Philanthropy Northwest is proud to present Rooted. Grounded. Growing., our annual regional conference in Seattle, Washington, November 18-19, 2019. The Philanthropy Northwest Conference call for sessions is an opportunity to offer workshops, breakout sessions and lightning talks that explore strategy and learning with Pacific Northwest peers in the grantmaking sector.
Our sector is in growth mode: looking to cross-sector partnerships, mobilizing various forms of capital, deepening our knowledge and commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. At the same time, we're being called to stay rooted in place, grounded in purpose, and clear on process. We know we can’t do this work alone. It takes peer relationship and mentorship, it takes an investment in skill-building and professional development, and it takes listening to and learning from community closest to the issues at hand.
This year's conference is abridged from years past. We are excited to be trying out lightning talks - 10-15 minute talks that will be clustered on various themes, allowing our network to hear from a range of voices and perspectives outside of a traditional breakout session format. Lightning talks work best when they highlight a story of progress or change around a specific initiative or issue. Need inspiration? Think about your favorite TED-style talk! Philanthropy Northwest staff will provide coaching around how to prepare for a stellar lightning talk! Not interested in a lightning talk? Try an 80-minute breakout session (panel, roundtable, activity, etc), or a longer workshop (skill-building, more heavily facilitated).
We are seeking proposals for lightning talks, breakout sessions or workshops on the following:
- Authentic and Impactful Engagement and Collaboration
- Addressing Unique Needs of Rural Communities
- Best Practices and Developments in Education, Health, Veterans, Workforce, and more
- Capacity Building for Nonprofit and Community-Led Organizations
- Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships
- Decision Making with Trustees and Board Members
- Engaging in Difficult Conversations
- Impact Investing and Mobilizing Capital
- Native and Indigenous-Led Funding Efforts
- Philanthropy's Role in Advocacy and Policy
- Racial Equity and Racial Healing
- Supporting Grassroots and Frontline Communities
- Transparency and Accountability in Philanthropy
We look forward to continuing the hallmark of creating space for our members and partners to learn together and from each other.
We will prioritize session proposals and/or lightning talks which:
- Include diverse perspectives and the voices of community, e.g., regional, racial, social/public sector etc.
- Encourage audience participation, engagement and discussion (if proposing a session)
- Are designed for specific types of Foundations, e.g., family, corporate, community, independent, public or population funds
- Provide tools, frameworks and/or case studies; are solutions-oriented
- Are proposed by current Philanthropy Northwest members
Deadlines for submission
- May 6: RFP opens
- June 5: RFP Submission Closed
- June 30: Selection committee decisions announced. If selected, you will be paired with a Philanthropy Northwest staff member or committee member to help refine and design the session in alignment with our conference goals and values.
Please contact Elyse Gordon at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you!