Request for Proposals

The 2019 Conference for North Carolina’s Nonprofits, a two-day professional development and networking event, is the premier event for our state’s nonprofit sector.  Throughout its 26-year history, this Conference has provided a place where nonprofit staff and board leaders come together to learn, to network, and be inspired.

About the Conference

What: 2019 Conference for North Carolina’s Nonprofits
Theme: Homegrown Innovation
When: December 4-5, 2019
Where: Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Participant profile:  The Center’s Conference attracts 450-600 nonprofit staff (executive directors/CEOs, fundraising, finance, human resources, program, and marketing/communications), board members, and volunteers representing all sizes, fields, and missions.  Participants also include foundation staff, corporate giving officers, consultants, and vendors who work with nonprofits. See below for further profile details.

Concurrent Sessions: Specifics

Date: Thursday, December 5
Time slots: 10:00am-11:15am, 1:00pm-2:15pm, and 2:45pm-4:00pm
Length: All are 75 minutes
Number: We will choose up to 18 concurrent sessions.
Attendance: Sessions average 20 to 35 participants.  Attendance in fundraising and board development topics tend to run higher.

Topics We Seek

In summer 2019 the Center will release its revised edition of Principles & Practices:  Best Practices for North Carolina Nonprofits.  We encourage session participants to consider session topics that align with or address one or more of these twelve principles:  Advocacy and Civic Engagement; Board Governance; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Financial Management; Fundraising; Human Resources; Information and Technology; Legal Compliance & Transparency; Partnerships & Collaboration; Program Design, Management, & Evaluation; Strategic Communication; and Strategic Planning.

2019 Deep Dive workshop topics have been selected:  2019 Legal Update; Marketing and Communications; Fundraising; and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  These will take place the first day of the conference, Wednesday, December 4.  The Conference Committee may place a lower priority on submitted session topics that repeat information in these workshops.

Past participants have given high marks to sessions that are interactive, inspiring, informative, and memorable.  We encourage you to propose a session that engages participants during the workshop time allocated and sends them away with several key takeaways and lessons learned.

The Committee will consider topics directed toward both the new staff member and the experienced CEO.  Please consider participant statistics as detailed below.


Each concurrent session presenter is offered a complimentary lunch and admission to all conference sessions and events taking place on Thursday, December 5.  To keep registration fees affordable, presenters are not paid stipends for their services nor reimbursed travel or accommodation expenses.

Selection Process and Timeline

Proposal submissions are reviewed first by Center staff then sent to the Conference Committee for review and final selection.


RFP process opens June 24, 2019
Proposal deadline July 31, 2019
Notification of acceptance August 23, 2019
AV and equipment needs due October 1, 2019
Handouts due* November 25, 2019
PowerPoint slide deck due November 25, 2019
Date of concurrent session December 5, 2019

*Note: Handouts for sessions will not be printed, but will be placed on the Center’s website.

Criteria for Conference Planning Committee’s evaluation of proposals:

Additional Selection Considerations

The Center is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. It is through this lens that we choose all our professional development program offerings and opportunities.

We place a priority on presenters who avoid self-promotion, selling of products, or excessive promotion of one nonprofit.

We place a priority on selecting presenters which are currently affiliated with the Center, such as a nonprofit member, funder, sponsor, conference exhibitor, or statewide partner.

The submission window is now closed. Thank you!


Please contact Sarah Easley at

Participant Profile Details

Over the past 2 years the breakdown of staff or volunteer positions of attendees have been:

By Title

Executive directors/CEOs 34%
Program staff 23%
Executive Management staff 13%
Fundraising staff 9%
Board member 5%
Finance and Human Resources staff 5%
Marketing and Communications staff 4%
Administrative staff 3%
Fewer than 1% are public policy and advocacy staff, technology staff, students, or consultants working with nonprofits.

By Organization Type

Foundations 18%
Education 17%
Human Services 16%
Arts & Humanities 10%
Health Care 6%
Housing 4%
Crime & Prevention 4%

By Budget Size

41% have budgets under $500,000; 59% have budgets under $1,000,000.