Nonprofit Speakers: 13 Top Nonprofit Speakers | Positive Equation

13 Top Nonprofit Speakers To Book For Your Next Event

Are you planning an event and looking for a compelling nonprofit speaker to W-O-W your room? 

Inviting nonprofit speakers and world-changers who are striving to bring goodness into the world can be a highly effective way to inspire, inform and engage your audience. 

I came across the following stats and immediately went into “I must highlight ALL of my amazing colleagues to make this change.” 

  • Only 32% of speakers are women.
  • Only 25% of all technology keynote or stand-alone speakers are women (*Ensono 2018).

I’m privileged to know some of the most amazing female nonprofit speakers in the sector, too. So, in the spirit of Women’s History Month,  I gathered a list of some of the brightest and kindest women I know.

Here’s a list of motivational speakers for nonprofits and thought leaders who are movin’ and shakin’ up the nonprofit world. They’re inspiring organizations to think differently, think boldly, and take action!

(By the way, these nonprofit speakers are listed in no particular order!) 


Nonprofit Speaker #1: Cindy Wagman

President and Founder of The Good Partnership


A picture of Cindy Wagman, a female keynote speaker for nonprofits, sitting and looking straight into the camera.


Cindy operates a values-driven, social-justice informed consultancy. She works to unlock the potential of small nonprofits through fundraising. 

Cindy is the host of The Small Nonprofit podcast, Canada’s #1 podcast for charities. And she’s the author of Raise It! The Reluctant Fundraiser’s Guide to Raising Money Without Selling Your Soul


How Can Cindy Wagman Help Your Organization? 

She is known for speaking about the neuroscience behind the reluctance to fundraise. 

How to Get In Touch:





Nonprofit Speaker #2: Becky Endicott

Co-Founder, Chief Storyteller, We Are For Good and Co-Host, We Are For Good Podcast


A photo of Becky Endicott, co-founder of We Are for Good, sitting in front of the camera with her hands crossed over her knee.


Becky combines her enthusiasm for marketing and charitable causes speaking with organizations. She helps nonprofits reimagine how they engage their constituents and share their message with the world through online education and podcasts. 


How Can Becky Endicott Help Your Organization? 

Becky is recognized for speaking on topics such as 

  • ethical storytelling, 
  • developing a digital voice, 
  • empathy-based connecting frameworks, 
  • and developing a digital and global community


How to Get In Touch:



Instagram: @beckyforgood



Nonprofit Speaker #3: Martice Sutton 

Founder and Executive Director of Girls Going Global, Professional Speaker, and Social Impact Consultant


Martice Sutton, a nonprofit speaker, wears a yellow dress as she sits in front of the camera.


Martice is a growing social entrepreneur committed to women and girls empowerment, civic engagement, and economic development. She gives people the tools and strategies to lead, serve, and make their mark on the world.

How Can Martice Sutton Help Your Organization? 

She has over 6 years of experience in facilitating large workshops, informational sessions, and speaking at national conferences. 

She often speaks on signature topics including: 

  • Preventing burnout for Nonprofit employees, 
  • Leadership, 
  • Non-Profit/Social Enterprise growth, 
  • Global Awareness/Travel, 
  • and Women’s Empowerment.

How to Get In Touch:





Nonprofit Speaker #4: Rachel Bearbower

Chief Executive Officer, Shop Small Strategies


A nonprofit speaker, Rachel Bearbower, sits at a table and smiles for the camera.


Rachel speaks about how to create structure and systems, create a manageable plan, and how you can feel confident showing up each day to move your mission forward with passion and efficiency. 


How Can Rachel Bearbower Help Your Organization? 

She is known for working primarily with Executive Directors. She teaches: 

  • the systems needed in a nonprofit, 
  • how to build relationships 
  • and grow as a leader.

How to Get In Touch:



Instagram: @smallshopstrategies



Nonprofit Speaker #5: Sara Hoshooley

Founder of Charity Shift and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)


Sara Hoshooley, the founder of Charity Shift, sits in front of a red-orange background.


With a career in fundraising with over a decade of experience, Sara has helped organizations raise millions of dollars to further their missions. 


How Can Sara Hoshooley Help Your Organization? 

Sara speaks about her unique fundraising method that 

  • incorporates philanthropic psychology, 
  • donor experience design, 
  • donor engagement, 
  • stewardship strategies, 
  • and building monthly giving programs 


This unique fundraising method helps you collect more money for your cause.


How to Get In Touch:




Nonprofit Speaker #6: Danielle Gines

Founder, DG Consultancy


Danielle Gines, the founder of DG Consultancy, sits with her laptop on her lap as she creates content for nonprofits.


Danielle is a Curriculum Consultant who creates meaningful and engaging content for nonprofits and NGOs looking for a consultant with a background in higher education, volunteer training, and international experience. 

How Can Danielle Gines Help Your Organization? 

Danielle will work with you to help you with 

  • curriculum development, 
  • instructional design, 
  • and the right learning management system. 

She speaks about how you can build a strong curriculum that is rooted in your organization and mission.

How to Get In Touch:





Nonprofit Speaker #7: Veronica LaFemina

Founder and CEO, LaFemina & Co. 


Veronica LaFemina, the founder of LaFemina & Co., stands in front of a brick wall as she smiles in her photo.


Veronica has spent almost two decades assisting organizations, associations, and social good enterprises in improving how they conceive, plan, work, and evaluate impact. 


How Can Veronica LaFemina Help Your Organization? 

Veronica takes a fresh approach to nonprofit strategy! She educates companies on

  • how to activate strategy, 
  • create a culture and environment conducive to success, 
  • and produce breakthrough projects that increase mission impact and revenue while utilizing existing resources.


How to Get In Touch:





Nonprofit Speaker #8: Haley Cooper

Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)


A professional photo of Haley Cooper, a Certified Fundraising Executive.


Haley has a track record of raising millions of dollars for local charities. She is an experienced, passionate, and impact-driven fundraiser who strives to assist NGOs in achieving their purpose and vision. 


How Can Haley Cooper Help Your Organization? 

She speaks about how building emotionally connected teams can help organizations maximize their resources and achieve their mission.


How to Get In Touch:




Nonprofit Speaker #9: Mariah Monique

Founder of The Sponsorship Catalyst, LLC. 


Mariah Monique, one of the top nonprofit speakers, wears a bright green blazer as she poses for a photo.


Mariah has over 8 years of experience in building strategic partnerships for federal, county, and local government and nonprofit organizations. 


How Can Mariah Monique Help Your Organization? 

She speaks about all things corporate sponsorships, elevating brand reputation, curating collaborations, and driving impact. 

Mariah teaches nonprofit leaders the fundamentals of sponsorship. And she teaches how to 

  • position their missions’ value, 
  • package sponsorship opportunities, 
  • pitch their impact, 
  • and cultivate and manage a sponsoring relationship.


How to Get In Touch:


Instagram: @thesponsorshipcatalyst



Nonprofit Speaker #10: Lisa Tarshis

Vice President, Evolve Giving Group


Lisa Tarshis, the vice president of Evolve Giving Group, smiles as she stands in front of a brick background.


Lisa delivers a strategic vision and collaborative approach to each project with more than 10 years of nonprofit experience. She’s an experienced project manager and self-starter. She has experience building teams, increasing operational effectiveness, managing pipelines, and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders from senior staff to volunteers. 


How Can Lisa Tarshis Help Your Organization? 

Lisa speaks about 

  • building a successful board, 
  • the role of the board,
  • the board and professional partnership, 
  • and time management. 

How to Get In Touch:






Nonprofit Speaker #11: Dana Snyder

Founder and CEO, Positive Equation


Dana Snyder, one of the top female nonprofit speakers, grins for the camera in a professional branded photoshoot.

Dana is well-known for offering the tools and training to improve the online donor experience and increase donor engagement through digital marketing. 


How Can Dana Snyder Help Your Organization? 

Dana speaks about digital marketing strategies for nonprofits to increase their online presence and attract new donors. 

She is a resource and collaborator in helping NGOs use innovative digital marketing and technology to further their missions.


How to Get In Touch:



Instagram: @positiveequation



Nonprofit Speaker #12: Mallory Erickson

Founder of Power Partners Formula and Certified Executive Coach and Fundraising Consultant


Mallory Erickson sits at a desk with her laptop, a coffee mug, and a podcast microphone.


Mallory specializes in helping social impact fundraisers in incorporating life-changing scientific research and personal development frameworks into their work. 

By combining her fundraising knowledge with the best executive coaching methods, Mallory has guided over 160 fundraisers and organizations to boost their fundraising ability. 


How Can Mallory Erickson Help Your Organization? 

Mallory speaks about 

  • how to recognize both internal and external impediments to success, 
  • and how to overcome them through design principles.


How to Get In Touch:



Instagram: @_malloryerickson



Nonprofit Speaker #13: Kishshana Palmer

Speaker, Educator, Trainer, Coach, and Recovering Fundraiser

Kishshana Palmer


She’s the founder of The Rooted Collaborative, a female-led community for BIPOC female leaders, entrepreneurs, advocates, and artists who are reimagining giving and fundraising from our perspective.


How Can Kishshana Palmer Help Your Organization?

Kishshana Palmer is passionate in assisting professionals and organizations in 

  • increasing their capacity, 
  • raising funds, 
  • improving their leadership, 
  • and forming high-impact teams. 


How to Get In Touch:



Instagram: @kishshanapalmer


Dana Snyder, wearing a yellow blazer and pants, sits on a cream colored couch with a teal wall behind her.


Nonprofit speakers can step in and guide your organization through a number of tasks you’re responsible for. 

Whether you’re looking to improve team culture through a motivational speaker, or you need a thought leader who can help you with growing your nonprofit sustainably, nonprofit speakers can help you do it. 

And if you’re looking for one who can help you understand and develop your social media strategy, look no further! I’m more than happy to work with you and your organization to help you attract donors and inspire change. 

Ready to get your nonprofit breaking through the noise? Let’s get moving!


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