Register for a Day of Impact!: October 22

Making a positive impact on individuals and society is why most of us are in the nonprofit world. This year, attendees will be inspired by powerful innovators like Paul Shoemaker, Sonya Campion, Susan Howlett and more!  Attendees will also learn how  to ‘harness' impact, wield it within an organization or with clients, demonstrate it in applications, and gaining clarity on how major funders define it. We’ve tailored several sessions for longtime pros, and continue to have a great track for “beginners.”  As 2015 is PSGA’s 25th Anniversary, we’ll celebrate the ways in which our organization and members have created impact in our region.

Check out our amazing lineup of sessions and speakers, including our Keynote address by Paul Shoemaker, Social Venture Partners and Author.


If you’re out to change the world, Paul Shoemaker is there to connect you to the people, ideas, and organizations that matter. Paul is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI) and was the Executive Connector of SVP Seattle for 17 years. With insights from this unique vantage point, he is the Northwest’s leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists. 

Paul is the author of Can’t Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive that Changes Our World. Grammatically 
incorrect? Can't Not Do is a catchphrase for the urge that captures the heart of effective social change agents. It is an inspiring guide to accelerate your IMPACT for social change.

Find out more about the location and logistical information

Also, NEW for 2015:

  • Pecha Kucha presentations start the day.
  • Lunch offers time for networking, including breakout for experienced grantwriters.
  • Funders Panel is earlier in the day; we'll end with a lively debate, "The Final Word."
  • We're moving to "The Conference Center" (still in the WA State Convention Center complex in Seattle, but better spaces than our previous location).

Registration Fees

PSGA Members:
Early bird rate (on or before October 9): $125
Regular (after October 9): $145

Early bird rate (on or before October 9): $175
Regular (after October 9): $195

Register Now!

PSGA Grant Opportunity - Closed

Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2015 grant competition, but we hope you will join us at the conference to find out which proposal the Funders Panel selects and awards the $2,000 program or project grant. Among submissions, six finalists were chosen at random from all eligible applicants. These will be discussed and critiqued by a panel of experienced funders in front of a Conference audience, and the funds will be awarded on the spot! Registered attendees of the Conference will also have an opportunity to view the six finalists proposals in advance and select one they feel is strongest in the "Audience Choice Award" (recognition, but no cash).  To see the guidelines for this year's competition, please read this one-page call for proposals.

Scholarships - Closed

Conference scholarships are available so that the benefits of our programming are accessible to community members who do not have the resources to participate under normal circumstances. Scholarship recipients receive a discounted rate of $75 for the all-day Conference. Further information is on the Conference scholarship application, which we must receive (email or postal mail) by 5 pm October 2, 2015. Scholarship funds are limited, so submit this very simple application as soon as possible!

If you are interested in an annual membership scholarship, please visit the scholarship page.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors receive recognition at the event and in publications and electronic materials read by many of the region's development professionals. See full information.


Thank you to our Major Sponsor: GrantHub

Our Mission

The Puget Sound Grantwriters Association promotes responsible, effective grantseeking and fosters connections among grantseekers, non-profits and funders.

Benefits of Membership

  • Professional development and career advancement.
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues and funders.
  • Free admission to monthly meetings--in Seattle and Tacoma.
  • Priority registration and discounts for other PSGA events.
  • Presentations by grantmakers from every field and opportunities to meet them.
  • Annual conference featuring speakers, discussions, and exhibitors.
  • Funders Forums where you meet with grantmakers--in Seattle and Tacoma.
  • Specialized trainings (internet research, freelancing and more).
  • Access to the “Members Area” section of the website
    1.  Job listings/career opportunities
    2.  PSGA listserv
    3.  Member directory
    4.  Lunchtime Program Notes & Handouts

Find out more about member benefits and join PSGA. If you cannot afford to pay a membership fee, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship.  Scholarships are available for individual events as well.

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