Securing the Future 2023 seeks speakers who will complement keynote speaker Vu Le, and provide timely and actionable information for attendees. Breakout session proposals are reviewed by a volunteer committee through a competitive process. 

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Securing the Future Conference

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Breakout Presenters

March 1, 2023 | 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Deadline extended to Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

About the Conference and Conference Attendees

Securing the Future (STF) conference, hosted by Leadership Council for Nonprofits is an annual Greater Cincinnati half-day conference designed to build nonprofit resources, skills, and connections. Hundreds of nonprofit executives, board leaders, fundraisers, funders, and community leaders attend each year. The 2023 conference theme is:  Power, People, and Perspective: Provocative Conversations for Nonprofit Leaders. Our keynote speaker is Vu Le (returning after a successful keynote here in 2017), nonprofit speaker and thought leader, author of the blog Nonprofit AF and founder of the 50,000-member Facebook group Nonprofit Happy Hour.

The success of STF depends largely on our presenters and their ability to deliver thought-provoking sessions that help nonprofit leaders tackle important leadership challenges and seize opportunities to advance their missions. We expect our attendees to leave the conference with a broader understanding of current and future trends on the local, national and global level so they can help the organizations they serve to secure the future. 

Past breakout presenters have included some of the most influential and inspiring leaders and thinkers in the nonprofit sector. They are board leaders and chief executives who are transforming their organizations through extraordinary leadership or change management; researchers who are forging new understanding of leadership models and practices; advisors who are helping organizations expand their impact and improve performance; and other influencers who are helping the nonprofit sector think creatively and differently about leadership, innovation, and collaborations.

As a breakout speaker at STF you will have the opportunity to:

·        Engage participants in dialogue about important issues, trends, or challenges affecting nonprofits leaders and their boards.

·        Disseminate new knowledge, insights, or research that will help nonprofit leaders strengthen their organization’s staff and board leadership and impact.

·        Network with 350+ nonprofit staff and board members, as well as consultants, funders, and others who are focused on strengthening nonprofit leadership.

·        Attend the half-day conference program with a complimentary speaker registration.



Proposal Submission & Selection Information

As a breakout speaker at STF you will have the following responsibilities:

·        Presenters will conduct 30- to 50-minute sessions.

·        Presenters will provide information, materials, and resources for participants.

·        The conference is planned to be in person, so you will be presenting live, and your session will be repeated twice. In the event health conditions change and we choose to do a hybrid event, you may be asked to be live-streamed. You may also be asked to interact with attendees via a chat feature.

·        Additionally, you may be asked to do a practice session(s) if we are doing a hybrid approach, so you will know what to expect on conference day.

·        Ensure that the session is not perceived as an “infomercial” for your company and that you do not sell your company’s products/services to our paid participants before or during the session. Presenting at a STF conference is an opportunity to expand knowledge and skills while giving back to the nonprofit and philanthropic community. If you wish to promote products or services to this influential audience, we offer a range of sponsorship packages.


Successful proposal submissions will include:

1.     A compelling short title and 500-character description of your session.


2.     Information on the proposed learning goals, objectives, and outcomes.

a.     Goals: Overarching aims, generally not specific enough to measure. In broad terms, what do you want participants to take away from this session?

b.     Objectives: What specific things do you want the participant to know and do? These are specific achievements that contribute towards reaching the goal(s). When writing objectives remember to make them S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

c.      Outcomes: What do you want participants to be able to demonstrate after this session? Outcomes are changes in behavior, attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, and/or skills as a result of your session.


3.     A session format that is engaging and interactive for participants (i.e., lecture, panel, roundtable, Q&A etc.)


4.     Be innovative. STF is the most prominent local conference for nonprofit leaders, and we want sessions that have the content and approaches to support this distinction.


5.     Incorporate real-world case studies, relevant hot topics, practical applications, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities as much as possible.


Session Topics

Here are some examples of sessions that fit into the theme and could be responsive to our attendees’ concerns right now. You are welcome to submit other ideas related to building sustainable and successful nonprofits.


u People, people, people: Nearly every nonprofit (indeed every industry) is struggling with talent attraction and retention. Call it the great resignation, quiet quit, generational differences, adoption of hybrid work, lack of career pathways in our industry – we want to hear from nonprofits who are trying different approaches to our workforce. What’s working? What’s changed in employees’ motivation? What do we want our supporters to understand about our most valued resource – our people?


u Everybody In – Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Inclusion is more than counting heads. How do you create a mission and a structure that is welcoming and inclusive of power, influence, equity, and voice?


u Taking on “the system” – our system:  Vu Le and many others question some of the tenets that nonprofits (and donors) hold most dear. Is community-centered fundraising diametrically opposed to donor-centric practices or a natural evolution? Are traditional board member selection and “give-get” practices crucial for sustainability or barriers to equity and inclusion? Is “professionalism” inherently tied to employability and success? How do we take on the “overhead myth?”


u What happens after a windfall? We’ve heard about local nonprofits who have received a transformational bequest, an unexpected mega-grant, or even a hard-won government grant exponentially larger than any previous. How do these gifts change organizations? How do boards balance long-term stewardship with the potential to make sweeping immediate impact? Do they affect annual giving? Inquiring minds want to know!


u Grace Under Pressure, Hope for the Future – How can we bring optimism, hope, and visionary thinking to our missions and the people we serve without denying hard realities and burning ourselves out? People need to feel safe, seen, and heard, but also need a reason to believe.


u Nonprofit and Chill? Is a merger or strategic partnership in your future? There have been several high-profile hook-ups this past year, plus many that have stood the test of time. Should this be your biggest fear or your most promising sustainability strategy? We’d like to hear from organizations who have been through the process.


Selection & Deadlines

Selection Information:

·        Each session under consideration is subject to a telephone interview to review speaker(s)’ knowledge of the subject matter.

·        If you wish to submit more than one session proposal, treat each as a separate application.

·        Proposals will be reviewed by members of the conference planning committee. Once proposals are selected, and all respondents notified, those selected will be contacted by a committee member or executive director for review of their session.



·        Proposal submission deadline: Jan. 18, 2023

·        Chosen presenters will be notified by:  Jan. 25, 2023

·        (If selected) Video submission deadline: Feb. 1, 2023*

* Videotaping a short 30-45 seconds about your session is not required, but is a great way to get people interested in your session. It is highly recommended.



Proposals must be submitted via the online form:


Thank you in advance for considering submitting a proposal for Securing the Future! 



Please direct all questions about this RFP to or visit the LC website at for more information.