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Designed by small nonprofit professionals, for small nonprofit professionals

April 24, 2024 (Virtual) and April 25, 2024 (Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library)


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Power from the People: Strengthening Our Sector

from the Ground Up

More than ever, it is critical to realize that people power the nonprofit sector. With demands for community services increasing while giving among individual donors and volunteers trend downward, many nonprofit leaders and staff continue to risk experiencing burnout.


That's why our theme for NSNS 2024 is "Power from the People." It is time to invest in the staff, donors, volunteers, board members, and supporters who sustain a nonprofit's operations. 


Our summit is 100% focused on actionable, realistic, and effective ideas around nonprofit management, fundraising, communications, and more — designed to fit the reality of small nonprofit organizations with lean budgets and nimble teams.


About the Summit

Every year, the National Small Nonprofit Summit offers affordable and accessible capacity building for small nonprofit staff across all areas of our sector—fundraising, communications, nonprofit management, and more.

This two-day virtual and in-person conference is focused on diving deeper into relevant topics and surfacing ideas, next steps, and takeaways that are effective for organizations with small teams or budgets.

In 2024, all sessions will also center our theme "Power from the People" about investing in the staff, donors, and community members who sustain the work of nonprofits.

What to Expect at NSNS

Over the course of two days there will be opportunities to hear from speakers, connect with other nonprofit professionals, and participate in hands-on workshops.


On April 24, join the Spur Local team, guest speakers, and your small nonprofit peers virtually for keynote sessions, panels, and peer-to-peer breakout sessions.


Then, on April 25, network and learn in-person at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001). On day two, you will also get to hear real world case studies and actionable tips from Spur Local's nonprofit partners during Lightning Talks.



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Development Director, Spur Local

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Executive Director, Spur Local

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Nonprofit Programs Director, Spur Local

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Communications & Marketing Manager, Spur Local

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Founder & CEO, Thread Strategies

Keynote Speaker

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For more than 25 years, Andrea has worked to advance racial and social justice for people across Washington state. As an immigrant to this country at the age of 12 and a single mother at 19, Andrea knows how it feels to be marginalized and struggling to make ends meet. Throughout her career, Andrea has translated her lived experience, coupled with her determination, to forge solutions to systemic barriers to opportunity.

Most recently, she served as CEO of Byrd Barr Place, a historically Black organization that empowers people to live healthy, prosperous lives through essential services and advocacy. During her 20-year tenure at Byrd Barr Place, Andrea was instrumental in turning the organization around from nearly closing its doors to thriving. Andrea is also one of four architects of the Black Future Co-op Fund, Washington’s first cooperative philanthropy created by and for Black people to ignite Black generational wealth, health, and well-being.

In addition, Andrea serves as a commissioner on the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs; on the boards of Craft3, Crescent Collaborative, and Lorna Jordan Foundation, a steering committee member of Equitable Recovery and Reconciliation Alliance, (ERRA), and the Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance. Andrea earned an MPA and a BA from The Evergreen State College.


Keesha Ceran, Teaching for Change

Nicole Hanrahan, LAYC Career Academy

Madeleine Odendahl, District Bridges

Maryam Trowell, Live It Learn It

Lightning Session Presenters

Lavontte Chatmon, Court Watch Montgomery

Bethany Henderson, Compass Pro Bono

Shelby Hubbard, DC Arts and Humanities Collaborative

Ashlee McKinnon, DC Arts and Humanities Collaborative

Lindsey Silverberg, Network for Victim Recovery of DC

Mariel Smith, Live It Learn It

Bridgette Stumpf, Network for Victim Recovery of DC

Anna Claire Walker, District Bridges

Elizabeth Winkelhoff, DC Arts and Humanities Collaborative

About Us

Spur Local

Spur Local (formerly the Catalogue for Philanthropy) is a small nonprofit based in the Greater Washington region.


Since 2003, we have been dedicated to raising awareness for, and capacity of, small and local nonprofits.


We have raised more than $55 million for our network of nearly 500 small, local nonprofit partners and trained over 25,000 nonprofit staff.

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