United Way Western Regional Conference - United Ways of California

Join United Way leaders at the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference to be held at the M Resort Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nevada from August 6-9, 2024.

The United Way Western Regional Conference is designed to provide valuable learning and networking opportunities for United Way leaders. Participants can expect engaging sessions covering a spectrum of topics including organizational development, fundraising, equity, community impact, resource development, marketing, 211 and more. We extend a warm welcome to all United Way board members, executives, staff members, volunteers, and partners from across the country.

Early bird registration for the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference will expire on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm PST. Rates will automatically increase to $675 after the early bird deadline.

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United Ways of California is glad to announce that we have received a grant from United Way Worldwide to provide scholarships for local United Ways to attend the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference. This grant is being made available given the expiration of the United Way flex credit program on December 31, 2023. We are most grateful to United Way Worldwide for making these funds available. After consulting with our conference co-chairs and planning committee, we are pleased to announce the following scholarship outlined below. You may apply your discount code a the end of the checkout process.

United Way AudienceRegistration Discount Through April 13, 2024Marginal Registration Price after Discount (before processing fees)Discount Code
Local United Ways with a 2022 Current Year Support (total revenue) less than $3,000,00050%$300.00UWWR50
Local United Ways with a 2022 Current Year Support (total revenue) between $3,000,001 and $7,000,00030%$420.00UWWR30
Local United Ways with a 2022 Current Year Support (total revenue) greater than $7,000,00115%$510.00UWWR15
A full registration scholarship for 20 Young United Way Leaders of Color100%$0.00Scholarship applications closed on April 12. Recipients will be notified by April 30.

Before applying discount codes to your registration, please note the following:

  • Discounts for local United Ways are limited to four per local United Way, and scholarship registrations may not be canceled or refunded consistent with our cancellation policy. If you receive a scholarship and are unable to attend, you may send another staff or board member from your organization in your stead, and submit that request to events@unitedwaysca.org by Friday, July 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST.
  • If you are unaware of your local United Way’s 2022 Current Year Support (total revenue), you may consult your local leadership on what they reported to United Way Worldwide in the annual DB2 survey, visit PerformanceLink on United Way Online, or write to events@unitedwaysca.org. United Ways of California will randomly verify Current Year Support figures as discount coupons are applied. Any misuse of registration discounts may result in the cancellation of your registration.
  • No discounts are eligible for hotel costs, transportation or per diem expenses. The scholarship program is exclusive to registration only.
  • Scholarship opportunities for local United Ways are available on a first come, first serve basis until scholarship funds are depleted. United Ways of California will monitor the utilization of the scholarship program and reserves the right to make changes in the best interest of the United Way network.
  • By applying a discount code, local United Ways technically receive two discounts to participate in the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference. The early bird registration discount of $75 is effective through July 15, 2024, and the scholarship discount is effective until funds are depleted.

Click here to book your hotel room(s) at the M Resort Spa Casino at the outstanding rate of $149 per night before taxes and resort fees. The hotel booking link will automatically expire on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm PST. Normal seasonal rates will apply after the deadline. Please make sure to register for the conference in addition to booking your hotel room(s), and note that hotel room availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

We are glad to share that complimentary shuttle service is available to and from Harry Reid International Airport, approximately 20 minutes away. Click here to book a shuttle reservation but note reservations are subject to availability and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Should any issues arise with your shuttle reservation, please call the M Resort bell desk at (702) 797-1000. Lyft and Uber services are also available.

We are glad to welcome the following co-chairs who will help shape the vision of the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference.

Kelly O’Lague
President & CEO
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (Portland, OR)

Mari-Perez Dowling
President & CEO
United Way of Eastern Central California

Dona Ponepinto
President & CEO
United Way of Pierce County (WA)

Rodney Prunty
President & CEO
United Way of North Central New Mexico

The following is a preliminary schedule for the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference, and is subject to change. Keynote speakers and other plenary content will be updated as they are confirmed. A final agenda will be posted in late May 2024.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
United Way Worldwide Pre-Conference Sessions1:00 pm2:15 pmMarche 1
United Way Worldwide Pre-Conference Sessions2:30 pm3:45 pmMarche 1
United Ways of the Pacific Northwest State Association Meeting1:00 pm4:00 pmMarche 2 and 3
Welcome Reception5:00 pm7:00 pmVUE Room
Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Buffet Breakfast8:15 am9:00 amMilan Ballroom
Welcome Remarks by Conference Co-chairs9:00 am9:15 amMilan Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Angela Williams (United Way Worldwide)9:15 am10:30 amMilan Ballroom
Morning Break10:30 am10:45 am
Learning Sessions10:45 am12:00 pmMarche & Modena
Buffet Lunch12:00 pm1:00 pmMilan Ballroom
Plenary Conversation: Thriving United Way1:00 pm2:15 pmMilan Ballroom
Afternoon Break2:15 pm2:30 pm
Learning Sessions2:30 pm3:45 pmMarche & Modena
Afternoon Break3:45 pm4:00 pm
Learning Sessions4:00 pm5:15 pmMarche & Modena
Live Musical Performance: Mari-Perez Dowling6:00 pm6:20 pmMilan Ballroom
Film screening: Uncharitable6:30 pm8:00 pmMilan Ballroom
Thursday, August 8, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Buffet Breakfast8:15 am9:00 amMilan Ballroom
Keynote Speaker9:00 am10:00 amMilan Ballroom
Panel Conversation: Adopting the United Way Equity Framework10:00 am11:15 amMilan Ballroom
Morning Break11:15 am11:30 am
Learning Sessions11:30 am12:45 pmMarche & Modena
Plated Lunch12:45 pm1:45 pmMilan Ballroom
Plenary Conversation: Strengthening and Retaining our United Way Talent1:45 pm2:45 pmMilan Ballroom
Community Service Activity2:45 pm3:30 pmMilan Ballroom
Afternoon Break3:30 pm3:45 pm
Learning Sessions3:45 pm5:00 pmMarche & Modena
Friday, August 9, 2024
Agenda ItemStart TimeEnd TimeLocation
Continental Breakfast8:15 am9:00 amMilan Ballroom
Keynote Speaker9:00 am10:00 amMilan Ballroom
Book Signing10:00 am10:45 amMilan Ballroom
Learning Sessions10:30 am11:45 amMarche & Modena
Final Remarks and Raffle Prizes12:00 pm12:30 pmMilan Ballroom

A learning session is a breakout session that will last 75 minutes in one of six breakout rooms we have reserved for the conference. There will be 30 learning sessions offered, and all sessions must focus on our common United Way work around community impact, resource development, equity, professional development, disaster preparedness, 211 adoption and more. In 2022, we received over 80 applications so this will be a highly competitive process, and final selections will be made by our planning committee.

Click here to submit an application for a learning session. The deadline to submit a learning session application is Friday, May 10, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST. No changes may be made after your application is submitted. Unfortunately, United Ways of California will not be able to offer any honorariums or speaker registration discounts for the 2024 United Way Western Regional, and no priorities will be given for hotel bookings. Hotel availability is on a first come, first serve basis for all registrants.

Our national planning committee will announce the final selection of learning sessions and their respective date and time slots by Friday, May 24, 2024. We kindly ask that before submitting an application that you verify final session language with any co-presenters (including spelling and grammar), confirm co-presenters’ availability to fully participate, and collect all speaker information including profile photos.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2024 United Way Western Regional conference as a sponsor! Click here to learn about available sponsorship opportunities and packages. Please note all sponsorships must be submitted by Friday, June 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST. This will greatly help us produce final collateral, including the production of a sponsorship wall, ahead of the conference.

We are glad to welcome the following sponsors:

WiFi Sponsor

Exhibitor Sponsors

Who is organizing the United Way Western Regional Conference?

The United Way Western Regional is being organized by United Ways of California and United Ways of the Pacific Northwest, the two United Way state associations in the West Coast. We have formed a national planning committee with United Way leaders and partners to help shape the vision of the conference. If you are interested in joining our planning committee, please contact events@unitedwaysca.org.

How was Las Vegas selected for the United Way Western Regional?

United Ways of California, in consultation with United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and our past conference co-chairs, conducted extensive market research in metropolitan areas throughout the West Coast to identify affordable event venues and convenient transportation options to and from a nearby airport. Some general goals are to identify room rates less than $200/night, locate an adequate event venue that is less than 20 minutes away from a major metropolitan airport, and mitigate the number of airline layovers for United Ways and partners traveling throughout the country. After receiving quotes from various venues, we concluded the M Resort Hotel Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nevada was the most ideal option to host the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference. Our past relationship with the M Resort, including their excellent customer service, and their ability to accommodate all of our conference needs were also determining factors.

What is the cancellation policy?

All registrations for the United Way Western Regional Conference are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend the conference, you may send another representative from your organization in your stead so long as the request is submitted by Friday, July 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST. No replacement requests will be honored after that deadline. For further questions regarding your registration or cancellation request, please contact events@unitedwaysca.org or call 877.355.8922 x2.

Are United Way flex credits available?

In November 2023, United Way Worldwide announced that the United Way flex credit program will expire on December 31, 2023, and be replaced with a network investment in enriched and relevant curriculum that is accessible and affordable to all United Ways across the network. This means that current outstanding flex credit balances will no longer be eligible to be redeemed by United Way Worldwide for regional conferences or other United Way supported events.

United Ways of California deeply understands what the loss of flex credits means to our network, but thanks to a grant by United Way Worldwide, we are glad to offer a scholarship program that offers significant registration discounts to local United Ways who wish to participate in the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference. Please find information about the scholarship program below our registration section.

How often is the United Way Western Regional Conference?

The United Way Western Regional Conference takes place every two years, and we do our utmost not to schedule it the same year as a national United Way Conference.

What is the attire for the United Way Western Regional?

The attire for the conference is business casual. United Way branded attire is strongly encouraged!

For additional inquires about the 2024 United Way Western Regional Conference, please contact events@unitedwaysca.org.

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