OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - The 5th Annual Nonprofit Leaders Conference for Coastal and Southwest Washington is right around the corner and includes some new and exciting features based on past participant feedback. The two-day conference will take place on Monday and Tuesday October 14th and 15th at the Ocean Shores Conference Center. Early Bird registration is $35 and Scholarships for Registration fees and accommodations are still available.
This year the Conference will focus many sessions on Grant Writing and finding available Grant Funds. With budgets tighter than ever and grant writing a mysterious talent to some, sessions will be offered on finding both federal and private funding streams and how to find funders that are right for you and your organization. With the smaller, local conference there is much one-on-one time available with speakers and other nonprofit leaders who are willing to help and offer continuing resources.
The Ocean Shores Friends of the Library conceived the conference during their on-going efforts to research and write grant applications to fund the capital project to expand their building in 2009. They found that there are few experienced “grant-writers and researchers” in Ocean Shores or even in Grays Harbor. Since then, the Conference is an independent entity. Crystal Dingler, now mayor of Ocean Shores, says: “The objective is to make training and networking available locally and to make it affordable for these small non-profits. We hope that it might help them be more effective and efficient.”