Upcoming Nonprofit Conferences - Our Picks

By Lisa Hirst Carnes | February 2023

Illustration of many different kinds of hands in the air.

The nonprofit sector has had to adapt and change in so many ways in the last year, and conferences are no different. While some have gone virtual, others have gone hybrid to include in-person and online attendees. As we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel, more conferences are planning to return to in-person events.

There are many benefits to conferences, whether in person or online. You can connect with other professionals in your field and learn about new trends and developments. Additionally, you can gain inspiration from keynote speakers and panelists. For nonprofits, conferences can be especially beneficial. Meetings offer a chance to learn about best practices, find solutions to common problems, and gain insight into the latest trends

No matter the format, conferences provide an excellent opportunity for networking and learning. And, of course, they're a great way to take a break from the day-to-day grind and recharge your batteries. Looking for nonprofit conferences to add to your calendar? Here are some upcoming events:

Top Nonprofit Conferences for 2023

SXSW - Climate Change Track

When: March 10-13, 2023

Where: Austin, TX, 

Price: Ticket prices are not yet available.

Event description: Topics featured in the Climate Change Track include renewable energy and fossil fuel alternatives, sustainable practices, coastal relocation, plant-based foods, and forward-focused green startups.

Target audience: Nonprofit staff who are interested in how climate change and sustainable practices. 

Link: https://www.sxsw.com/conference/climate-change/

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, network, and advance their careers. Explore 15 Tracks of programming, Summits, and various formats including Keynotes, Featured Speakers, panels, workshops, podcasts, and more during SXSW 2022 from March 11-20 in Austin, TX and online.

Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC)

When: April 12-14th, 2023

Where: Denver, CO, Colorado Convention Center 

Price: Ticket prices are not yet available.

Event description: Every day focuses on community, knowledge, equity, and inspiration.

Target audience: Nonprofit development staff who are interested in how technology is changing fundraising and philanthropy. 

Link: https://www.nten.org/gather

NTEN’s conference — often referred to as the NTC — is the annual gathering of people who want to make the world a better place through the skillful and equitable use of technology.

Cause Camp

When: September 14-15th, 2023

Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan, at DeVos Place. 

Price: $49-$74.99 per month

Event description: Thought, Leadership, and Expertise.

Target audience: nonprofit leaders and professionals

Link: https://cause.camp/

Cause Camp is an annual gathering of nonprofit professionals from all over the world. The conference features unforgettable experiences and breakout sessions. You will also learn leadership skills.

Past Events

Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

When: October 27-29th, 2022

Where: San Antonio, Texas, at the Grand Hyatt

Price: $695-$895

Event description: Raising Money and Growing Supporter Base

Target audience: Prospective project managers and fundraisers

Link: https://nonprofitstorytellingconference.com/

The Nonprofit Conference is the perfect event for anyone who wants to learn more about using stories to further their cause. The conference features keynote speeches, workshops, and networking opportunities focused on helping attendees hone their storytelling skills.

Minnesota Council for Nonprofits - Annual Conference

When: October 13-14th, 2022

Where:  Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN

Price: $169-$299

Event description: Reunited for Good

Target audience: Members and non-members

Link: https://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/events/conferences/2022-mcn-annual-conference

The Minnesota Council for Nonprofits hosts an annual conference for professionals from all over the state. The panel features breakout sessions on fundraising, leadership, and marketing. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other professionals and learn about the latest trends in the nonprofit sector.

QGiv Conference

When: October 2-4th, 2022

Where: Orlando, FL

Price: $300-$500

Event description: Do Good. Be Great

Target audience: All fundraisers

Link: https://www.qgivconference.com/

QGiv's annual conference is a must-attend for anyone who works in the nonprofit space. The nonprofit conference features online giving, donor stewardship, and event planning breakout sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn about the latest QGiv products and features.

NIO Summit

When: September 20-23rd, 2022

Where: Kansas City, MO

Price: General price is $1295

Event description: Grow Your Online Fundraising

Target audience: nonprofit marketers

Link:https://www.niosummit.com/

The NIO Summit is an annual gathering of nonprofit professionals from all over the world. Attendees will leave with actionable tips and tactics that they can use to raise money more effectively.

Raise - The Event Fundraising Conference

When: September 12-13th, 2022

Where: Chicago, IL

Price:$129-$499 for virtual and in-person

Event description: Inspire, Connect and Grow

Target audience: prospective donor fund managers, beneficiaries, financial elites, and members

Link:https://www.onecause.com/raise/

Raise is the place to be if you're looking for innovative ways to fundraise. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from each other, ranging from online event & auction to peer-to-peer fundraising.

The Nonprofit Marketing Summit

When: August 16-18th, 2022

Where: Virtual

Price: No price tag

Event description: Fundraise To The Future

Target audience: Virtual audience

Link:https://www.nonprofitmarketingsummit.org/

The Nonprofit Marketing Summit is an annual gathering of nonprofit marketing professionals. The event features keynote speakers, workshops, and opportunities for attendees to hone their marketing skills. Attendees will leave with actionable tactics to market their causes more effectively.

Nonprofit Federation Summer Conference

When: August 8-10th, 2022

Where: Chicago, Ill. and Virtual

Price:$99-$2859 depending on in-person options

Event description: Learn, Network, and Grow

Target audience: Professional fundraisers, nonprofit communications teams, and many vendors.

Link:https://www.ana.net/content/show/id/ms-np-aug22

The world's most successful fundraisers will share success stories and proven methods to address the challenges you may confront in this environment. It's the premier event to discuss cutting-edge ideas and develop strategies to create and strengthen connections with supporters. Attendees will have the chance to hear from keynote speakers, take part in workshops and panel discussions, and connect with other professionals.

Bridge Conference

When: July 27-29th, 2022

Where: Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center| National Harbor, MD (adjacent to Washington, DC)

Price:$696-$795 members and non-members, respectively.

Event description: Integrated Marketing and Funding Conference

Target audience: Consultants, Agencies, Marketing Professionals, and members

Link: https://www.bridgeconf.org/

The Bridge Conference is the perfect opportunity to learn about new trends, network with other professionals, and gain valuable skills to take your organization to the next level. 

  • Social media and marketing
  • Fundraising and donor relations
  • Volunteer management
  • Program evaluation and impact

Bottom Line

If you're looking to learn more about how to run your nonprofit effectively, be sure to check out one of these upcoming conferences! You'll walk away with actionable tips and tactics that you can use to take your organization to the next level.

Topics: Nonprofit Help