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McClellan Conference Center
5411 Luce Ave, McClellan Park, CA 95652


October 5, 2017
All Day 

Join with California nonprofits, philanthropists, and passionate advocates for a full day of inspiration and practical tools. Learn from national experts. Network with your peers and business leaders who support nonprofit excellence. Bring your Board members to hear three celebrity keynotes who will ignite passion for your cause. If you join us, this really will be the northern California nonprofit conference of the year.

About the conference


We work to change lives. We work really hard to bring in the money and partners to fulfill our mission. We’re exhausted! We need to build momentum to keep our cause in front of supporters and to activate the changes we need for our community. As our friends at the National Council of Nonprofits say, we advocate to keep our funding, lower barriers to services, and illuminate real community needs.


First, we need to make sure our nonprofit organization is healthy – with a strong infrastructure, provable programs of impact, and a great narrative that engages influencers and supporters.

Second, we need to know how to conduct effective advocacy. What is allowable as a 501(c)(3)?


Our workshops and panel discussions will introduce emerging best practices in nonprofit employment and management, outreach and marketing, Board leadership, and strategic collaboration. We have experts in lobbying and all forms of advocacy to help us understand what we can do, and what we can’t do.


Our keynote speakers will blow your mind with their discussions of being a healthy organization and building community movements. The role of diversity in leadership, and the work of advocacy will anchor their presentations.


The 2017 What IF Conference is designed for nonprofit professionals, nonprofit Board members, philanthropists, community advocates, and businesses that partner with the social sector to make our communities good for all.

National Speakers

We are pleased to welcome three national thought leaders

Vu Le, Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu is a well-known speaker and creator of the weekly blog, Nonprofit AF (formerly Nonprofit With Balls). He also hosts the Facebook Group, Nonprofit Happy Hour that enjoys over 24,000 members.

Learn More About Vu

Joan Garry, a national nonprofit consultant and Huffington Post writer, where she’s developed the reputation as The Dear Abby of Nonprofits. Joan authored the book, Guide to Nonprofit Leadership that debuted in March 2017, and helps produce NBC’s Give, the first network television show about philanthropy and nonprofits. Joan served as executive director of the national advocacy organization, GLAAD.

Learn More About Joan 

Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino, and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and in 2013, Elle named her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington, DC. A dynamic community leader, Maria Teresa was named by Hispanic Business among the 100 most influential Latinos in America. Fast Company called Maria Teresa one of the top 100 Creative Minds for her work at Voto Latino, using technology, celebrity voices, media and youth to empower a generation of young voters. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over a quarter million voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.

Learn More About Maria Teresa


We’re building the program schedule now, so check back often for the latest. We are pleased to feature these expert presenters:


Aaron Silva, Labor & Employment, Murphy Austin Attorneys

Bill Simi, CPA Corporation

Bree Cahill, Social Venture Partners

Colleen Watters, Estate Planning & Probate Attorney

Faith Whitmore, Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center

Jabin Kille, First Citizens Bank

Jeffrey Wilcox, ThirdSector Company

Kim Parker, CA Employers Association

Kim Stone, Stone Advocacy

Nicky Lettini, CostTree, LLC

Scott Galbreath, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Murphy Austin Attorneys

Scott Schaffer, Public Interest Management Group

Shawn Joost, Labor & Employment, Murphy Austin Attorneys

Tony Giancoli, Top Speed Data Communications

Tracie Stafford, Ovation PR

Trudy Harris & Cynthia Woods, Team Giving


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