Conference for NC Nonprofits Returns to Triangle

September 7, 2018

Jeanne C. Tedrow, President & CEO
919-790-1555 x.112,

23 Years and Counting: Conference for NC Nonprofits
Returns to the Triangle on September 12

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Nonprofit leaders will convene at the 2018 Conference for NC Nonprofits on September 12-14, 2018 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, Research Triangle Park. Hosted by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and sponsored by Duke Energy, Power Play: Disruption for Good, is the largest annual gathering of nonprofit leaders in North Carolina.

The inaugural conference in 1995 was created as a space for nonprofits of all sizes, fields, and counties of the state to come together, share their experiences, gather knowledge, and brainstorm new and better ways to manage their organizations and serve their missions and communities. Through its evolution, the event still holds to these basic elements.
The conference welcomes nonprofit board, staff and volunteers, consultants, funders, and community members who work closely with nonprofits. Onsite registration (rates from $170-460) will be open at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703, on Wed, Sept. 12 from 2-6:30 pm, Thu, Sept. 13 from 8 am-5 pm, and Fri, Sept. 14 from 7:30-8:30 am.

With a new lens on equity, diversity, and inclusion in life and work culture, the conference brings the topic into focus for the nonprofit sector. Vu Le, well-known blogger at and executive director of Rainier Valley Corps in Seattle, will deliver his keynote, “Equity, Diversity & Inclusion – From Theory to Everyday Practice” that dives into the disruptive and transformational power of EDI and how to translate it into action within our own organizations.

To further the EDI focus, Board Source Senior Governance Consultant Robin Stacia’s Deep-Dive workshop, “Intentional Leadership: Creating Practices that Promote Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the Boardroom” will address boards of directors and governance strategies that move nonprofits towards inclusion and equity. Multiple concurrent sessions – 360º on Unconscious Bias, Beyond the Buzzwords: The Intentional Practice of ED&I, and Healing from a Thousand Cuts: White Dominant Culture and Racial Macroaggressions in Well-Meaning Spaces – round out the topic.

Conference staples like Conversations with Grantmakers, Curbside Consultants, Career Coaching, and The Nonprofit Marketplace offer attendees opportunities to talk individually with funders, professional consultants and experts, nonprofit veterans, and vendors. Site visits to two local nonprofits, TROSA and Visual Art Exchange, offer a defined glimpse into the workings of other organizations.

Concurrent sessions follow the arc of common and current nonprofit topics, such as building boards, community-centered fundraising, developing nonprofit leaders, strategic planning, and creating digital content.

Alongside “Intentional Leadership,” two more half-day workshops provide a deeper dive into nonprofit trends. Jay Wilkinson of Firespring, will share his research and experiences on online engagement. David Heinen of North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, Ed Chaney of Schell Bray PLLC, and Gail Eluwa of Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division, NC Secretary of State will highlight the path through the federal and state laws and regulations to nonprofit legal compliance.

Attendees can also look forward to appearances by NHL Carolina Hurricanes mascot Stormy and the Poetry Fox, the chance to practice mindfulness, and extend their networking into the local restaurant scene during Dine Arounds.

For details, rates, and the full conference schedule, visit


Founded in 1990, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits educates, connects, and advocates for North Carolina nonprofits. It serves as a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, an information center on effective organizational practices, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole. It is the leading voice for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations across the state. The Center’s 1,500 Member nonprofits range from large universities to small grassroots organizations and work in every field, from the arts and education to science and economic development.