Join us for Spectrum 2016: ‘Building Success’

St. Louis’s premier nonprofit conference featuring programs by top
professionals on all facets of nonprofit communications, leadership and development

Save the Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

For sponsors: Spectrum sponsor contract

Speaker Request for Proposals: The application period has ended. Thank you to all who applied!
Check back in late 2016 to apply for Spectrum 2017.

Request for Proposals 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
9801 Natural Bridge Rd,
St Louis, MO 63134

The Community Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC) seeks proposals for 50- minute presentations in various areas of nonprofit communications, marketing, development and management for its annual Spectrum Conference.

Spectrum is the only one-day conference in the region designed to meet the needs of the nonprofit community. Thousands of nonprofit professionals have attended this annual conference during its 44-year history. CSPRC members and conference attendees serve health and human service organizations, environmental agencies, arts and cultural institutions, foundations and educational institutions. The audience for the conference includes professionals in nonprofit marketing/communications/public relations, fundraising, volunteer and program management, executive directors and board members.

Program Tracks/Audiences

Four program tracks are offered: Leadership, Development, Marketing/Communications and “New To.” There are four 50-minute sessions in each track. Attendees can attend all four sessions in the same track or choose one or more sessions in other tracks. Presentations should be tailored to one or more of the tracks. Topics range from developing leadership skills to transitioning to new technological strategies.

Previous Spectrum program descriptions are available by clicking here.

Presenters representing companies providing services for a fee to nonprofit organizations are welcomed if the presentation topic provides overall educational value to our members. For-profit presenters will be permitted to bring promotional information. However, presenting sales pitches, product or service pricing and other promotional material is prohibited during the session. (Sponsorship opportunities are available to presenters.) Presenters are welcome to interact with participants after their session and throughout the conference.

Compensation for presenting is not offered. Presenters can attend all other sessions, including the lunch program, at no charge. Presenters are encouraged to provide their presentations and/or handouts at the end of the conference.

Proposal Submission

Please submit proposals either:

If you do not receive an email confirmation upon submission, please call Ann at 314-498-2232. 

Proposals will be evaluated by Spectrum Conference committee members and judged on relevance to current nonprofit challenges, quality of proposal, alignment and/or overlap with other conference sessions, and value to participants.

Because of the limited number of sessions and potential for duplication, not all proposals may be accepted. The committee may request changes in presentations if proposals are redundant or if a related subject area would add to the overall quality of the conference.

Conference logistics, instructions for submitting handouts, and a speaker agreement will be forwarded upon acceptance of the proposals.


Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 ... Professional Development Program Proposals due.
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 ... Notification of selections and speaker agreements sent.
May 2, 2016 ... Handouts due to CSPRC.
May 10, 2016 ... Conference date.