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Don’t Miss These 12 Nonprofit Conferences in 2022 and 2023

13 min read
August 30, 2022
Alex Huntsberger
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Nonprofit conferences are a great opportunity for industry professionals to hone their skills, network with their peers, and learn innovative new strategies to help their organizations thrive. 

Nonprofit conferences can feature a variety of topics, like fundraising, marketing, nonprofit tech, and leadership. Here are 12 nonprofit conferences in 2022 and 2023 you shouldn’t miss!

  1. Generosity Xchange
  2. Nonprofit Technology Conference
  3. AFP ICON
  4. Salesforce Nonprofit Summit
  5. The Nonprofit Social Media Summit
  6. ANA Nonprofit Federation Summer & Winter Conferences
  7. Bridge Conference
  8. Cause Camp
  9. Nonprofit Marketing Summit
  10. Engage for Good
  11. Good Tech Fest
  12. TNPA Leadership Summit

If you’re thinking to yourself “I can’t make all those conferences,” you’re probably right. But even if you have to skip most of them due to time and cost, we advise you to find at least a couple to attend. The information and connections you bring back will be worth the time and money spent. 

Here’s a little bit more information on each of these conferences, including what they cover, how much they cost, and where you can register.

1. The Nonprofit Social Media Summit

Date: November 2-3, 2022

Location: Virtual

Website: www.neonone.com 

Who Should Attend: nonprofit marketers and social media gurus 

The Nonprofit Social Media Summit is the brainchild of Julia Campbell, author of “Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits” and “How to Build and Mobilize a Social Media Community for Your Nonprofit in 90 Days.” This two-day event is a great opportunity for both seasoned nonprofit social media pros and marketing newbies to learn cutting-edge strategies and hone your marketing skills.

This year’s agenda includes a tutorial on Reels directly from Meta employees, a session on building an audience on TikTok, and a series of “flash sessions,” which are 6-minute talks on everything from cryptocurrency to social media accessibility. The event will also feature two keynotes, one from Afua Bruce and Amy Sample Ward, co-authors of “The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Philanthropists, and Technologists Can Build an Equitable World”; and a second by Lisa Mae Brunson, CEO of Wonder Woman Tech.

There are two options for attending this year’s Summit. The first is a free general admission ticket that includes access to all live keynotes, sessions, workshops, and networking events. The second is a $199 VIP ticket, which includes links to recorded sessions and slide decks, plus a ticket to a live training session with Julia to help plan your 2023 social media marketing calendar.

Cost: General admission is free; VIP tickets cost $199. 

How to Register: Head over to the event page and sign up now!

2. Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC)

Date: April 12–14, 2023 

Location: Denver, CO, Colorado Convention Center

Website: www.nten.org/gather 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit fundraisers who are interested in how technology is changing philanthropy

The annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is hosted by the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) and is considered one of the premier nonprofit technology events in the industry. The conference features the latest nonprofit technology best practices as well as networking opportunities. NTC is designed for all roles in nonprofit technology, from board members and staff to volunteers, consultants, and vendors. 

While an itinerary for the 2023 conference is not yet available, previous years featured hundreds of individual sessions on nonprofit technology and related topics like marketing, leadership, IT, and (of course) fundraising. The NTC also features breakout spaces to discuss and share new ideas, opportunities to network with your peers across the industry, and a focus on pursuing equity in the nonprofit technology space through features like racial affinity spaces and special attention paid to accessibility. 

Cost: 2023 ticket prices are not yet available. 

How to Register: 2023 registration is not yet open—keep an eye on their page for details.

3. AFP ICON

Date: April 16-18, 2023

Location: New Orleans, LA

Website: www.afpicon.com/ 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit fundraisers, development directors, and anyone else looking to understand established and emerging nonprofit best practices

Every year, the Association for Fundraising Professionals’ AFP ICON conference welcomes thousands of fundraisers from all over the globe to learn more about the latest fundraising trends and best practices. In 2022, AFP ICON featured an opening keynote from seven-time Olympic champion—and noted activist—Allyson Felix and a closing keynote from humanitarian and author Zainab Salbi. If you’re a professional fundraiser, AFP ICON is your marquee event.

While the 2023 AFP ICON slate has not been announced yet, attendees can expect over 100 panels dedicated to nonprofit best practices—with free post-conference recordings—as well as an impressive sponsor exhibition hall filled with nonprofit technology providers, consultants, and other companies that serve the industry. AFP ICON is known for its parties and networking opportunities, so fundraisers looking to broaden their connections will have plenty of chances to connect.

Cost: 2023 ticket prices have not been posted yet. Based on last year’s pricing, member prices range from $799 to $1,999 depending on the size of your nonprofit, your AFP membership level, and when you bought your tickets (make sure to snag those Early Bird prices). Non-member prices in 2022 ranged from $1,499 to $2,499.

How to Register: 2023 registration is not yet open—keep an eye on their site for details.

4. Salesforce Nonprofit Summit

Date: TBD. The 2022 conference was held in May. 

Location: Virtual 

Website: www.salesforce.org/resources/event/nonprofit-summit/ 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit professionals, especially those interested in using technology to create a greater impact

The Salesforce Nonprofit Summit is a free two-day virtual conference that covers all aspects of running a nonprofit with a special focus on technology (this is Salesforce, after all). It’s a truly global event, with a schedule broken down into the Americas; Asia Pacific (APAC); and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). All attendees can choose from dozens of sessions broken down into 5 separate tracks. In 2022, the tracks offered were:

  • Manage Your Nonprofit
  • Direct and Expand Your Programs
  • Grow Fundraising Impact
  • Drive Marketing Performance
  • Govern and Protect Your Data

Cost: Free

How to Register: Registration isn’t open yet; keep an eye on their site for future updates.

5. Generosity Xchange

Date: October 2023

Location: Virtual

Website: www.neonone.com

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit fundraisers, marketers, leaders, and professionals of all career levels.

Generosity Xchange is a two-day virtual conference hosted by Neon One. The conference presents a great opportunity for fundraisers across the nonprofit industry to hear from thought leaders and Neon One experts, network with other nonprofit professionals, and hone their fundraising skills!

Generosity Xchange 2022 featured sessions from Cherian Koshy, Erica Waasdorp, Mallory Erickson, and other nonprofit leaders. The keynote was a virtual fireside chat with Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, and Denise Barreto, Founder of Relationships Matter Now. The conference also featured lots of opportunities to get an insider’s look at  Neon One’s suite of software tools, including hands-on workshops and how-tos for Neon One clients, as well as the presentation of Neon One’s annual Changemaker Awards.

Whether you’re searching for industry best practices and inspiration, looking to connect with other fundraisers, or are on the hunt for practical tips leveraging the tools in your Neon One account, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at Generosity Xchange. 

Cost: General admission is free! Premium tickets are also available for $199. In 2022, premium tickets included a swag box, access to an all-day donor retention workshop, and access to a special social event.

How to Register: Dates, speakers, and registration for Generosity Xchange 2023 have yet to be announced. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn a little more about Generosity Xchange 2022—and pick up some great nonprofit tips along the way—check out the blog post below!

6. ANA Nonprofit Federation Summer & Winter Conferences

Website: www.ana.net/ 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and communications professionals

The Association for National Advertisers (ANA) Nonprofit Federation hosts two conferences in Washington D.C every year. Both conferences are focused on bringing together nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and communications professionals to hear case studies and success stories with the goal of producing actionable insights into the challenges facing modern nonprofits. Both conferences are multi-day affairs and come with networking opportunities in between sessions plus a reception.

ANA Winter Conference

Date: February 7-9, 2023

Location: Washington DC, Capital Hilton, and Virtual.

Cost: Attendees can get a special room rate at Capital Hotel of $219/night, so long as they book their room by January 17, 2023. 

How to Register: Registration is not yet open. Once registration is open, you can do so by visiting the winter conference event listing on ANA’s website.

ANA Summer Conference

Date: August 21-23, 2023

Location: Chicago, Swissotel, and Virtual. 

Cost: Attendees can get a special room rate at Swissotel of $209/night, so long as they book their room by July 31, 2023. 

How to Register: Registration is not yet open. Once registration is open, you can do so by visiting the summer conference event listing on ANA’s website. 

7. Bridge Conference

Date: August 2-4, 2023

Location: National Harbor, MD, Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center

Website: www.bridgeconf.org/ 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit fundraisers and direct marketers, communicators, executives, and supplier partners 

“Bridge Conference” is actually short for “the Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference.” It’s a co-production between the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter (AFP DC) and the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW). The purpose of this three-day conference is to, you guessed it, bridge the gap between marketing and fundraising and help nonprofit organizations thrive. 

Like past conferences, the 2023 Bridge conference will feature keynotes, discussions, and panels designed to give attendees the top cutting-edge strategies in marketing and fundraising. Breakout sessions will give attendees the chance to meet, network, and share their own successes and lessons learned. The conference will also feature suppliers and vendors who can work with nonprofits to improve their fundraising and marketing efforts. 

Cost: 2023 prices have not been released yet. 2022 prices were $895 for members (AFP DC, DMAW, DMFA & TNPA) and $1,000 for non-members. 

How to Register: 2023 registration is not open yet.

8. Cause Camp

Date: September 14-15, 2023

Location: Huron, Ohio, Sawmill Creek Resort, and Virtual

Website: www.cause.camp/ 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit professionals, fundraisers, and leaders, especially those from smaller nonprofits without a large travel budget

Cause Camp is an industry conference where nonprofit leaders and professionals from across the globe can meet and learn from industry experts. The goal of the conference is not only to inspire attendees but to equip them with real solutions that they can bring back to their home organizations. The theme of the 2023 Cause Camp conference is “Lessons in Building Momentum.”

Not only is Cause Camp a slightly more intimate conference—usually sporting a few hundred attendees instead of a few thousand—but it’s notable for its relative affordability. If you belong to a smaller nonprofit and are looking to attend an in-person conference in 2023, Cause Camp might be your best bet. All attendees, both virtual and in-person, will receive access to session recordings. 

Cost: Early Bird Passes are currently listed on the Cause Camp website at $375 for one person and $999 for a group of four. 

How to Register: Click here to register.

9. Nonprofit Marketing Summit

Date: February 26-March 2, 2023

Location: Virtual

Website: www.nonprofitmarketingsummit.org/ 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit fundraisers, marketers, social media managers—really, anyone looking to build relationships with their donors both online and off

The Nonprofit Marketing Summit is a 100% virtual conference that focuses on the latest and greatest digital strategies in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. It brings together over 25,000 nonprofit professionals across three days and 60+ high-impact sessions to provide them with actionable next steps in their fundraising and marketing efforts. 

The conference is designed to be a lean, mean, digital best practices machine, which makes it a great fit for nonprofit pros looking to hone their skills, but maybe not a great fit for those looking to build their professional network. If you attend, be ready to pay attention and take good notes. While general admission is free, attendees would need to purchase a VIP Pass in order to obtain session recordings. 

Cost: General admission is free. There are also VIP tickets available that come with all session recordings and session notes, a 1:1 Marketing Strategy Session, Q&As, and a VIP Lounge for networking. 2023 VIP Tickets cost $297.

How to Register: 2023 registration details are available on their website.

10. Engage For Good

Date: 2023 dates have not been provided yet. The 2022 conference was held in May. 

Location: TBD

Website: www.engageforgood.com/conference/ 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit and social impact leaders, including those working in marketing, program development, and human resources

Engage for Good is an annual multi-day conference where leaders in the nonprofit and corporate social impact sectors can meet, network, and learn about the latest strategies, best practices, and trends in the social impact space. In addition to expert speakers and interactive breakouts, attendees will also gain access to important data and benchmarking to help them guide their organizations into the future. 

Cost: 2023 prices have not been released yet. 2022 prices ranged from $995 to $1,245 for members and $1,245 to $1,395 for non members. 

How to Register: 2023 registration is not open. In 2022, registration was limited to one person per organization. 

11. Good Tech Fest

Date: TBD. 2022 sessions were held in May.

Location: Virtual

Website: www.goodtechfest.com/ 

Who Should Attend: Data science, product management, fundraising, philanthropic, and technology professionals.

Good Tech Fest is a conference for professionals in the nonprofit, social impact, and government spaces who are seeking to create an impact with technology. Individual sessions at Good Tech Fest cover topics like machine learning tools, equity issues in tech, crypto philanthropy, and more. This is a great conference for technology professionals looking to develop their skills and capture the bigger picture of how data and technology can make a difference in the world. 

Cost: 2023 ticket prices have not been released. 2022 prices were $125. 

How to Register: 2023 Registration is not yet open.

12. TNPA Leadership Summit

Date: TBD. The 2022 summit was held March 30-April 1. 

Location: TBD

Website: www.tnpa.org/summit2023/ 

Who Should Attend: Senior nonprofit leaders with 15+ years experience, a title of Vice President (or equivalent) and higher, or other distinguishing experience.

The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) Leadership Summit is a conference where senior nonprofit leaders come together to envision what is possible for the nonprofit industry sector as a whole. The conference favors networking opportunities over speaker-led sessions and utilizes the “Liberating Structures” facilitation technique to spark conversation and empower innovation.

As this is a smaller conference aimed at senior leaders and designed around networking and visioning, there are fewer spots available than at many other conferences. Attendance at the 2023 Leadership Summit is restricted to TNPA members and invited guests, and seating will be capped at 150 attendees. 

Cost: 2023 prices have not been released yet. 2022 prices ranged from $395 to $625. TNPA members receive a discount. 

How to Register: 2023 registration hasn’t opened yet.

Join Neon One for Generosity Xchange 2022

If you want to learn more about nonprofit industry best practices and get inspiration for your next campaign, you can join Neon One for Generosity Xchange 2022!  

This virtual two-day conference will be held on October 19 and 20 with free general admission. Speakers and presenters will include Cherian Koshy, Erica Waasdorp, Mallory Erickson, and a keynote featuring Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, and Denise Barreto, Founder of Relationships Matter Now.   

We can’t wait to see you there!

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