a Workshop for the 2020 Washington State Nonprofit Conference

Do you have a great workshop idea?

The Washington State Nonprofit Conference strengthens the nonprofit sector in Washington by bringing together nonprofit leaders to learn, connect, inspire, and be inspired. Washington Nonprofits manages the conference with the support of many partners, advisors, and sponsors.

In 2020, we celebrate the power of participation. This theme covers many topics, from the impact of participation (philanthropy, advocacy, civic engagement) to the art of participation (leadership, facilitation, community building) to the practice of participation (boards, equity, technology, HR, leadership succession).

We are seeking to present a conference that serves both new and seasoned nonprofit leaders. The conference is guided by the following values:

  • Stories from the field: Learning from the lived experiences of nonprofit leaders across Washington State. We are committed to hearing from practitioners and providing more opportunities for attendees to learn from each other and problem-solve together.
  • Increasing equity: Building commitment to and action for equity within our organizations and our communities.
  • Staying current: Opportunities to engage with current events and strategies for leading in uncertain times.

We invite you to put forward the topic and approach you feel nonprofits most need to hear and wrestle with today. We are particularly interested in hearing voices from across Washington. If you are a consultant, we encourage to you include the voices of nonprofit staff or other practitioners in your presentation.


Proposal Process

Key date Action
December 16, 2019 RFP Process Opens
January 8, 2020 “What to know” webinar
January 31, 2020 Proposal deadline
February 21, 2020 Notification of acceptance
February 28, 2020 Final program description
March 4 & 25, 2020 Train the Trainer series
May 20, 2020 Conference Day

Presenter packet

Download the 2020 “Request for Proposals for Workshop” presenter packet (PDF). It contains detailed information about the process.



Webinar: What to know about submitting a proposal

Washington Nonprofits hosted a webinar for people interested in submitting workshop proposals. Click here to watch the recording and learn more about the process, what kind of proposals tend to do better with the selection committee, and how else you can get involved in the conference.

Click here to watch the webinar

Train the Trainer: How to deliver an excellent workshop

Washington Nonprofits has scheduled its annual “Train the Trainer” series for March 4 and March 25, 2020, in time for Conference presenters to join. Whether you are selected or not, we strongly encourage anyone with an interest in training to attend.

Click here to register for Train the Trainer.