The 2023 Serving With A Purpose Conference.

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The 2023 Serving With A Purpose Conference.

2023 marks our 10th Anniversary and we are so excited for you to join us! We are now officially SOLD OUT! It's going to be great!

By Serving with a Purpose

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, May 23 · 8:30am - 4pm PDT


Ontario Convention Center 2000 East Convention Center Way Ontario, CA 91764

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Our theme for 2023 is: Built to Last

We are now SOLD OUT!

Libraries, Library Allies, and the Meaning of Life

The (mostly) women who started Friends of Libraries in 1922 weren't thinking about what their groups would be doing more than 100 years later. But Friends -- and now Trustees/Commissions and Foundations -- of Libraries have proven to be built to last: durable, community-based, crucial for libraries, and warm communities in and of themselves. We will be exploring together how we can continue the building and leading of our organizations to last another 100 years. What are the best practices, the behind-the scenes moves and how to's of sustaining enthusiasm and on point work?

Your registration will include a gourmet continental breakfast, catered sit-down lunch and conference materials.

Please consider supporting this conference by becoming a "Table Sponsor". By doing so, you are displaying that you value libraries and the people who advocate for them. Each year we try to keep registration prices as low as possible and your sponsorship assists us with this priority.  The price of the Table Sponsorship is $700 and includes 8 registrations, special acknowledgement in conference PR, agenda and program, 8 copies of our author’s newest novel, an exclusive afternoon treat and premium table placement in main conference area.  Please look for the special ticket during purchasing.

Keynote Speakers: 

Jan Masaoka is an unconventional and sharp observer of volunteerism, nonprofits, boards, and government-nonprofit partnerships. Expect her to surprise you, make you laugh, annoy you, and give you some things to quote as she gives us a view of our work and what she sees for us in the crystal ball. Jan is CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 nonprofits speaking to government, philanthropy, and the public at large. During her tenure, CalNonprofits has been a leader for nonprofits in government-nonprofit contract reform, in philanthropic reform, in regulation of online fundraising platforms, and in research.

Jan is a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. Her books include Best of the Board Café (Fieldstone), Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, co-author (Jossey Bass) and The Nonprofit's Guide to HR (Nolo Press). Jan founded and wrote Blue Avocado magazine, growing it to 64,000 subscribers, before leaving in late 2015.

Prior to CalNonprofits, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times. She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named California Community Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes having served as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiatives; she currently serves on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector.

Author: Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network”, “The Huntress,” “The Rose Code,” and “The Diamond Eye.” All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now split their time between San Diego and the PNW with their three rescue dogs. Her books will be available for purchase and signing.

Note: For those that need an invoice for their city, please request invoices as early as possible to allow time for your organization/city to process and send. Ticket price cut-off dates are firm.

Contact: Shawn Thrasher Email:

We accept credit cards and checks.  If mailing a check, after clicking on "tickets", look for the "promo code" box on the top left and enter mailingcheck (one word).   Be sure to click on "apply" after that. Then follow the prompts.

Make check payable to: Serving with a Purpose

Mail check to:

Corona Public Library    650 S. Main St   Corona  CA  92882  Att: Serving

Be sure to mail your check amount according to the fee schedule.  If check arrives late and the fee has gone up, you will be charged the higher fee.

February 1 - March 14: $60   March 15 - April 15: $75

We have a host hotel with a special rate of $139.00 per night.

Holiday Inn Ontario Airport -2155 E Convention Center Way (across the street from Convention Center) $139.00 for two executive Queen beds. Rooms need to be booked by April 22, 2023.

1. Go to

2. Select a check-in and check-out date between 5.22. to 5.24

3. Go to the drop down menu under Rate Preference

4. Select Group Rate

5. On the Group Code, put SWP

You are also able to call reservations at 1-888-Holiday and request to make a reservation Serving With a Purpose. You will then tell reservations the dates needed and the three letter group code which is SWP.

We look forward to having you attend.  It's going to be a great conference!

This conference is made possible by the support of the California State Library. California Libraries Learn (CALL) is a collaborative project of the California Library Association and the California State Library, and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

A BIG thank you to all our 2023 sponsors!

About the organizer

$60 – $700