The Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy convenes and connects members of the academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities to stimulate thinking on current issues, share research and best practices, and promote increased dialogue and collaboration.

Past Events




  • Reflections on PhilanthropyHow Washington State Nonprofits Are Adapting took place on November 28. Two of NBEC's research reports, Nonprofits in Washington and Nimble Nonprofits, inspired engaging discussion of the role of donors in the "new normal" of the nonprofit sector.
  • Stay Exempt: A One-Day Workshop on the Basics of Tax Exempt Status with Washington Nonprofits and the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. Wednesday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration includes workshop materials, luncheon featuring a presentation of NBEC's latest research reports, and networking opportunities. (Repeated in Spokane, WA, on September 14.)
  • Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders—The Intersection of Technology, Innovation, and Philanthropy, May 4, 9:30–11:00 a.m. Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen presented ideas from her book, Giving 2.0.
  • Washington Nonprofits held a Nonprofit Support Organizations Convening on March 20 at 10:00 a.m., during which nonprofit leaders explored new ways to collaborate.
  • Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders—Widespread Empathy: Five Steps to Achieving Greater Impact in Philanthropy, March 23, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Udaya Patnaik, founder and principal at Jump Associates, and Heather Peeler, vice president of programs at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
  • A video is now available from our Reflections on Philanthropy discussion with Kelly Brown, director of the D5 coalition. Brown spoke of the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.


  • Board members from around the state engaged in a critical thinking Governance Symposium designed to provide new perspectives and to stimulate new thinking about leadership in the nonprofit sector. The symposium, presented by Washington Nonprofits, featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Cathy Trower of Harvard University. November 4, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.. 
  • The 17th Annual Washington State Nonprofit Conference featured keynote speaker Shirley Sagawa, co-author of The Charismatic Organization
  • Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders, featuring our Resilient Nonprofits research report and comments on the report and its implications from local funders and nonprofits.  April 26, 12:00–1:30 p.m.


  • “Small Change: Why Business Won’t Change the World,” featuring Michael Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. Sponsored by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Social Justice Fund, and the Nancy Bell Evans Center. November 1, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
  • Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders, featuring Diana Scearce, senior consultant with the Monitor Institute, on “Social Change with a Network Mindset.” August 4, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • 16th Annual Washington State Nonprofit Conference, April 29, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders, featuring Carol Lewis, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, presenting “Trends in Northwest Giving.” April 22, 9:00–10:15 a.m. Download the report and watch Carol’s presentation.
  • 7th Annual West Coast Data Conference, April 23–24
  • Foundation Panel, organized by the Evans School Nonprofit Network Student Group. February 2, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
  • Reflections on Philanthropy with Today’s Leaders: Melinda Tuan speaking on foundation strategy development. January 28, 9:00–10:15 a.m.  Watch Melinda’s presentation online and download her presentation (132 KB PDF).
  • “Justice Beyond Compliance,” presented by MIT Professor Richard Locke. January 28, 12:00–1:30 p.m.


  • 10th Annual Washington State Governance Conference, October 30, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • David B. Smith speaks on “Sustaining Impact: Measuring our Civic Return on Investment.” October 28, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
  • Book Signing with authors of Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership. October 7, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • Washington State Constellation Meeting, August 14, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Evans School Research Seminar Series Presents Mark Warren, May 1
  • Reflections on Philanthropy with Today’s Leaders: Kristin Lindsey, April 21
  • Washington State Nonprofit Conference, April 2
  • Workshop for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, March 26
  • Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders: Emmett D. Carson, March 11
  • Josh Bernoff on Social Technologies, February 26
  • Nonprofit Founders Panel, February 23
  • UW Career Discovery Event: Careers in the Nonprofit Sector, January 28


  • Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders: David Domke, December 3
  • Working Families at Risk: The New Economic Insecurity, September 10
  • Constellation Meeting, August 25
  • Nancy Bell Evans Professorship Reception, June 5
  • Foundations in American Regions, June 6
  • The Future of Organized Philanthropy, May 16