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August 10-11th, 2012 Oakland Marriott, Oakland, CA

Thank you for offering to serve as a workshop presenter and/or discussion facilitator for Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference.  We are excited to read your proposal! Please submit your proposal no later than April 6th.

We know that preparing a workshop proposal takes time and energy, and we appreciate your willingness to do this voluntarily.  If you have any questions while filling out this proposal, please contact Conference Co-Chair Ryan Li Dahlstrom at

In Solidarity,


Nisha Anand and Ryan Li Dahlstrom

Conference Co-Chairs

Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference

Request for Proposals

Please read this page thoroughly before submitting your proposal online. Click here to view a sample proposal. To submit your proposal, click here.

Below are the general guidelines for submitting a workshop proposal and some criteria we’re using to review and select presenters.  Please make sure your proposal addresses each of the following areas:  (a) participant-centered and practice-oriented training, (b) progressive learning approach, (c) session format, and (d) topic area.

A. Participant-Centered and Practice-Oriented Training

The Program Committee will review proposals to select sessions that best engage conference participants in learning and skills building. Workshop proposals should incorporate the two core principles described below.

  1. Participant-Centered: trainings that engage trainees in every step of the process, using experiential and participatory learning techniques (like types of popular education) wherever possible (not dry lectures or non-participatory panel presentations); and
  2. “Real-World” Practice: after learning a skill, participants will be given an opportunity to practice the skill. Real world practice makes it much more likely that participants will utilize the skill when they get back home.

Please don’t submit a proposal for a panel presentation unless there is an opportunity for significant conference attendee participation in the conversation. Proposals with more than three panelists will be given very low priority. Please don’t submit a proposal for a workshop that includes a PowerPoint presentation, unless your workshop topic is best covered with PowerPoint (e.g., a Fundraising Databases workshop might have screen shots of databases)

B.  Progressive Learning Approach

We’d like to match skill levels of participants with sessions appropriate to those skill levels. You will be asked to identify the skill level of the target audience for your session:

  • Fundamentals – Basic/entry level for new staff, board members, volunteers and activists, or existing staff, board, volunteers and activists with new responsibilities. Typically 0-1 year of experience in the topic area. Content covers terminology, basic theory and building essential skills.
  • Intermediate – Intermediate, 2-5 years experience. Content includes putting fundraising theory into practice, and practical application. Sessions deal with serious challenges or barriers to being effective. Some time is devoted to problem solving.
  • Advanced – Advanced, 5+ years of experience. Sessions tailored for lead staff, board, volunteers and organizers. Content includes advanced theory, organizational management, and best practices. In addition, advanced sessions can include case study examinations and high-level problem solving.
  • All Audiences – Session is suitable for participants at all skill levels.

Please also list the audience(s) for your session:

  • Organizers/Program Staff
  • Development/Fundraising Staff
  • Board Members & Grassroots Leaders
  • Executive Directors
  • Everyone, all of the above

C. Session Format

You will be asked to choose one of the following formats for your proposed session.

  • Facilitated Discussion or Caucus – 60-minute session. A time for affinity groups or people working on similar projects to gather and exchange ideas, network and build community; or, an opportunity to convene a group of interested participants to discuss a specific topic. There will be approximately 30 topics selected.
  • 2 Hour Workshop – Prepared presentations or trainings with stated and specific learning objectives. Workshops are teaching/learning sessions in which attendees gain useful information, advice, and technical assistance about a specific topic. These sessions are ideal for introductory and intermediate level workshops.   There will be approximately 40 workshops selected.

Presenter Policies and Responsibilities

In order to keep conference registration fees affordable, we ask presenters to volunteer time and expertise at the conference.  As a token of our appreciation, workshop presenters will receive free registration for the entire conference.  We are unable to cover separately ticketed special events, dances/parties, and travel or hotel expenses.  Free registration is limited to three presenters per session.

We are unable to offer free registration or access to travel funds for discussion facilitators. We can offer discussion facilitators a discounted $125 rate. 

After a proposal is accepted or rejected, presenters will be sent info on how to register online. 

As a presenter, you are responsible for making your own travel and hotel arrangements.

If you submit a proposal, you are the “session contact.” Session contacts are expected to serve as the communication link between the conference organizers and the other presenters for your session. Session contacts must provide complete contact information for each presenter and advise conference organizers of any changes in the presenter line-up.

We expect that all scheduled sessions will be presented as described in your proposal and listed in the program book.

Each meeting room will be equipped with a flip chart and markers. Presenters will be asked to fill out a request form for additional audiovisual equipment. Presenters may be asked to cover the cost of requests beyond our means, for example, for multiple pieces of equipment. Presenters are encouraged to provide attendees with relevant supporting materials, such as fact sheets, articles, and guides. Presenters are responsible for your own copying costs.

Proposal Review

To submit a proposal, click here.

The conference Program Committee will review all proposals; we reserve the right to reject proposals.  We’ll look at: the relevance of the proposed session to the values and principles stated in this document, especially the priorities of participation and practice; depth of content; presenter qualifications/experience with the topic; overall strength of the submission; and proposals that reflect our commitment to race/gender/class/age/geographic region representation.

A sample proposal is available for review is available here.

We will not review proposals for sessions that primarily promote or sell commercial products or that promote or sell the work product of an individual presenter. The Program Committee will prioritize proposed sessions that include and reflect the perspectives, needs and priorities of our multi-racial, multi-gender, and multi-aged communities and movement. The Program Committee reserves the right to decline to review proposals received after the posted deadline date.

To have your presentation considered for inclusion in the conference, please complete the forms on the following pages. The proposal should be submitted with:

  • a 150-200 word abstract which includes the learning objectives of the session, not for publication  
  • a 50-75 word description and any pre-requisites for attendees, suitable for publication in the conference program book
  • a session outline that delineates how time will be used in the session and how audience participation and “real world” skills practice are to be included, not for publication
  • complete contact information for all presenters, not for publication
  • brief (no more than 50 words) biographical information for all presenters

The Program Committee reserves the right to edit any info to appear publicly, for length, clarity or content

Please submit your proposal by April 6th. You will be notified of the status of your proposal on or after April 30th, 2012.

Proposal Components

  • Workshop Proposal Form
  • Contact Person
  • Skill Level and Audience Selection
  • Format Selection
  • Abstract with Learning Objectives (not for publication)
  • Program Book Description (for publication)
  • Session Outline (not for publication)
  • Presenter Contact Information (not for publication)
  • Presenter Biographies

We strongly recommend that you have a draft of your proposal prepared before going online to submit your proposal. To submit a proposal click here.

Thank you for your interest in Money for our Movements:  A Social Justice Fundraising Conference.  See you in Oakland!