For nonprofit fundraising and marketing conferences on the 2021 calendar, there is no shortage of options. Whether in-person or virtual, we’ve been to many over the years and can definitely say that we’ve found our favorites. From nonprofit leadership to technology, there are conferences for every cause and every role within your organization. If you don’t already have a few of these conferences on your calendar, you’re missing out on some key industry education and networking events.
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Here is our carefully crafted list of the best nonprofit conferences:
Virtual/ Washington, D.C.
September 13 - 14, 2021
The 5th Annual Raise Conference is attended by thousands of the top fundraisers in the nation. In this year's hybrid experience, attendees will gather virtually and in-person for session tracks on Event & Auction Fundraising, Fundraising Strategy and Peer-to-Peer & Social Engagement. Raise is a high-energy, immersive experience that is sure to inspire anyone looking to take their event fundraising to the next level.
Citygate Annual Network Conference
September 16-19, 2021
Citygate Network (formerly known as The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions) knows how to organize an excellent conference. Of course, they cover various education topics (hospitality, strategic thinking, operations, research, etc.), but what's different is how Citygate incorporates their location into the schedule. Every year, Citygate Network will schedule time for attendees to visit local missions, see attractions, and take in the city. In 2021, we look forward to remembering famed Baltimore resident Edgar Allen Poe, whose poem "The Raven" is the inspiration for this year's conference.
NIO Summit 2021
September 21 - 23, 2021
The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit brings together the world's leading digital marketing and fundraising experts under one roof. Known for their research-driven strategies and hands-on training, the NIO Summit is the place to be for anyone looking to take their online fundraising to the next level.
Salesforce Dreamforce 2021
September 21 - 23, 2021
Dreamforce is one of the largest tech conferences in the world. If you're a developer, technical architect or trailblazer in the space, this conference is for you. With thousands of sessions and workshops led by well-known thought leaders in the industry, Salesforce Dreamforce gives attendees an incredible experience and a chance to learn about the latest innovations impacting the digital world.
The 2021 event will combine virtual sessions with small in-person experiences across cities including San Fransico, New York City, London, Paris and more.
October 13 - 15, 2021
bbcon is going virtual once again. This conference is for every fundraiser looking to stay on the cutting-edge of technology. This year's conference boasts more access to resources, vendors, and attendees than ever before. bbcon 2021 has something for everyone, with tailored sessions for all regions, role types, and markets. You won't want to miss this unforgettable experience!
Nonprofit Storytelling Conference
San Diego, California
November 1 - 3, 2021
Every organization has a story and the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference will help you learn how to tell it in the most compelling way. This conference is tailored to members of your fundraising, leadership and communications teams. Known for its fun learning environment, the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference gives attendees a look at the latest tactics and strategies that will help them raise more money.
The Nonprofit Alliance Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting
November 2 - 4, 2021
This three-day event includes an Advocacy Afternoon, Annual Meeting, Networking Reception and Leadership Summit. Open exclusively to TNPA's commercial and nonprofit members, this conference is targeted at senior leaders who are looking to network with colleagues, strengthen their leadership skills and keep a pulse on the latest legislation impacting the nonprofits space.
Registration hasn't officially opened yet, so keep an eye on the event page linked below for more information.
The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Fall Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 17 - 19, 2021
While The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement's Spring Conference is centered on specialties, the Fall Conference is all about high-level leadership training and industry issues. Think big picture views on the latest things impacting the nonprofit fundraising space.
Although registration hasn't officially opened, you can keep an eye on their events page as more information is released in the coming months.
Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Congress 2021
November 22 - 24, 2021
Once again, it's time to gather virtually for AFP Toronto's annual Congress. This year's theme will focus on the human connections that impact the work and lives of nonprofit fundraisers. AFP Congress 2021 is perfect for those looking to reflect, share and learn from colleagues and leaders in the industry.
Faith & Fundraising Conference 2022
February 22 - 25, 2022
Coming together for the first time, TNPA's Catholic Development Council and ALDE are joining forces to present an in-person Faith & Fundraising Conference. Both organizations bring in a deep history and background in faith-based fundraising, making this conference a must-attend for any nonprofit fundraisers looking to enhance their knowledge and network with like-minded peers.
NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference
March 23 - 25, 2022
The NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference is back with another interactive virtual experience! The premier event for nonprofit technology, NTC brings together the best and brightest nonprofit professionals from across the industry to host more than 150 informative and engaging sessions on a wide range of topics.
Although registration hasn't officially opened, you can keep an eye on the event page as more information is released in the coming months.
The Christain Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference
April 26 - 28, 2022
If you're a Christian nonprofit fundraiser, this is the conference for you! The Outcomes Conference, hosted by the Christain Leadership Alliance, is designed for leaders looking to cultivate their personal and professional development. Through dynamic presentations, leadership intensives, workshops, roundtables and more, this three-day gathering is an excellent way to reconnect with peers, expand your network and learn the latest impacting faith-based nonprofit sector.