bbcon 2020 is heading northwest for nonstop social good! An important part of what makes this conference great is our amazing lineup of speakers and presenters! If you’re a thought leader, industry expert, tech guru, Blackbaud solution user, or a social good enthusiast, then submit a proposal to be a speaker at bbcon 2020 in Seattle on October 6–8, 2020.  

Be sure to review the submission guidelines prior to submitting your proposal. 

The deadline for submitting proposals closed on March 27, 2020


Showcase your expertise, inspire thousands of industry professionals by sharing your success story, and experience endless opportunities to network with a diverse community of your peers. Below are areas of interest to consider when drafting your proposal.
  • Analytics
  • Arts and Cultural
  • Companies
  • Faith Communities
  • Financial Management
  • Focus on Tech
  • Foundations
  • Fundraising and Relationship Management
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Schools
  • Marketing and Engagement
  • Nonprofits
  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
  • Sector Leadership and Trends

Blackbaud will review and evaluate each session proposal using the following criteria: 

  • Overall quality of content
  • Relevance to conference audience  
  • Timeliness  
  • Practical application 

Each Conference session will be 45 or 60 minutes long. Please keep these lively and engaging, and PowerPoints should be easy to follow. 

Due to the significant number of submissions we receive each year, not every submission can be selected. Strong speaker submissions will include:  

  • Engaging, inspiring, and fun delivery  
  • Clear focus on attendees of a specific role  
  • Understanding of who would benefit the most from your presentation  
  • Clearly articulated proficiency level so attendees can easily digest your presentation  
  • Unique or non-obvious application of technology/solutions  
  • Actionable takeaways for attendees. What is the tangible impact of your talk on attendees and their teams?

All presenters are expected to register for the conference.  

  • bbcon speakers will receive a full conference registration pass for a discounted rate of $400*.   

  • Current Blackbaud Partners who submit a session to speak at bbcon 2020 must be a sponsor of bbcon 2020. 

Want to attend bbcon at no cost? There are two options:  

  • Apply for a bbcon scholarship! Limited number available for nonprofit organizations. Scholarship applications open in March, 2020.  

  • Attend for your session only: Speakers coming in to present their session only and not participate in the full conference will receive complimentary registration. Please let us know by sending email to and we will send you a special registration code. 

*If you are a consultant, no more than one person from your company will receive the discounted registration rate for speaking.  

Benefits of being a speaker at bbcon 2020: 

  • Admission to:  

    • Keynote and mainstage sessions 

    • Breakout sessions 

    • Innovation Showcase Expo 

    • The Celebration event featuring special musical entertainment 

  • Discounted registration (more than 50% off the regular conference price!)* 

  • Valuable speaker exposure on the event website and marketing materials   

  • Gain opportunities to enhance your professional development portfolio with a session survey, including session ratings and attendee feedback  

  • Experience endless networking opportunities with hundreds of industry leaders 

  • Access to conference meals  

*Exclusions may apply for partner requirements. 


Tips and Tricks on how to Write an Awesome bbcon Session Proposal

Caroline Stallings, Director of Corporate Communications at Blackbaud and a member of the bbcon content review team shares her tips and tricks on writing an awesome session proposal.

"I love this part of my job. I truly look forward to reviewing session proposals because this content becomes the foundation of the experience at bbcon 2020. If you want to cut through all the noise, here are a few tips to keep in mind when crafting your session proposal."


January 27–March 27, 2020

The submission period for speaker proposals will begin on January 27 and end on March 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

March 27–July 31, 2020

All submitted proposals will be reviewed and evaluated between March 27July 31.

May–August 2020

The bbcon content committee reviews all bbcon breakout session proposals and the first round of acceptance emails will go out in May with subsequent acceptance emails following through until the beginning of August. Everyone will be notified of their session’s status by no later than August 2020. If you have questions about the status of your session, please email

If your breakout session proposal is accepted, make sure to sign up for a dry run between August 17–28. More information will be communicated to you via email, once you have been notified of your session's acceptance.

All final session PowerPoint presentations are due by August 28, 2020.

bbcon is October 6–8 so don’t forget to book your travel to Seattle, WA!


By submitting a proposal to speak at bbcon, you agree to the parameters of speaking at the conference. Please view the full speaker terms and agreement below.

Call for speakers ends March 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET. 

Please note: All submissions are subject to edits or changes as deemed appropriate by conference organizers. 

For questions about bbcon 2020 Call for Speakers, please contact