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Upcoming Dates
in 2015

Registration Opens
February 2

Request for Proposals Due
February 13

Workshops Announced
March 23

Scholarship Deadline
March 27

Earlybird Registration Ends
April 13

Exhibitor Deadline
May 4

Conference Date
 May 13




May 12, 2015 - Pre-conference Workshops
May 13, 2015 - Conference


To change the world, we must first change the conversation. As nonprofit leaders, we can define and drive conversations about the nonprofit sector and achieve real and lasting change.  Join over 600 nonprofit and community leaders on Wednesday, May 13th at the 2015 Washington State Nonprofit Conference at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue to listen, learn, share your ideas and change the world.


Nonprofit leaders in today’s world are challenged on many fronts. Dwindling funding streams, dramatic policy changes, negative media attention and competing corporate structures are all putting pressure on the very definition of nonprofit. Leaders are responding to these challenges by combating the overhead myth, talking about true measures of success and transforming nonprofits from being viewed as simple charities to powerful vehicles for social change. 

Announcing our KeyNote Speaker

Heather McLeod Grant is the founder and principal of McLeod-Grant Advisors, and a published author, speaker/trainer, and consultant with more than twenty years experience in the social sector. Her current work focuses on creating transformative leadership and building networks and multi-stakeholder collaborations for social change.  She is the co-author of the best-selling Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, named a Top Ten Book of 2007 by the Economist (second edition 2012). Heather will be speaking at the closing plenary on Building Nurturing Networks. 

2015 Conference Highlights

  • 2 pre-conference 6 hour deep-dive workshops, including nonprofit finance with CliftonLarsonAllen, back by popular demand, and program design & evaluation
  • Inspiring key note speaker... to be announced!
  • Nonprofit "sandbox" to play around with new ideas with nonprofit experts
  • 18 workshops across 4 tracks
  • Open sourced facilitated conversations with your peers
  • Connections, connections, connections


Powerful conversations are defined by the words we use as well as the perceptions and experiences of the people with whom we interact. Join your fellow nonprofit leaders as we explore ways to effect change with new words, new people and in new environments.

In inspiring and thought-provoking plenary sessions and in more than 18 workshops you will enhance your skills, learn from highly respected nonprofit professionals who will share practical, real-world experiences and share your own success stories. Topics include leadership, board governance, advocacy, technology, fundraising, financial management and communications.


The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is the preeminent nonprofit conference in Washington State, strengthening the nonprofit sector by bringing together over 600 nonprofit leaders to learn, connect, inspire and be inspired. As nonprofits work on the frontlines of our society’s most important issues, it is vital that our nonprofit leaders have a venue to advance their knowledge and skills and build connections that improve practice and drive change. The Washington State Nonprofit Conference is an ideal space for nonprofits and those who working with them from across our state to connect and learn.

Washington Nonprofits manages the conference with the support of the University of Washington’s Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Evans School of Public Affairs and Seattle University Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program. It works in partnership with the United Ways of Washington, Philanthropy Northwest, and 501 Commons.                                               

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What did people say last year?
"Thanks again for a GREAT day. You did a fantastic job and should be really proud of pulling off an inspiring, informative, impactful conference. Well done!"
                                                - Conference attendee


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