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2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit Speaker

Frederick is honored to welcome Vu Le, nationally recognized blogger with his newest blog, NonprofitAF.

NonprofitAF candidly examines the joys and frustrations of the nonprofit sector, challenges established norms, and provokes discussions. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts. He is a writer, speaker, blogger, and former executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice. His talk will stretch your current thinking and bring a different perspective to nonprofit management and governance. Vu finds truth in jest and allows participants to laugh with him while learning.

2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit Schedule

Thursday, April 2, 2020



Breakfast Networking Reception

Location: NEW SPIRE STAGES 15 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Presented By: Maryland Nonprofits & Maryland Philanthropy Network

Kick off the day with a light breakfast and a chance to network with nonprofit and foundation leaders from across the region.


Vu Le Keynote

Location: Weinberg Center for The Arts 20 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Presented By: Ausherman Family Foundation and Delaplaine Foundation Inc.

Vu Le’s talk will stretch current practices in the nonprofit sector and explore how to move toward the future.


Lunch Break

Explore Downtown Frederick for a variety of lunch options! Enjoy lunch on your own or sign up for a dine around.

Afternoon Events for Frederick-Area Nonprofits & AFP Western MD Members Only*


Afternoon Panelist Session Facilitated By Vu Le*

Location: NEW SPIRE STAGES 15 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Vu Le will facilitate a diverse group of panelists and take a deeper dive into equity, governance, and leadership.

*Note: Open to Frederick-area nonprofits (Staff, Leadership, Board, Volunteers) and AFP Western MD Members only. Must purchase “All Day” ticket to attend.


Nonprofit Happy Hour Sponsored by Flying Dog

Location: NEW SPIRE STAGES 15 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

Wrap up the day with a happy hour inspired by Vu Le’s infamous “Get a BEER* and Undo Nonprofit Power Dynamics Day.” Enjoy local drinks, spirits, and light hor’doeuvres.

BEER stands for “Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships.” Learn more about the event here!

Open to all attendees and nonprofit organizations represented at the Summit. We want to celebrate and thank you for all of your hard work, even if you weren’t able to attend!

2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit Pricing



$ 35

Vu Le Keynote Only

  • Includes:
  • Breakfast Networking Reception
  • Vu Le Keynote
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$ 45

Vu Le Keynote + Afternoon Panel

  • Includes:
  • Breakfast Networking Reception
  • Vu Le Keynote
  • Afternoon Panel Facilitated by Vu Le
  • Nonprofit Happy Hour
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Group & Student Discounts Available!

2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit Location

New Spire Stages and The Weinberg Center are located in the heart of historic downtown Frederick, Maryland.


20 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701


15 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit Parking


There are 5 parking garages located throughout downtown Frederick. Weinberg Center patrons primarily use the Court Street parking garage. From Patrick Street, turn left onto Court Street to the parking garage on left. Use the ground-floor exit to reach the Weinberg Center.

Click here for a detailed parking map.


Limited metered parking available along adjacent streets.

2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit Lunch Dine Arounds

Stay tuned for information about dine arounds!

2020 Frederick Nonprofit Summit Travel Information

Bringing a group or joining us from out of town? Check out this TRAVEL PACKET with all of the information you’ll need for the day. From buses, to parking, to lunch plans, we have you covered!

If you have further questions, please reach out to JEN SPECHT. Our committee is happy to help!


Registration is Now Open

Questions or comments?

For questions about the Summit, please contact committee member, Jen Specht by email or call 301-620-4452.

For ticketing information, please direct all questions to the Weinberg Center for the Arts’ Box Office by emailing JEF CLIBER or call 301-600-2835.