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2019 Mid-South Nonprofit Conference

  • University of Memphis - University Center Zach H Curlin Street Memphis, TN, 38111 United States (map)


Are you an expert in your discipline and have a session concept that will inspire, teach and connect nonprofits, funders, government agencies, and the communities they serve? We want your ideas!

We are calling for dynamic speakers to submit proposals to address current and emerging data-centric topics for all staff role in communications, development, human resources, finance programs and senior management. Please see the following page for specific topical suggestions.

Special consideration will be given to presenters that meet our goal of increasing diverse representation among speakers.

Presenters should have:

  • A track record of success in their topic area.

  • An interactive presentation approach that embraces theories of adult learning and ensures the best learning opportunity for the audience.

  • An energetic presence and engaging facilitation style that will support our goal to make content memorable, easier to retain and well-rated.

Proposal Timeline Submission Deadline:

  • Accepting submissions – March 15

  • Deadline for submissions – May 17

  • Notification of selection – May 31

  • Final conference agenda published – July 1  

You will be asked to provide:

  • The session title and summary

  • A detailed description of your proposed session

  • Your bio, contact information, and social media profiles (optional for promotional purposes)

  • A headshot

  • Selected conference track:
    (1) Resource Development: Fundraising, Grant writing and Reporting, and Stewardship
    (2) Inclusive Talent Development, and Organizational Culture
    (3) Marketing and Communications
    (4) Engagement and Collaboration – within and between nonprofit organizations, Mid-South communities, and corporate and government partnerships

Selection Criteria

All proposals should include a session title, three to five sentence summary, and a 300-word detailed session description. The detailed description should provide a list of specific outcomes and actionable advice or tools, and resources learners can implement at their organizations. Interactive or discussion-based sessions that require peer-to-peer learning will receive higher priority. Please also note that the intended audience is beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Sessions with nonprofit co-presenters have a much higher rate of acceptance. If you are a consultant or employee of a for-profit company, we encourage you to include one or more nonprofit representatives in your session. We want to ensure that session participants have a direct connection to the content through a peer presenter.

Sessions will be held in 60-and-75-minute intervals.