Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good will be in Yakima on April 7, 2020!

You work everyday to serve your community. You deliver on your mission while building partnerships and supporting your team. Let’s not forget the challenges of raising the funds to fuel your work. You need the chance to gather knowledge and tools to better achieve your mission. You deserve a day away from your desk to reflect and restore your energy. The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good brings together experts, colleagues from across the region, philanthropy, resource providers, and state agencies to ensure that you have what you need to succeed. It is produced by your nonprofit state association, Washington Nonprofits, working in partnership with the Central Washington Nonprofit Network. We look forward to seeing you on April 7!

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We are excited to bring to you a national leader on a topic designed to get us thinking about how we build our community.

The Science of What Makes People Care

with Ellen Nodine

The scientific evidence is piling up: people don’t act on information, they act on what they care most about. We’ve distilled six core principles from behavioral, cognitive and social science that you can apply to help people care more about your work. In this lively and hands-on session, you will learn to apply these rules to your own work and leave with a science-based framework for approaching new communications challenges.

Ellen Nodine helps organizations use science-driven strategic communications and storytelling to advance positive social change. She’s worked as a coach for numerous entities, including the United National High Commissioner for Refugees Innovation Service; scientists and program officers at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture; program directors and leaders of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; University of Florida scientists, program leaders and educators; and many foundation and nonprofit communicators. Ellen directs the University of Florida’s online master’s in public interest communications, the first of its kind in the nation. She serves as the lead organizer for the frank gathering, a three-day conference uniting a community of communication strategists, behavioral and social scientists, artists, funders, agencies, business leaders and advocates working to drive positive social change.

Ellen grew up in Venezuela and is a dual-citizen, calling Antigua and Barbuda her second home. Ellen speaks Spanish and spent her early career teaching K-12 in Colombia. She spent 20 years in the Caribbean, working in the community and co-founded a nonprofit K-12 school.


Learn what you need to know to succeed.

There is a lot you need to know to thrive as a nonprofit. That’s why we have invited local and state-known experts and practitioners to come and share knowledge, tools, and action steps to take you to the next level.



Connect with resources designed for strong nonprofits.

There are a lot of experts, organizations, agencies, and businesses who have your back. The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good is where you get the chance for “one stop resource gathering” as you get answers to your questions.



Experience the collaboration that makes it all happen.

This conference happens because a lot of partners and funders come together around one mission: strong nonprofits serving their communities. Led by Washington Nonprofits in close partnership with the Central Washington Nonprofit Network, this conference is where those working for the greater good come together to shape what’s next for our communities.




City U of Seattle

Conference sponsors believe in the power of nonprofits to make a difference in our communities. If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor, please learn more here. We warmly welcome your partnership.