Suggested Session Proposal Topics

Based on feedback from past NTC attendee surveys and input from the 21NTC Session Advisory Committee, we’ve crafted these lists of suggested session topics. Think of them as a jumping-off point for your brainstorming, so don’t feel obligated to limit yourself to these suggestions. You’re encouraged to put your best idea forward when sharing a proposal, even if it’s not listed.

Digital Inclusion

  • Advocacy: Access; Active Legislation
  • Community & Infrastructure: Digital Inclusion in Rural & Urban Areas
  • COVID: Impact on Digital Inclusion Work
  • Design: Designing for Accessibility
  • Digital Literacy: Dos and Don’ts of Teaching Basic Skills
  • Equity: Anti-racism in Digital Inclusion
  • Partnerships: Building Partnerships around Digital Inclusion
  • Professional Development: Building Tech Skills
  • Research: Best Practices & Methods for Digital Inclusion Research

Fundraising

  • Acquisition: Digital Acquisition, Tried, True, & New
  • Advocacy: Where Fundraising and Advocacy Intersect
  • Analytics: Monitor these KPIs to Increase Fundraising
  • Automation: Be There Without Being There; Email Automation that Drives Conversion
  • Budget: Crafting a Digital Budget that Works; Evaluating Digital Investments
  • Current Events: Fundraising in a Pandemic; 2020 Election Fundraising; Fundraising for your Cause when Other Causes are Timely; Rapid Response Plans
  • Donor Engagement: Donor Engagement for Fundraising Results; Effective Donor Surveys
  • Email: Interactive Emails – Design, Tech, UX, & Results
  • Fundraising Basics: Fundraising Technology for Newcomers
  • Innovative Fundraising: Connecting with Young & Next Gen Donors; Testing Experimental Fundraising Content
  • Lessons Learned: Fundraising Campaign Failures that Triggered Change
  • Peer-to-peer: P2P Post-COVID
  • Strategy: Prioritizing One-time vs. Monthly Donors
  • Sustainer Fundraising: The Creative, the Technical, the Tactical
  • Virtual Events: 2021 and Beyond

IT

  • Agile: How Agile Practices can Elevate IT
  • Cloud: Transitions to Cloud Solutions
  • Collaboration: Leveraging Tech to Facilitate Teams
  • Consultants: Leveraging Outside Expertise for IT Projects
  • Data: How IT Can Cultivate Data Culture; Data Stewardship; Maintaining a Data Warehouse
  • HR: Recruiting IT Staff
  • Leadership: Identifying and Prioritizing Tech Needs
  • Privacy Compliance: Laws & Security
  • Project Management: Intro to IT PM
  • Training: Virtual & Remote Learning
  • SaaS: Overview of Charitable SaaS Programs
  • Security: Ransomeware, Exfiltration, and Extortion
  • Systems Integration
  • Systems of Record

Leadership

  • Accessibility: Leading your Nonprofit to Accessibility
  • Board Collaboration: Tools and Tips; Transitioning from a Working Board; Setting your Board up for Success
  • Budget: Strategies for Budgeting Technology
  • COVID & Crisis: Supporting a Remote Team in Times of Crisis
  • Data: Creating and Managing Executive Dashboards
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: BLM After 2020; Living Into DEI Commitments; Building and Supporting Inclusive Teams; Mentoring the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leadership
  • Governance: Strategies for Unprecedented Times; Governing When It’s Not Your (Only) Job
  • Lean Times:  Appreciating Staff in Times of Financial Hardship
  • Management: Remote Performance Management
  • Mission: Re-envisioning Your Mission and Purpose
  • Nonprofits in the Information Economy
  • Project Management & Change Management
  • Self Care: Self-Care During Crisis
  • Strategy: Diversifying Revenue Sources
  • Remote work: Inspiring Strategic Thinking & Collaboration with Remote Staff

Marketing & Communications

  • Accessibility: Best Practices for Website, Social Media, Video
  • Analytics: Basics of Communications Metrics, KPIs, and Advanced Strategies
  • Analytics: Translating KPIs into Action Item for Leadership
  • Branding: Finding and Cultivating your Voice
  • Branding: Developing an Elevator Pitch
  • Budgeting: Maximizing Online Advertising Spending
  • Consultants: Evaluating when to Hire Outside Help
  • Design: Creating Attractive Communications without a Graphic Designer
  • Email: Getting Donors to Read Emails
  • Emergency: Best Practices in Rapid Response Communications
  • Equity, DEI: Bias in Messaging
  • Legal: Political Messaging & 501(c)3 Status
  • Logistics: Managing Communications Calendars
  • Social Media: Best Practices in Management
  • Social Media: Problematic Platforms and Alternatives
  • Strategy: Developing a Cohesive Communications Strategy
  • Website Redesign: What to Expect, On What to Reflect

Program

  • Accessibility: Designing Accessible Programs
  • Change Management: My Program is Dying! Pivoting without Losing Purpose
  • Community: Creating True Virtual Communities
  • Data: Community Impact & Data for Donors
  • Impact: Efficient use of Qualitative and Quantitative Data; The Power of Video & Human Connection
  • Innovation: Automation for Programs
  • Leadership: Managing Multi-generational Programs
  • Privacy: Tracking Client Data with Privacy in Mind
  • Program Evaluation for Small Nonprofits
  • Self-care: Maintaining your Passion
  • Social Media to Elevate Impact
  • Staffing Remote Programs
  • Storytelling
  • Team Building
  • Volunteers: Engaging Volunteers During a Pandemic