2015 RFP


SNAP Annual Conference 2015
Request for Proposals

SNAP invites you to submit a proposal for the 2015 Annual Conference, which will be held July 31-August 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. The SNAP Annual Conference offers innovative and timely informational programs presented by knowledgeable speakers. These programs cover an array of topics to meet the broad needs of the diverse membership of SNAP. This is your opportunity to share your expertise and tap your creativity by developing an original program for presentation at the conference. SNAP is accepting proposals for plenary speakers and breakout sessions.

What is SNAP?
SNAP is an independent, confidential network of survivors of religious sexual violence and their supporters who work to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded, and prevent the abuse. We expose predators and those who shield them. We build policies and practices within secular and religious organizations that protect children now and in the future. We share our stories and empower others to confront the truth. Together, we find healthy mechanisms for healing. We educate ourselves and our communities about the effects of abuse. We speak in a unified voice to bring about change by exposing the malignant actions of abusive religious ministers and the church officials who shield them. For over 25 years, SNAP has led the movement to expose the truth.

About SNAP Conference Attendees

SNAP members are well-informed about historical and contemporary topics surrounding sexual abuse in institutional settings.  SNAP Annual Conference attendees are men and women ranging in age from 18-90. SNAP members are ethnically and religiously diverse and possess various levels of education.

SNAP members appreciate challenging topics and are noted for their high expectations. Like all adult learners, SNAP members are eager to interact with those presenting information and especially appreciate educational programs that offer concrete ideas that can be adapted for and implemented in their local endeavors.

Breadth and Range of Topics Sought
SNAP seeks a broad range of topical presentations for its annual conference. Past speakers have included:

  • Survivors
  • Community Organizers
  • Legal Professionals
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Journalists
  • Clergy
  • Whistleblowers

Appropriate speaker topic areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Politics of the church regarding abuse
  • Judicial practices
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Violence Prevention
  • Global Perspectives

Appropriate breakout session topic areas include (but are not limited to):

  • Health & Healing
  • Legal issues
  • Writing workshops
  • Supporting specific groups i.e. men, women, adults, family support etc.
  • Accountability
  • Working with/responding to media
  • Leadership

Proposal Selection Criteria
Each proposal will be reviewed by the Annual Conference Planning Committee. The committee will review proposals based on:

  • Extent to which the proposal targets and is relevant to SNAP members and supporters
  • Experience/expertise of presenters/speakers
  • Definition and focus of the topic
  • Practical application of material
  • Timeliness and importance of topic
  • Overall program quality

Proposals should illustrate that the speakers will make every effort to present a balanced point of view in each program.

In addition each program proposal should:

  • Demonstrate innovative thinking;
  • Present ideas, best practices, and/or relevant research for the purpose of educating and empowering attendees;
  • Present strategies for effective implementation of information learned once attendees are back at their offices;
  • Include presenters who have significant expertise in the topic area and can speak successfully in front of large groups.

The proposal form will ask you for a program description, learning objectives, and instructional methods. In providing this information, please provide enough detail so the planning committee can understand how the session will be structured and what key issues will be covered.

Ideally, proposals should reflect content targeted for SNAP conference attendees. Proposals that appear to be an existing program for a different audience are evaluated less favorably.

Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Requirements for Speakers 

  • All speakers must commit to the presentation of a program at designated times during the conference, from July 31-August 2 in Washington, DC.
  • Conference speaker sessions vary from 20-40 minutes. Breakout sessions are 50 minutes.
  • Speakers should grant permission for hard copy and online distribution of supplemental resource materials.
  • Speakers should grant release of photos and video recorded at the conference.
  • If you wish to distribute copyrighted information in your supplemental resource materials, it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary permission. Such materials will be distributed only if they are submitted with the publisher’s written permission attached.

Member Speakers
Each year dozens of SNAP members serve as volunteer speakers — the conference wouldn’t be the same without these members willing to share their expertise with their peers! Please note that member and affiliate member speakers are responsible for covering their own conference registration and travel expenses.

Non-member Speakers — Travel Support
Limited travel funds are available for non-member speakers. In consideration of our not-for-profit status, we encourage speakers to support some or all of their travel. Please note that if this field is left blank, we will assume that there are zero requests for travel support, and will plan and budget accordingly.

Important Dates

  • Feb 28, 2015 — proposals due
  • March 31, 2015 — all applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals
  • July 31-August, 2015 — Annual Education Conference in Chicago, Illinois

Your Next Steps: Submitting a Proposal

Answer all questions on the RFP. Please adhere to the limits requested. 

Submit your proposals by mail to PO Box 6416 Chicago IL 60680 or email them to rfp@snapnetwork.org. Or complete our easy to use online form. Please feel free to call 312-455-1499 with any questions.

PDF version of the form       Online version of the Form

If you are new to SNAP and this conference, you may want to see which sessions were ultimately accepted and/or created for the 2014 conference:  2014 SNAP Annual Conference conference schedulespeaker biosand breakout sessions

Note: You are welcome to submit more than one proposal.