Session Proposals

How do we bring you incredible events 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.


Proposal Submission Period: October 16–November 6
Community Input: November 23–December 4
Session Notifications: January 6

Session Categories

Sessions must be submitted in one of the following six categories:

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Fundraising
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Program

Session Formats

30 Minute Session 1–2 presenters

Similar to the “Sprint” session of past NTCs, these short sessions are distributed throughout the conference to provide attendees with energizing, fast-paced opportunities to learn from experts in focused topic areas. Do you have a hot take on meeting facilitation? A must-do list for project managers? Top tips for email conversion? Bring a tight, focused presentation with tangible takeaways.

60 Minute Session 2–4 presenters, at least one presenter must represent a nonprofit.

Presenters determine the format and distribution of time. Presenters can collaborate on a single session experience or divide the time to highlight various perspectives and approaches. Think beyond the panel, engage your audience, and send folks off with new ways of approaching their work. Session proposers may submit a session and recruit co-presenters after session acceptance.

60 Minute Workshop 1–3 presenters

You have 60 minutes to help your colleagues kick off their most significant project of the year. What expertise can you share? Organize your proposal around a work product for the audience. It can be a strategy template, project plan, pitch, or another structured tool that you provide the participants. This session should be built around the template so that the audience can “play along at home.” You will guide them in thinking through the big questions, and organizing principles that you know are the foundations for success when undertaking a project.

Suggested Topics

Our session advisory committee has curated a list of suggested topics to help you brainstorm ideas and frame your proposal for the NTEN community. Submitting sessions on these topics is not required. These are ideas suggested by the SAC to help you think of topics that may be of interest to you. Proposals for sessions on topics not on this list are welcome and encouraged.

Community Call

Recording of the October 15 call.


Office Hours

Join NTEN staff and community members for an informal video call to ask your questions and share your proposal ideas. This event will be live captioned and have a chat feature. Feel free to drop in at any time during the call to ask your question and then be on your way. Or join us for the entire session to hear what other community members are thinking about for the online 21NTC. The call is Thursday, October 22, 11 AM–12 PM Pacific. You must register to get the call link. 

Selection Process

  1. Proposals: (October 16–November 6) We begin with a public call for session proposals. Anyone from the nonprofit technology community can submit a proposal during the submission period.
  2. Community Input: (November 23–December 4) Proposed sessions are reviewed and favorited by the community and the Session Advisory Committee.
  3. Draft: Using the community input as our guideline, NTEN staff draft an agenda that includes various topics across the six category areas (program, IT, leadership, fundraising and development, marketing and communications, and digital inclusion.) If some sessions are very similar in topic and have high community support, we may pick the most supported one or combine the sessions.
  4. Review: The Session Advisory Committee provides a final evaluation and identifies critical missing topics. NTEN staff will fill the gaps from session proposals or may reach out to potential speakers.
  5. Session notifications: (January 6) NTEN notifies session proposers and publishes the final agenda as sessions are confirmed.

Proposal Form Preview

The session proposal form will only be available during the submission proposal period. However, you can download a PDF of the proposal form so that you can prepare your proposal in advance of the submission period.