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 egordon@philanthropynw.org with any questions. Thank you!

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* 1. Your Name

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* 2. Your Organization

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* 3. What is your e-mail address?

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* 4. Draft session/talk title

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* 5. Describe the 'big idea' for your session or talk - 250 words max. (Include how it responds to the themes outlined above and the challenge or question the session is meant to address. Share what participants can expect to gain from the session as well as key messages, advice or tools you will offer to help participants make progress on the underlying challenge).

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* 6. What are three key takeaways or outcomes for participants in your session?

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* 7. Will this be a lightning talk, breakout session, or workshop?

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* 8. Draft Workshop Description. Please provide a brief (150 word max) description of your session: include how you are incorporating or responding to the themes outlined above. 

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* 9. We want to provide an inclusive conference experience. To help us ensure that your speakers are as diverse as the communities we serve, briefly tell us about who will be presenting in this session and how they reflect the diversity of our region.

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* 10. Share your initial/draft vision for your session’s outline and structure/activities, including timing and how the session will allow participants to interact with speakers and each other. This does not have to be perfect, we just want a sense of how you will engage the audience and other presenters.

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* 11. What is the structure of your breakout session?

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* 12. Who is the primary audience for this session?

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* 13. What type of organization is the session designed for?

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* 14. If you are not a Philanthropy Northwest member, which members are part of this session and its design? 

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* 15. Anything else we should know?

We appreciate your interest. You will hear back from us in late June. Please contact Elyse Gordon at egordon@philanthropynw.org with any questions.

Thank you for your submission!

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