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Upcoming Dates
in 2016

Registration Opens
February 1

Pre-Conference Day
May 16

 May 17




Next Year's Conference will be May 16 & 17, 2016


Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Washington State Nonprofit Conference: Shaping the Conversation - Nonprofit Leaders Driving Greater Action. We had a record attendance of 714 people over the two days. 

The main conference day was filled with insightful and inspiring speakers, thought-provoking conversations and high-energy engagement. We not only talked about shaping the conversation; we practiced it. 

Session Handouts are available on the Descriptions page.

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.
  • Nonprofit "sandbox" to play around with new ideas with nonprofit experts
  • 21 workshops across 5 tracks
  • Open sourced facilitated conversations with your peers
  • Connections, connections, connections


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?

Congratulations on a really excellent event - the energy was great, the attendance was engaged and the speakers were insightful and inspiring."

"I thoroughly enjoyed two of my breakout sessions, the table discussion and the keynote."

"I learned a great deal from the conference. Excellent choices for exhibitors. And I met some new friends."

                                                - 2015 Conference attendees


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