Session 1: 9:15 – 10:30am
The Lifecycle Stage of Your Nonprofit: Why it Matters

This interactive workshop equips nonprofit leaders with the knowledge and tools to identify the Lifecycle Stage of your organization. If you’re facing specific challenges and/or looking to increase the capacity of your nonprofit, we will help you answer the question, “What’s it time for now?” Using a simple organization self-assessment tool, you will leave the workshop with a snapshot of your organization’s lifecycle stages and ideas for next actions to move your nonprofit forward.

Susan Burgess

Susan Smallidge

Dianne Dickerson

Susan Burgess, Dianne Dickerson & Susan Smallidge

Everyone wants to engage their staff, boards and donors. We all search for ways to bring people together into a shared vision and entice them into action. Personal stories used in a business context can be a powerful tool to build relationships and motivate people to act. Learn how your stories can engage your constituencies and practice structures and presentation techniques to make you a more dynamic leader.

Andrew McMasters
Andrew McMasters

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It is often said that the success or failure of an organization, program, or project is directly tied to board governance. Although “good governance” is the topic of hundreds of books, many nonprofit still struggle to apply these ideas. Here you will be equipped with the “blueprints” and tools for sustainable success. You learn how to make good governance a valued, institutional, structural norm. You will leave with 10+ practical “next steps” to improve board governance.

Sara Higgins
Julie Brezicha
Katlyn Straub
Sara Higgins, Katlyn Straub, Julie Brezicha
Session 1: 9:15 – 10:30am
Mind the Gap: Addressing the Racial Gap in Nonprofit Leadership

Billions of dollars flow through nonprofits into communities of color, yet less than 5% of nonprofit leaders racially reflect the communities they serve. It is time to address the racial gap in nonprofit leadership. This workshop will equip you with tools for creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture within your nonprofit organization. We will examine the impact of this racial leadership gap, explore ways to mine expertise and proficiencies in communities being served, and offer powerful insights for creating an authentic, diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture within your organization. You’ll leave ready to identify sources for recruiting leaders of color, reframe your own organization mission statement and/or strategy using asset-based vocabulary, and articulate the benefits of inclusiveness.

Pamela Oakes
Pamela J. Oakes

Too often organizations take the “throw-a-training-at-it” approach to equity and cultural competency issues. But it takes infrastructure policy changes, new management skills, and ongoing efforts to ensure you can adequately support the transgender community – or at least avoid sticking your foot in your mouth. Learn the Gender Justice League’s four step process to understand the impact your organization’s cultural competency (or lack thereof) has on your ability to fulfill your mission. Practice your problem solving abilities with specific problem scenarios, and leave with a concrete plan for how to improve your organization.

Tobi Hill-Meyer

Elayne Wylie

Tobi Hill-Meyer & Elayne Wylie

Your organization, board, volunteers, and funders represent a wide diversity of generations working together. Leading in today’s workplace means we must improve at attracting, motivating, retaining, and refereeing across differences. Using the backdrop of Generational Understanding and Predictable Triggers, we will re-frame communication across differences. We will also engage in actionable conversations across other lines of difference, such as privilege and systemic racism.

Barbara Grant

Linda Nageotte
Barbara Grant & Linda Nageotte
Session 1: 9:15 – 10:30am
Client Voice: How to Develop a Sustainable and Equitable Process to Hear Who You Serve

Hearing directly from the people we serve is critical. Limited capacity sometimes stops those conversations before they begin. Even organizations with deep experience and commitment to racial equity run into unanticipated challenges when seeking client feedback. We will explore ways to create an inexpensive, replicable, and impactful client feedback process through a racial equity framework. Jointly presented by a black woman and a white woman in respectful, collaborative partnership, this workshop invites you to fearlessly begin designing your own authentic and equitable client voice process.

Michelle Osborne
Sarah Grey
Michelle Osborne & Sarah Grey

Fundraisers and volunteer managers play an essential role in building a nonprofit’s capacity to accomplish mission, reach financial stability, expand to scale, and achieve organizational success! Fundraising and volunteer engagement are “two peas in a pod,” yet there exists a divide in the nonprofit sector between the people raising the money and those managing volunteers. We will examine this divide and explore opportunities for reaching across the aisle to our fundraising colleagues to work more effectively together.

Nichola Russell
Nichola Russell

The online fundraising landscape is constantly evolving. While engagement strategies and donation processes may change, online giving is here to stay. Come explore the essential elements of an online fundraising plan. Learn how to create or update your existing plan and incorporate it into your annual giving strategy. Topics will include donation pages, metrics, social media, email, mobile, and more. Walk through each aspect of an effective plan while you assess your own fundraising efforts.

Lauren Collette
Lauren Collette
Session 1: 9:15 – 10:30am
Mental Health Leadership at Every Level: Tools for Nonprofit Leaders, Frontline Staff, and Everyone In Between

Join staff from NAMI Seattle for a safe, welcoming, interactive workshop about creating workplace culture and policies that support and sustain folks with mental health conditions. You will deepen your understanding of mental illness, gain practical tools and strategies, and leave with a concrete action plan to address mental health at your organization, no matter what your role. We will explore what mental health leadership can look like and discuss ways to incorporate culture-based equity into a mental health leadership model.

Katie Mahoney

Faarah Misbah

Jeremiah Bainbridge

Katie Mahoney, Faarah Misbah & Jeremiah Bainbridge, NAMI Seattle

For many years nonprofits have suffered from being defined in the negative – by what we are not rather than what we are. And, as we know, nature abhors a vacuum so as a result of not asserting a clear purpose we have allowed the sector to become a confused collection of efforts, some of which clearly violate the public trust. But, in fact, not only does this sector have a clear purpose, but by embracing practices that reflect that purpose, our work would be strengthened immeasurably. McCambridge will talk about what the public expects of nonprofits and what kinds of practices reflect and build upon that expectation in a way that has a proven track record of success. This will be a discussion that focuses on both the theory and real practices of building sustainable and influential nonprofits, both now and in the future.

Ruth McCambridge

Our sector is failing to drive the systemic change necessary to make lasting impact on community-wide well-being. Siloed organizations with duplicative overhead and uncoordinated strategies have proven to be inefficient and ineffective. There must be a better way! An alliance of organizations has developed a new and scaleable model of cooperation and consolidation, enabling organizations to retain their brands and integrate administrative functions, leverage best-practices, share data, and enhance impact. Are nonprofit leaders ready to truly collaborate in order to drive change at the community and population level?

Karen Brady

Jon Botten

Scott Schaffer

Jon Botten, Karen Brady, & Scott Schaffer
Session 1: 9:15 – 10:30am
Rural Inspiration and Challenges

Join us for an inspiring conversation about the creative and inventive strategies rural nonprofits implement in order to survive and thrive where resources can be scant and the volunteer and talent pool is small. Hear how a pervasive sense of place can inform approach and outcome. Gain insight into how community connectedness can be an opportunity to do more with less.

Paige Collins

Angela Crawford

Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez

Gabriel Cruden

Paige Collins, Angela Crawford, Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez, Gabriel Cruden

Some nonprofit leaders are frustrated with how many philanthropists and foundations give away their money. This year, a number of new voices have offered critiques of philanthropy, challenging short-term funding and restricted grants and pointing out the risks that increasing wealth inequality pose to the nonprofit sector and our democracy. Let’s explore what it will take to redesign the system for a more equitable future.

Mijo Lee
Sarah Lloyd
Nichole Maher
Magaly Solis
Edgar Villanueva
Laura Pierce
Sarah Lloyd, Magaly Solis, Mijo Lee, Nichole Maher, Edgar Villanueva, Laura Pierce

The nonprofit sector has evolved significantly over the past 25 years and is facing an exponential acceleration of that change, not to mention generational transfer of leadership in the sector. What have we learned about how we lead and do our work? Leaders from diverse backgrounds and generations will talk about their experiences of working for community change, then and now – and what it means for us all moving forward.

Bookda Gheisar, Mozart Guerrier, Everett Maroon, Aiko Schaefer, Kris Hermanns
Session 1: 9:15 – 10:30am
Organizing in the Latinx Community: For the Census and the Long Term

The 2020 Census is approaching and Washington’s democracy, well-being, and prosperity are at stake. An undercount would jeopardize funding for critical services that Washingtonians from all walks of life rely on – from schools to programs for seniors and people with low incomes. We all need to work together for an accurate and complete count.

This workshop will focus on lessons learned from recent organizing in Latinx communities in South King County, Wenatchee, and Yakima, and ways to invest in local, communities of color-led organizing work. We will discuss the 2018 elections and how conversations between community members at doors was born from previous leadership work happening in local communities. This work has continued beyond the campaign and is the foundation for Census “Get Out the Count” work as we move forward.

The leaders we have been waiting for are here, and now it’s time to incorporate Census work in community-led organizing that centers the voices of those communities most impacted. We will talk about how we move beyond a campaign model into a long-term organizing model to ensure everyone is counted.

Salvador Salazar-Cano
Oskar Zambrano
Teresa Bendito
Salvador Salazar-Cano, Oskar Zambrano, Teresa Bendito

Community storytelling – shared by us or in partnership with traditional media outlets – is powerful. In this session, a panel of journalists committed to community voice will share how and why they work to lift up stories that might not otherwise be covered. How do we support this type of inclusive, quality media in the current environment? They will also talk about what makes for a good story and how nonprofits can partner with journalists.

Marcus Green
Esmy Jimenez
Anna King
Travis Quezon
Anita Verna Crofts
Marcus Green, Esmy Jimenez, Anna King, Travis Quezon, Anita Verna Crofts

Your nonprofit is building something important. You and your colleagues are creating a structure that allows you to fully achieve your mission and make your community vibrant and strong. Your organization’s “house” should include a structure for public policy advocacy. But what does that mean? How do you get ready to step into advocacy? What should your organization be doing every day to be ready? Join us as we cover the foundations of advocacy for nonprofits. These are steps all nonprofits should take to be ready to speak on behalf of their cause. No lobbying needed! You will walk away with resources from Washington Nonprofit’s new toolkit, Build A Movement!

Rene Murry
Hikma Sherka
David Streeter
Samantha Wells
Rene Murry, Hikma Sherka, David Streeter, Samantha Wells