2020 Nonprofit Finance & Grants Summit Call for Proposals: Grants Track!

September 14-16, 2020 | Washington, DC


EXTENDED! “Grants Track” session proposals due by July 13th

Event Details:

The Nonprofit Finance & Grants Summit is fast approaching! This expert-led, two-day intensive training event will take place on September 14-16th in Washington, DC. We are currently searching for high quality sessions and speakers to present at the event. 

The “Grants Focused” track is a training and networking conference event made specifically for nonprofit grant professionals. This track is comprised of 8 single-tracked 1-hour long sessions presented by knowledgeable compliance experts in the grants, accounting and legal communities on a wide variety of topics. We’ll also have a boot-camp taking place on September 16th.

Grants professionals must be in the know about the latest grants rules and regulations that govern federal awards no matter the circumstances so they can confidently manage their grants and protect their funding. That’s why summit attendees need to hear from compliance experts in order to strengthen their organization and advance their mission.


We are expecting about 100+ nonprofit focused grants professionals. Job titles being targeted for attendance include:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Executive Directors
  • Finance Vice Presidents
  • Accountants
  • Controllers
  • Grants Managers and Coordinators
  • Procurement Managers
  • Grant Writers
  • Auditors 
  • Other mid-upper level grants, finance and operatoins staff

Session Format:

The Finance Summit will include 8 different hour long sessions happening over the course of two full days. We will also have a bootcamp from 9AM-12PM on September 16th. 

Each session will be presented by 1-3 speakers giving a PPT presentation (other formats may be okay with advance approval) at a podium, panel table, or by standing in front of the audience. Please note there is a strong likelihood that all of the event sessions will be recorded and distributed later on.

Guidelines to Submit a Proposal:

1. Please review the type of attendees that will be present at the event.
2. Indicate the type of session you wish to present (panel, PPT presentation, Group Activity, etc).
3. List the proposed title of your session and provide a short paragraph about what content will be provided to attendees and why they need to know about it.
4. List 4-6 specific learning objectives for your session
5. List all the proposed session speakers, including their full names, titles, organization, bio, photo, and email.
6. Indicate whether you will be providing attendees with a printed handout, and if so, what type.
7. Include any relevant/helpful materials from previous presentations (optional).
8. Send to Danielle Little (dlittle@thompson.com) by July 13th. You will hear if your session was approved or not by July 17th.

Selection Criteria:

We are looking for a wide range of nonprofit grants information. Topics can include how COVID-19 has changed grants, time and effort reporting, procurement best practices, the ins and outs of program performance, indirect cost recovery strategies, review of OMB’s uniform grant guidance, managing subaward agreements and monitoring subrecipients, etc. Sessions must be appropriate and interesting for grants staff, and they must be as nonprofit specific as possible.

Speakers should be knowledgeable in non-profit grants management process from start to finish and have experience presenting at other events. Speakers should have 5+ years non-profit grants management experience (expert).

For any sessions presented by vendors/consultants, we strongly encourage a nonprofit executive co-speaker to be included as a case study. Sessions that provide concrete take-aways, real case studies, best practices, how-to info, and other actionable items are preferred.

Contact Info:

Please email nonprofit track proposals or any questions to Danielle Little (dlittle@thompson.com) by July 13th. Session selections will be given by July 17th.