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Nonprofit conferences: Add these to your 2021 calendar

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:


Raise-EventFundraising-TMRaise Conference 

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. 

2021 Raise Conference


CGN_logo_web-rgb_udCitygate Annual Network Conference

Baltimore, Maryland

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. 

The Citygate Network Annual Conference 2021


Brushfire-Event-Logo-NIO2021-1961x2048NIO Summit 2021

Austin, Texas

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. 

NIO Summit 2021


Salesforce_LogoSalesforce 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.

Salesforce Dreamforce


bbcon 2021 logobbcon 2021


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! 

bbcon 2021 


NPS-Conference-logo2Nonprofit 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. 

Nonprofit Storytelling Conference


tnpa-logoThe Nonprofit Alliance Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting

Washington, DC

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.

TNPA Leadership Summit


AAWA-logo-300x97The 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. 

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Fall Conference 


AFP toronto logoAssociation 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.

AFP Toronto Congress 2021



Faith & Fundraising Conference 2022

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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. 

TNPA and ALDE Faith & Fundraising Conference 


22ntc-lockupNTEN 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. 

NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) 


cla logoThe Christain Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference

Louisville, Kentucky

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. 

Christain Leadership Alliance Outcomes Conference


RKD Group

RKD Group is North America's leading fundraising and marketing services provider to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, social service, disease research, animal welfare, rescue missions, and faith-based charities. RKD Group’s omnichannel approach leverages technology, advanced data science and award-winning strategic and creative leadership to accelerate net revenue growth, build long-term donor relationships and drive online and offline engagements and donations. With a growing team of professionals, RKD Group creates breakthroughs never thought possible.

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