Our new virtual format includes two full days of learning for all levels, including sessions in each of the following areas:

  • Transformation
  • Fundraising
  • Civic Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Equity
  • Emerging Issues

We are currently working with our presenters and revising our schedule to reflect the online format. The final schedule, with times for each session, will be published as soon as it is available. We will offer most of the sessions and speakers listed below in the new format.


Washington State Nonprofit Conference
Session 1
The Power of an Ambitious Goal to Transform Your Organization

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

Sarah Tran and Jodi Nishioka were the Executive Directors of Nonprofit Assistance Center and Wayfind respectively – which recently merged into the new organization, Communities Rise. Over a period of 8 months, they navigated the decision to merge Wayfind and Nonprofit Assistance Center. After that, the transition began to create a merged organization.

Jodi and Sarah will take you through their journey from an idea to reality, sharing stories of challenges, accomplishments and fruition.

Level: Intermediate

Jodi Nishioka and Sarah Tran

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
Session 1
Developing a Robust Donor Pipeline

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

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
Session 1
Get in the Advocacy Game

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

True collaboration and equitable community participation is talked about all the time, but rarely do we have the time, resources, and space to do it well. Join us for a rigorous discussion and case-study-in-action on the art, practice, and impact of committed, authentic community engagement. Participants will learn from organizations in the field partnering on a game-changing model of community participation in South Snohomish County. Let’s talk about what it takes to do it well, do it right, and invest in each other.

Level: All

David Ortiz, Katya Matanovic, and Christine Stansfield

Your nonprofit is entirely unique, and your volunteer program should be too. This workshop will outline the basic elements of a well run volunteer program through group break-out sessions crafted to help you customize your volunteer engagement efforts. Topics will include recruitment, onboarding, recognition, retention, risk management, innovative inclusion, and more. Come ready for a fun filled workshop that will get you thinking outside the box!

Level: Intermediate

Alex Ropes
Session 1
Nonprofit Corporations Act

More details on this session coming soon.

Level: All

Judy Andrews

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

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
Session 1
Advancing Equity

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

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 Dowd and Jennifer Werdell

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 and what this emerging area of nonprofit finance has in store for organizations in Washington State.

Level: All

Mary Joyce, Kathryn Shroyer, and Kayla Cody
Session 1

More information on this track coming soon.

More information on this track coming soon.

More information on this track coming soon.