Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good

April 27-30, 2021
Live sessions on April 27 & 29, 2021
Online | $60
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The Nonprofit Practices Institute (a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund) is excited to partner with the Yakima Community Foundation for a region-wide virtual conference! We will not be holding our in-person NPI Summit this year.

As someone who works in the nonprofit sector, you know the value of making connections – with funders, volunteers, partners, and the people and causes you serve.  The 2021 Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good is designed to be a week where those working for the greater good learn, connect, and become inspired for the work ahead.

You have done heroic work over the past year. You have navigated a global pandemic, weathered economic challenge, and prioritized racial justice within your organization and community. You have rallied your people in ways that you never thought possible. You have used technology in ways you hadn’t imagined a year ago. It is time to pause, reflect, learn, and connect so we together can build our collective strength for what promises to be another year of challenge and opportunity.

All sessions will be translated into Spanish.


Leading Across Our Divides to a Path Forward Together

Paul Shoemaker

The social challenges facing us in the 2020s are radically different than those we faced even one generation ago. The challenges ahead are massive…but so are the opportunities… if the right leaders show up. Leaders like the one across Central Washington that are ready to redefine the leader they need to be and hungry for inspiration, stories, and direction.

Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International—a global network of thousands of social innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business and community leaders that support social change agents in over 40 cities and 8 countries. With insights from over 17 years of this unique vantage point, as well as a decade prior at Microsoft and Nestlé and 5 years as a cross-sector consultant, he is a global thought leader and consultant on activating social change agents and increasing impact.  In 2011 and 2012, Shoemaker was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector” by The Non Profit Times, and in 2013, was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by Future in Review.  Over the last five years, Shoemaker has consulted with a wide range of private, nonprofit and public sector entities on a range of challenges from leadership development to business modeling to long-term strategy. He has spoken at TEDx and United Nations events and has written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Huffington Post.


Leading Across Our Divides: The Workshop with Paul Shoemaker

During his keynote talk, Paul is going to talk about how we can take charge of change. He is going to invite us to think about how we can solve hard problems by reflecting on our role as leaders of organizations and communities. During this workshop, Paul is going to share some practical next steps forward. 

Leveraging Your Impact through Strategic Partnerships with Scott Schaffer

Nonprofits can increase their community impact by aligning and partnering with other organizations. In this workshop, we will consider a continuum of partnership strategies, ranging from program collaboration to strategic alliance to merger. We will cover benefits, costs, risks and success factors for effective partnerships. 

Cross-cultural communication: Creating the space where everyone is welcome with Suzy Martinez

It is one thing to have diverse people sit around a table. It is another to intentionally create a culture in which everyone belongs. In this hands-on session, you will learn how to build empathy with people different from yourself. You will learn strategies for communicating across cultures as a critical element for building a culture of inclusion.

5 HR Tips for a Small Nonprofit with Skye Mercer

So many nonprofit leaders become the accidental HR manager because someone has play that role. We’ll talk about the five big issues of HR leadership: how to prioritize pay for staff, build remote workplace/volunteer culture, be values-centric in your employment practices,  use your donor engagement strategy as a model for employee/volunteer recruitment, and keep up with compliance updates.

Fundraising with Community at the Center with Pamela J. Oakes

We will explore Community-Centric Fundraising, a model that is grounded in equity. We examine how it incorporates race, equity, social justice, and community-building into fundraising practices, and how we—by following its principles—can enable a more equitable and just nonprofit sector. 

A Native perspective on how to decolonize your nonprofit with Tara Ramos

Despite so many efforts to lift up equity and inclusion as core nonprofit practice, there still exists a bias against Native culture and experiences. Our organizations, often unintentionally, prioritize White thought and approaches and work in opposition to Native self-determination, political and cultural autonomy, and the right to traditional land and resources. These practices hold back Native people and their ability to thrive.

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First with Katie Thorner

The last year has been extremely stressful. Taking care of ourselves has taken a backseat.  The problem is that when we don’t function from a place of health, we are less effective, whether that be due to sick days, decreased energy, or lack of focus.  Self care is how we show our leadership.  We will discuss ways to put on your own oxygen masks so that you are able to better care for the people you work with and serve.

Build a Nonprofit Disaster Plan with Nancy Bacon

You work hard to run programs and solve problems. You intend to do the right thing, yet limitations on time, funding, and technical knowledge can get in the way of getting your organization ready for something bad to happen. During this workshop, we unpack three key steps to nonprofit disaster planning.

Courageous Conversations on Finance and Equity with Curtis Klotz

Decisions about race, equity, organizational values, and human resource strategies are interlaced throughout your nonprofit’s finances, whether you are conscience of them are not. Join in a conversation exploring how these seemingly unrelated forces influence and impact your organization’s financial policies and practices.


A major advantage of an online conference is the ability to spread out learning and connection over a longer period of time. In addition to a keynote speaker and workshops, the Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good will feature these elements:

 On-demand learning

We will soon be announcing an exciting line-up of experts sharing their knowledge in recorded sessions. Watch on your time and then join a conversation group on Wednesday or Friday of the Conference week. 

Affinity groups

Join a group of people with whom you have something in common. Groups include:

  • Latino/a leaders
  • Executive directors
  • Fund development leaders
  • Rural leaders

Tell us what group you would like to see! 

Book clubs

We are convening two book clubs.

  • April leading up to the Conference: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    • Anyone with a library card (who lives or owns property in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, or Okanogan counties) can borrow So You Want to Talk About Race, and we have several borrowing options available:
      • We have 14 copies of the physical book available. Folks with a library card can place a hold online or by calling their local library. Borrowers can choose to pick up their hold at any of our 30 public libraries or have the book mailed directly to them through our Mail Order Library.
      • We have several copies of the eBook and digital Audiobook available on our OverDrive platform.
      • We have an unlimited number of copies of the digital Audiobook available on our Hoopla platform.
  • May following the Conference: Taking Charge of Change by Paul Shoemaker 

Exhibitors with the knowledge and services nonprofits need

We are inviting a wide range of exhibitors to come and share their expertise with you. These include state agencies, businesses, and nonprofit service groups. Make sure you set aside time to visit with exhibitors to get your questions answered. 


The Central Washington Nonprofit Network is proud to use the WHOVA conference platform to support network, Q&A, and celebration.   When you register, you’ll be given the option to include additional information about yourself so others can get to know you. In the days leading up to the conference, you can check back and reach out to those fellow conference attendees and exhibitors whose profiles catch your attention.  Who is doing similar work to you? Who went to the same school? Who is in your local community? Who might have answers to some of your burning questions?


Tell us if you would like a Certificate of Participation for joining the Conference. These are available for the whole Conference or individual sessions.

A lot to keep track of? Don’t worry. You will be invited to an orientation before the Conference and have all of the tools you need to fully participate.

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