2020 Collaborative Conference Request for Workshop Proposals

Thank you for your interest in submitting a workshop proposal for the 2020 Collaborative Conference, presented in partnership by Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR), the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP), the PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), and Villanova University. Workshops will be 75 minutes long. Scroll down for our online form, download a PDF of the request for proposals (RFP) here, or download a Word copy here. Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020. Our conference RFP committee will review your proposal and will notify you the week of August 24, 2020, whether yours has been selected.

 About the 2020 Virtual Collaborative Conference


Where: Your Computer!

The Collaborative Conference: where Pennsylvania’s nonprofit professionals go each year to connect, network, learn from each other, learn from experts, and together leverage our collective power to create change – within ourselves, our organizations, our sector, and our communities. With a move to an all-virtual format this year, we may not be “going” very far physically but the possibilities for where we’ll take each other are endless.


Come along with us for Reimagining Together, an online experience where norms will be questioned, innovative approaches explored, exciting ideas shared, and teamwork celebrated. Fun will also be had. Must be willing to get creative, try new things, be bold, practice vulnerability, and maybe even let go of some traditional frameworks. COVID-19 took the first step for many of us, shaking up our everyday realities and leaving us to reinvent new ones (sometimes daily!). Protests against police brutality and systemic racial inequality followed, along with a long overdue national reckoning on how to overcome racism in our society. And while the uncertainty of it all has been trying, to say the least, it’s also given us the gift of a “pause”, allowing us to experiment with new ways of living, working, collaborating, even being. Let’s step into this moment. Redefine ourselves, rewrite our stories, recreate our futures. Let’s reimagine the possibilities for all of us…together.

The following workshop tracks will help to provide a framework for our collective reimagining:

  1. Advocacy, Reimagined – Contrary to popular belief, nonprofits can and should engage in advocacy efforts (electioneering, however, is prohibited). And never is it more critical for nonprofits to use our individual and collective voices than during times of turmoil, upheaval, and uncertainty. Let’s think differently about how we show up and speak up for ourselves, our organizations, our clients, our communities, and our sector!
  2. Communications, Reimagined – The communications strategies we so carefully designed for 2020 soon felt irrelevant, tone deaf, even obsolete the further we got into the year. Which left many of us to adapt the how, who, what, and where of our communications with every changing circumstance, especially as we consider how to lift up the voices of those who have been silenced by centuries of oppression. Let’s carry that creativity forward for new approaches to messaging, storytelling, social media strategy, and more – approaches that center racial equity and raise visibility for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).
  3. Finance & Strategy, Reimagined – When the pandemic hit, our meticulously planned budgets went out the window, along with our overall strategy. What have our efforts to “course correct” taught us about the processes, assumptions, policies, and structures we had in place? Where might we go from here in terms of how we plan, how we operate, or even where we operate?
  4. Leadership, Reimagined – Have the last few months inspired you to rethink how you lead? From front-line staff, volunteers, and interns, to middle managers, senior execs, and boards, many of us have stepped up for our organizations, our missions, and our communities in new and innovative ways. As civil unrest spread across the nation, many in the nonprofit sector have finally made space for much-needed introspection and vital conversations around race and equity in all levels of leadership. How are we moving from dialogue to action? How are we redefining what it means to be a leader at all levels? How can we continue to refresh our leadership styles and practices for long-term success?  
  5. People Power, Reimagined – When the pandemic put physical distance between us, it became more important than ever to find better ways to work together, both within our organizations and with other organizations, too. We’ve had to think fast and creatively about how we define our teams, how we build our teams, how we take care of our teams, and how we leverage the power of those people – especially when it comes to including diverse voices. How can we continue to keep people at the center of our missions?
  6. Resource Development, Reimagined Are galas a thing of the past? Only time will tell. What we do know now is that many of us have successfully redesigned how we gather, how we fundraise, and how we bring in other, much-needed resources. Let’s keep up this visionary momentum for supporting our organizations, both now and well into the future.

Please review our guidelines for workshop cohesiveness before submitting your proposal here.