How the Program Is Created

How do we bring you incredible sessions and valuable networking year after year? The secret is you, our community!

The NTC is community-driven from the very beginning. NTEN staff work with community advisory committees to shape NTC’s educational content, develop community programming, and make the conference more welcoming and inclusive.

Educational Programming

Here’s how the educational session agenda is created:

Proposals: We begin with a public call for content ideas when NTEN members and anyone from the nonprofit technology community can submit session proposals through a form on our website.

Community Input: The community reviews proposed sessions via our website. A Session Advisory Committee of representatives from across the sector weigh-in on their selections via a secure and private jury selection process.

Score: The two scores (from the community and the session advisory committee) are then combined to create an aggregate score. This aggregate score is used as the main framework for session selection.

Review: NTEN staff review and curate the overall selection of sessions to ensure a well-rounded program is created across six categories: program, IT, leadership, fundraising and development, digital inclusion, and marketing and communications. For example, if some very similar sessions have high community support, we may pick the most supported one or combine them. We also hold a few spots on the agenda for any timely and critical topics that may emerge.


We are no longer accepting session proposals for 21NTC. Information about the 22NTC session proposal timeline will be announced in the fall in our monthly newsletter, Connect. If you’re not already a subscriber, it’s easy to sign-up.