2021 GPNP Summit: October 13, 14, 15

The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) biennial Summit offers an opportunity to connect 1,200+ attendees with pertinent resources; identify and develop cross-sectoral strategies for nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and the public sector; and empower people to collaborate, advocate, and act.

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This year’s Summit will focus on healing, connecting, and co-creating justice-focused solutions to our region’s toughest challenges. 

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“I thought I understood the value of networking, and then I attended the GPNP summit and learned the true value of networking. I thought I understood the value of continuing professional development and education, and then I joined GPNP and learned the true value of continued learning. I didn’t think I could be inspired by nonprofit speakers, and then I attended GPNP events and summit and became inspired.”

John Denny

Principal, Denny Civic Solutions

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Call for Presentations: we invite you to help us design innovative and essential content that will inspire action in one or more of these 3 areas.

Heal

Enhancing wellness across the nonprofit sector and the communities we serve and supporting recovery from the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism.

Connect

Encouraging human and organizational collaboration and community building.

Co-create

Modeling, teaching, and/or activating co-creation of innovative solutions that center lived experiences and other data that will move the sector forward with a shared vision.

The 2021 three-day hybrid Summit, like the others before it, will provide a platform for speakers, learners, community members, and sponsors to share, celebrate, and co-create the amazing work that nonprofits and our partners contribute to building a just region for all.

By fostering opportunities for ongoing connection, we challenge attendees to collaborate with presenters, speakers, and each other to imagine how successes and lessons learned can be used to build effective local and regional solutions to complex challenges.

To review a copy of the questions included in the Presentation Request for Proposals (RFP) and learn more about anticipated presentation topics based on the most pressing needs in this region’s nonprofit sector, download the 2021 GPNP Summit RFP for Speakers and Workshops document.

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Presenter FAQs

Presenters are encouraged to download and read the 2021 RFP Preview here and the frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions not listed below, do get in touch with Emily@ForbesFunds.org.

What are some presentation topics that align with healing, connecting, and co-creating a just region for all?
  • Equity and justice (racial, gender, LGBTQ+, dis/ability, education, urban/rural, etc.)
  • Cross-sector collaboration and opportunities
  • Collective impact success stories
  • Nonprofit capacity building
  • Change strategy and change management
  • Public policy issues and advocacy
  • Data-informed action
  • Physical and/or mental health and wellness
  • Nonprofit and community leadership
  • Nonprofit board governance
  • GPNP values co-creation and would love to help bring your idea to fruition if you have another unique topic of your choosing.
What are the guidelines for Presenters?
  • Underrepresented voices are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Compensation will be considered on an as-needed basis only.
  • The primary presenter for each workshop will receive free registration, and additional
    presenters will receive discounted registration.
  • Presenters will be expected to provide content that is educational, non-commercial,
    and non-self-promotional.
  • No sales pitches are allowed during presentations or sessions.
What is the submission process and deadline for Presenters?

The deadline is July 30, 2021.

You can preview the RFP questions (starting on page 3), then submit your responses here. A review committee of GPNP members and partners will consider your request and provide feedback as necessary.

After submitting your proposal here, a member of the GPNP Team will reach out to you with additional information and next steps.

In the interim, please contact the GPNP Team with any questions at emily@forbesfunds.org.

What is the event format?

All presentations will be held virtually on the Cvent Platform. Some attendees will participate in-person at small events across the region for select portions of the Summit.

What will the 2021 GPNP Summit audience consist of and can you provide more of the history behind it?

GPNP is a growing coalition of over 500 organizations serving the 10-county Southwestern PA region. Our biennial Summit brings together more than 1000 people across nonprofit, business, and public sectors. The 2021 three-day hybrid Summit, like the others before it, will provide a platform for speakers, learners, community members, and sponsors to share, celebrate, and co-create the amazing work that nonprofits and our partners contribute to building a just region for all. By fostering opportunities for ongoing connection, we challenge attendees to collaborate with presenters, speakers, and each other to imagine how successes and lessons learned can be used to build effective local and regional solutions to complex challenges.

Note: you can see GPNP Summit highlights from previous years here!

What our members and sponsors are saying.

As a sponsor, we are able to see firsthand how GPNP is dedicated to educating not-for-profits on issues that affect them and the Pittsburgh region. The GPNP Summit provides another opportunity to observe, collaborate and discover ways to make our community a better place to live and work. A more knowledgeable community is essential to a vibrant local economy.

Rachel Trunk

Baker Tilly

GPNP creates a dynamic and vibrant network of change makers committed to strengthening our region. It is a powerful and necessary force in tackling some of our most pressing issues. The GPNP Summit is a transformational experience. At the Summit, I’ve learned key skills and built partnerships and a network to collaborate on a more strategic level.
Chris Cooke

Former Executive Director, Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE)

What I have experienced with GPNP is the amazing workshops, webinars, using the Catchafire pilot for 17 projects for The Stepping Stone Pathways as well as utilizing the Executive-in-Residence program. The GPNP Summit means that people who are not able to attend in person can attend to virtual webinars and still benefit from some of the informational sessions that are being offered. During the summit [we had] sessions that teach you HOW to achieve your goal; it is invaluable to grow and expand your business.

Alice Washington

Executive Director, The Stepping Stone Pathways

As a GPNP member and partner for over a decade I am proud to be associated with a membership
organization that cares both about its members and those they serve. Pittsburgh has a strong and
vibrant nonprofit community because of the continued efforts of GPNP.

The GPNP Summit for years has provided the opportunity to build stronger personal and professional relationships. I can only imagine the partnerships that have been formed as a direct result of conversations at past Summits. I have no doubt this year’s Summit will continue that trend.

Todd Whiteman

Executive Vice President, Enscoe Long Insurance Group

Relive the GPNP Summit from 2019 and earlier:

GPNP held our biennial Summit on Dec. 3, 2019, with over 1,000 leaders in attendance!

Hosted by The Forbes Funds, the GPNP Summit $1,500 benefit is accessible to all our members, as well as our corporate sponsors, consultants, and partners.

For more than a decade, thousands of amazing organizations have been enthusiastic participants in a biennial nonprofit summit. This past year, attendees learned more about innovative approaches and opportunities in fulfilling missions and to move beyond the boundaries of their sectors to know the value of multi-disciplinary alliances.

The 2017 GPNP Summit attracted 1,200 community, government, philanthropic and corporate leaders, all dedicated to making the city sustainable, vibrant and healthy.

The 2017 Nonprofit Summit is was held October 5-6, 2017. Check out the video below about the Summit.

GPNP Summit 2017

GPNP issued the following press release in advance of Summit 2015: Our Region Wins When We Work Together

October 13, 2015: More than 1,200 nonprofit executives, public officials, and business leaders will convene on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for Summit 2015: Our Region Wins When We Work Together, the largest conference of private, public, and nonprofit organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Videos from the 2015 summit appear below. You can also read the archived press release here and see coverage from Next Pittsburgh.

The Greater Pittsburgh 2013 Nonprofit Summit: From Ideas to Action

Continuing to convene nonprofit leaders from across southwestern Pennsylvania, the Nonprofit Summit featured workshops, networking, and continued collaboration across the region.

The Nonprofit Summit in 2011 took place working to bolster nonprofits to build a better region.

Continuing to convene nonprofit leaders from across southwestern Pennsylvania, the Nonprofit Summit featured workshops, networking, and continued collaboration across the region. Some such events included: Technology & Social Media, Measuring Change, and more.

In 2005, The Forbes Funds created the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP).

The Forbes Funds formalizes the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP).

In 2005, The Forbes Funds founded the GPNP to address the increasing concern that the nonprofit sector was not connected with then-current charitable tax discussions across the state.

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