Rules & Guidelines for a Successful Nonprofit Proposal

Thank you for considering submitting a proposal for Seattle GiveCamp. Please read the following set of rules and guidelines to create the best proposal possible.


  1. The submitting organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and be able to send representatives on-site during the event.
  2. The organization does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.
  3. A representative from the submitting organization must be available during the review period (August through September) for questions relating to, and answer questions regarding their proposal.
  4. The organization must be present for each day of the Seattle GiveCamp weekend. (Specific time requirements can be found on the nonprofit FAQ)
  5. The submitted proposal must be for a software solution.
  6. The proposal must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM on August 31, 2023.

Guidelines for a Successful Proposal

  1. The best proposals start with a great idea.
  2. Although we all want your proposal to result in something this is spectacular, ensure that the proposal is simple enough to be finished in one weekend.
  3. Successful proposals are well-thought-out, focused, and include enough detail to efficiently communicate your vision to the reviewers.
  4. Describe what you need the application to do and what problems you need to solve. Don’t include superfluous or redundant information. This isn’t a grant proposal.
  5. Answer all the questions in the application. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.
  6. Try not to wait until the last minute. Get your proposal in early, if at all possible.