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Leadership Summit 2024 | September 9 – 12
Paradise Point Resort | San Diego, California

Join leaders from across the nonprofit sector to envision what is possible. Attendees come from both nonprofit organizations and firms and consultancies that work alongside nonprofits toward a shared purpose of public engagement and mission impact. Collectively, this blend of perspectives and influence represents the best of nonprofit sector changemakers. Together, we consider current challenges and opportunities across three levels of impact:

  • ME, yourself as a visionary, innovator, guide, and engineer;
  • WE, your organization, team, or other circle of influence; and…
  • COMMUNITY, the nonprofit sector as a whole.

The TNPA Leadership Summit incorporates a mix of expert panels and facilitated conversations among leader-colleagues to elevate the expertise in the room.

Participants will leave with cutting-edge insights into the work of our sector, a new understanding of their strengths as influential leaders, and facilitation techniques to take back to their organizations to help ensure all voices are being heard and to spur greater innovation.

This is an exceptional opportunity to deepen connections with fellow senior leaders. Attendance is restricted to TNPA members and invited guests and seating is capped at 150 attendees. This event is for senior leaders with 15+ years of experience, the title of Vice President (or equivalent) and higher, or other distinguishing experience as a sector change-maker.

Registration Rates

Nonprofit Member | $495
Nonprofit Non-Member | $645
Corporate Member* | $825
Corporate Non-Member* | Not Available

*Corporate attendance is limited to TNPA Member Companies AND one person per company. This allows for greater diversity of participation.  Registration for current Essential Leadership Lab enrollees does not count against this one-person limit. 2024 Leadership Programming Sponsors may also receive additional attendee seats. For sponsorship, reach out to Abby Graf at

Keynote and Creative Leadership Lab

Times of complexity require us to be creative, think bigger, and see opportunities where others may not. Learn the tools of a creative leader, someone who is confident and competent at thinking differently when it comes to problem solving & idea generation. Creativity encourages you to find fresh perspectives from yourself and others, and that diversity of idea sharing is where your next big win can come from!
This session will leave you with tangible tools to take back to your organization – helping you and your team think outside the box, problem solve, and innovate.

Presented by Van Lai-DuMone
Van Lai-DuMone is the founder of worksmart Advantage, where she actively works to rewrite the way we apply curiosity and creativity in the workplace, instilling brave thinking in clients who are willing to disrupt traditional learning and development methods.

Van brings over 20 years of corporate and start-up experience into designing and implementing learning and development programs for her clients–including Google and LinkedIn. She has served several non-profit organizations including NRDC, The Honor Foundation, and Skirball Cultural Center.

Van studied psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her MBA from Pepperdine University. She recently published her first book, What if Pigs Can Fly? A Practical Guide to Follow Your Curiosity to Impractical Possibilities.


Monday, September 9

3:00 – 4:30 pm Outdoor Activity:  Welcome to San Diego and Paradise Point! Kick-off Leadership Summit with a fun “Island Race” (no running required!) to get to know the area and each other.

5:00 – 6:30 pm Welcome Reception:  Mix & mingle with nonprofit sector colleagues at the water’s edge of Mission Bay. Catch up with old friends, meet new people, and breathe in the California breeze.  

6:30 pm Dinner on your own (Barefoot Bar & Grill on-site or more restaurants a short cab ride away)

Tuesday, September 10

8:30 am Breakfast 

9:00 am Keynote Workshop:  Creative Leadership with Van Lai-DuMone (see details above)

12:00 noon Lunch & Free Time:  Enjoy lunch with colleagues, then take some time to catch up on emails and calls, go for a walk on the beach, play a quick game of pickleball, or enjoy casual networking time on our private deck.

2:00 pm State of Donor Support (Part I): A panel of experts will take a deep dive into the research and data on fundraising. How are people giving, and how is that changing? What does that mean for our current and future relationships with – and reliance on – our donors? Each presenter will share insights from their particular viewpoint to inform a discussion of our ever-evolving strategies for relevance, connection, and growth.

3:30 pm Afternoon Session: More details to come.

5:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner on the Sunset Terrace: Summit attendees consistently rave about the opportunity to network with other senior leaders outside of structured sessions. Maximize the time with your peers and enjoy a relaxed dinner event on the bay.  

Wednesday, September 11

8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am Working Across Generations: The current workforce includes five generations, each with a different approach to work, leadership, innovation, and impact. How can we lead our teams and organizations to maximize each contribution for future success? Led by Deb Taft, CEO at Lindauer, and Eddrick Martin, Managing Partner at Elevated Momentum, LLC. 

11:00 am TBA: Timely Topic: More details to come.

12:00 noon Extended Lunch: Includes time to catch up on email, go for a stroll, or continue conversations with colleagues.

1:30 pm State of Donor Support (Part II): Joined by a new panel of experts on industry research and benchmarks, we will continue to address the questions from Part I through the lens of our teams, organizations, and sector.

2:30 pm Working Session: What? So What? Now What? Working with colleagues, and building on our State of Donor Support data insights, we will collectively answer the questions: What do we want to better understand at this time next year? What can we test or experiment with between now and then to inform future plans? What can we do collectively to accelerate learning and ensure greater long-term impact on a breadth of causes and cures?

5:00 pm Dinner on your own: Take a break and refuel before one final full group session. On-site restaurants include Tidal and Barefoot Bar & Grill.

7:00 – 9:00 pm Closing Dialogue and Bonfire. After an intense two days of discussion, data, and debate, this is the time to put all the pieces together. What ideas and insights are you taking home with you? What new connections can you rely on for peer support? Enjoy one more balmy evening on the bay and final conversations with peer colleagues (made sweeter with a s’more roasted over a fire). 

Thursday, September 12

Travel Day 

Summit Venue

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
1404 Vacation Road
San Diego, California 92109

Book Your Room Now: The special rate for rooms is $259 per night, available until  Monday, August 19, 2024.
Or call the reservations department at 855-463-3361 and reference the “2024 TNPAF Leadership Summit” room block.

What Summit Attendees Are Saying

“High-level, strategic thinking approach to all the sessions. It wasn’t the normal ‘how to implement xyz,’
but more ‘how do we transform our industry for the better.’ This was exciting!”

“The configuration, with a great mix of partners and nonprofits, brought together in a small group setting was amazing for networking and group discussion.”

“The small size gave you a great ability to network and have great 1:1 conversations.”

“Great people. New ideas. Thoughtfully executed.”

“Best Leadership Summit I have attended.”

Leadership Steering Committee 

Hannibal Brumskine II, The Executive Leadership Council | Nick Ellinger, Moore | Kelly England, Multiply Strategies | Steve Froehlich, ALSAC – St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital | Jennifer Ingram, Wiland | Alicia Lifrak, Pursuant | Linda Platt, Nonprofit Executive | Allison Porter, Avalon Consulting Group | Kyla Shawyer, Philanthropy & Fundraising North America | John Thompson, TrueSense Marketing | Debbie Weir, Nonprofit Executive

Platinum Sponsors

Logo For TruSense.
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Gold Sponsors

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Logo For Moore.
Updated Logo For Production Solutions.

Silver Sponsors

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Logo For Path 2 Response.
Logo For ROI Solutions.
Logo For The PMG Family.
Logo For Wiland.

Bronze Sponsors

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Synergy Direct Marketing Solutions

Code of Conduct: 

The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) exists to foster the development and growth of nonprofit organizations and to protect the donors, members, partners, and volunteers that support them.  At all educational offerings and conferences, we commit to fostering an environment free from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or intimidation of any form. All individuals must exhibit professionalism, must demonstrate respect for others, must act with civility, and must refrain from inappropriate and unwelcomed physical contact, sexual references, and aggressive advances.

Anyone who experiences or witnesses a violation to these standards, should immediately contact TNPA CEO Shannon McCracken.  Anyone found in violation of the TNPA Code of Conduct by any means may receive a warning, have membership suspended, registration forfeited, or experience escalation to legal authorities.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds will be available to cancellations emailed to The Nonprofit Alliance 30 business days or more prior to the start of the event minus a $50.00 processing fee.

No refunds will be issued 29 days before the first day of the event.

Registrants failing to attend the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Substitution of registration is permitted up until two weeks before the event with written consent. Any substitution must be of the same type (Member for Member, Nonprofit for Nonprofit, Commercial for Commercial). The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations.

If the event is canceled by The Nonprofit Alliance for any reason, registrants will receive a full refund for registration fees, or said registration fees can be credited to a future program.  However, The Nonprofit Alliance cannot and does not assume responsibility for any other expenses, including the purchase of airline tickets, incurred by the registrant in connection with attending the event. 

Hotel reservations will need to be cancelled directly through the Hotel unless otherwise communicated.

All applicable refunds will be issued following the close of the event. A refund will be returned in the original purchase format. If paying with a credit card, a refund will take an additional 10 business days to post to your account.

Site Selection Policy:

The Nonprofit Alliance and The Nonprofit Alliance Foundation (collectively, TNPA) are committed to fostering effective networking, professional development, and advocacy among its members through conferences and other events. To view our site selection policy click here.

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