Welcome to the new Nonprofit Day, now the Keystone Nonprofit Conference.

The Nonprofit Partnership's 20th annual conference will take place on October 25 and 26, 2021, both online and in person at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA.

This year will be the 20th celebration of our annual conference. When Nonprofit Day was started, it was a small collection of local nonprofit professionals meeting for a few hours of learning. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our annual conference, we want the event to truly reflect how it has evolved and what it represents. The pandemic took the conference away from us in 2020 but in 2019 the day had expanded to include 444 attendees, 28 sessions, 48 exhibitors and sponsors, and much more. It has become the premiere regional conference for nonprofit learning, networking and growth.

As it continues to grow, we wanted a name that truly reflected its impact on the sector.

Keystone is the nickname of Pennsylvania where the conference occurs and from where many of our attendees hail. More importantly, the definition of keystone is “the central principle or part of a policy, system, etc., on which all else depends” or more literally “a central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together.” That is the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofits hold our communities together. The nonprofit sector is the sector within our American system on which all else depends. Without it, our social safety net no longer exists. Without the sector, things like education, the arts, environmental stewardship, and so many other vital things cannot survive much less thrive. 

The Keystone Nonprofit Conference is our new name and is a reflection of what our nonprofit sector means to our community. Check out the agenda here and join us!

Rhea Wong

Rhea Wong will join us for the Morning Keynote Address on Tuesday, October 26th.

Rhea is a Nonprofit Consultant and Founder of Rhea Wong Consulting. Her talk will focus on: Adjusting Your Money Mindset and Embracing Abundance. Don't miss out this opportunity to start your KeyCon morning off right!

Dr. Tyrone M. Freeman

Dr. Tyrone M. Freeman will join us for the Luncheon Keynote Address on Tuesday, October 26th. 

Dr. Freeman is the author of Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow - his talk will focus on this iconic businesswoman's life of generosity and inspiration. Lunch paired with learning is on the menu!

Limited scholarships are available for the Keystone Nonprofit Conference. 

  • The scholarship will only apply to the Tuesday, October 26th ticket option
  • Scholarships are only available for members of The Nonprofit Partnership within the first level of membership (Annual Operating Budget Below $250,000)
  • The scholarship application must be completed entirely to be considered
  • Scholarships cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets
  • The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, October 15th
  • Scholarship decisions will be delivered to applicants by Monday, October 18th

Joining us in-person? We'll convene at the Bayfront Convention Center on 10/25 + 10/26!

Great hotel options include:

The Courtyard Erie Bayfront is located at 2 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507. Click here for more information about this hotel.

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is located at 55 West Bay Drive, Erie, PA 16507. Click here for more information about this hotel.

We intend to follow the most up to date COVID-19 precautions (or whatever else may be thrown at us!) for our in-person components of the Keystone Nonprofit Conference. We will continue to monitor the guidance from local health authorities.


Please visit this page, sign up for email updates, or contact us for updates.

The Keystone Nonprofit Conference is a hybrid event for 2021. "What is a hybrid event?" you ask? 


Our second day of KeyCon, Tuesday, October 26th, will take place both online and in-person. In-person attendees will join speakers in real life and will also have the opportunity to network with attendees, sponsors and exhibitors. Our virtual attendees will be able to join breakout sessions as they happen live. Choose which experience fits your learning preference and comfort level!