About Leadership Development

Leadership Development Seminars' mission is to serve current and future Washington State leaders by carrying out the organizational, administrative and planning aspects of several state, local and international projects and events. Focused on youth development and spiritual development of leaders here and around the world, Leadership Development receives monies through the general public.

Our vision is to prepare a place where state and community leaders can come together with emerging leaders around the person of Jesus. The activities, preparation and support leading up to and after each project and event are underwritten by donations and sponsorship by the public. The assets are invested for income-producing purposes supporting annual and monthly events and projects. The income is then designated and distributed for a charitable purpose.

Established in 1991, Leadership Development is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID #91-1511748). It was established to benefit youth development and receives contributions from individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the development of leaders through educational events and seminars. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and in accordance with IRS regulations. Donors may deduct contributions as provided in section 170 of the Code. Legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are deductible for federal estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of Code sections 2055, 2106, and 2522.


Calendar of Events
Our events calendar allows you to see the key civic and community education-related events taking place across the state over the next 12 months. As we develop and add more event details we will update the event pages on this site. Check back often to keep up to date on current event information and upcoming events in the future. You can search for an event either on the home page or drop-down menu by month.


Latest News
Breaking and current news from around the state can be found here. Check out news and reports for Washington Student Leadership as well as roving reports from past prayer breakfasts. Recent posts made in the News forum will display as a listed item in the Latest News block on the home page, along with a link to older archived news.


Event Photo Albums
Check out the photos & slideshows from past events or catch the WSL trip pics stored in these online albums. The online photo gallery features many interesting photos of local and national sites. If you recently attended a Leadership Development event you might browse these albums or invite friends to see the event online photos so they can get a picture of what these events are all about.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Prayer Breakfast supported financially?
There is no appeal or solicitations for funds. The costs of the breakfast, banquet room, sound equipment, mailings, and related administrative costs all come from three primary sources. This includes monies received for the tickets issued for tables/seats, and contributions from various volunteers who serve either on the advisory or planning committee, or table captains & breakfast sponsors who believe in the importance of the breakfast.

Can I give a tax-deductible donation online?


Yes. Public contributions and sponsorship funds are a vital component in any event and allow the event registration fees to be set at a level encouraging attendance and assist in ensuring a memorable event. Donor funds subsidize ongoing community education and support student leadership throughout the state. Financial contributions help develop increased event quality, plus support operational services for upcoming event and projects. Leadership Development has maintained low operating costs and often rested solely on the support of the general public. We have many initiatives that need your financial partnership. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. If you would like to donate online, please click here.


Why emphasize having Table & Breakfast Sponsors rather than a general marketing approach to inviting people to attend?
We believe that it is important for the development and strengthening of personal relationships that the invitations to all guests are made from individual to individual. The table captains & breakfast sponsors believe in and support state and local prayer breakfasts by their presence, participation and invitation to others. This invitational process provides for more personal interaction, conversation, shared experiences in life, and deeper discussions throughout the year.

Who can attend?
The idea of these prayer breakfasts, which are non-denominational, is to bring together civic and business leaders informally to develop relationships, and to promote the principles of Jesus. Everyone is welcome. While we primarily work through our table captains and breakfast sponsors to invite guests, anyone can purchase tickets based on availability. Please be advised that each member receives a limited quantity for their guests. Most breakfasts are sold out many weeks in advance. The majority of attendee?s are honored guests of community leaders serving local, state & federal legislatures under invitation by event organizers on their behalf.

Is this a Government sponsored or membership based organization?
No. In fact it is less of an organization and more of a gathering of friends from across the state, cities and communities. Events are organized by a volunteer committee of businessmen and women, not funded by membership dues, tax dollars nor government endorsed. Since its inception there was nothing to join or belong to. After all these years, there is no formal organization, no officers, and no general mass solicitation of funds to carry out these gatherings. It is all done through the dedicated work and prayers of community leaders and their friends from every walk of life, here and across our state.

What is the background and history of the Prayer Breakfast? click here.

Guide to Information Resources


The purpose of this website is to provide information about involvement in regional, national and international events and projects. This site is intended to be used by the public for viewing and retrieving information. In providing information on this site, we have attempted to be as accurate as possible using local, state and national archives. In certain instances, historical museums and societies, as well as university libraries and archives collected records from public agencies provided content under public domain. Some historical public record material has been acquired by donation from families and individuals. In these instances, too, heritage organizations have played a valuable role in preserving and in making accessible records. Where historical information is presented sites where historical records can be found in public domain are referenced. This website may provide links to websites outside the website that also serve this purpose.

We encourage visitors to investigate, study and research historical information on faith & prayer in the life of our country residing in state and national archives. Additionally, information references can be found by researching the repositories at: The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The American Presidency Project, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; The Office of the Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.; The U.S. Senate Chaplain's Office, Washington, D.C.; The White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C.; The William Franklin Graham, Jr. Center, at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL; The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene, KS; The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, Stanford, CA; The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Program, Washington, D.C.; The Smithsonian Information Center, Washington, D.C.; The Senate Historical Office & The House Historical Office, Washington, D.C.; The Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Washington, D.C.; The National Security Archive at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.; The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. & College Park, MD; The Seattle-King County Historical Society, Seattle, WA; The Museum of History & Industry(MOHAI), Seattle, WA; The Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA; and The Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma, WA. Any questions, comments, or suggestions about this website and it's design or content should be directed to the webmaster, using our online contact form.


Thank you for visiting this website. As we develop and add more event details we will update the event pages on this site. Check back often to keep up to date on current event information and upcoming events in the future. To find out more about Leadership Development, or to receive upcoming event information, please click here, or contact the coordinating office via email at info@wafamily.com.