Top Fundraising Conferences for 2020: What You Should Attend

Explore one of the best fundraising conferences to learn and network.

As your nonprofit looks ahead to 2020, this is an excellent opportunity to plan out the fundraising conferences you’d like to attend. Conferences for nonprofits are a great way for staff members to build their skills, learn about new development strategies and advancements in fundraising technology, and network with like-minded individuals and industry experts.

So what are you waiting for? We’ve outlined the best nonprofit fundraising conferences for you to explore in 2020. Kick the year into high gear and enhance your professional development with conference learning.

To make it easy, click on the conferences that interest you:

  1. Raise
  2. Nonprofit Technology Conference
  3. AFP Icon
  4. Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference
  5. Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference
  6. Fundraising Day in New York
  7. Planet Philanthropy
  8. National Philanthropy Day Conference
  9. Cause Camp
  10. Matching Gift Summit
  11. ANA DC Nonprofit Conference
  12. PEAK2020
  13. Nonprofit Organizations Institute
  14. Princeton Community Works
  15. Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit
  16. Summer Symposium
  17. Nonprofit Lab
  18. Western Canada Fundraising Conference

Are you ready to find the perfect conference for your nonprofit? Let’s dive in!

Raise is a top fundraising conference for nonprofits.

1. Raise

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

Raise is a top fundraising conference hosted by OneCause and attracts fundraisers from across the country. It is the only Event Fundraising Conference in the industry. During two full days of action-packed sessions, Raise covers everything from Auction & Event Strategies, to Peer-to-Peer & Social Fundraising, and Product Workshops. Raise creates hands-on interaction between attendees and speakers, with session breakouts, interactive exercises, and group simulations. With over 30+ sessions and panels to choose from, you won’t want to miss the Raise 2020 experience!

Presentations have included speakers from:

  • Bloomerang
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Cathexis Partners, LLC
  • Turnkey
  • OP3
  • And more!

Check out the video below for some highlights from the 2019 event!

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Mark your calendars! Raise 2020 is taking place in Washington, D.C. from September 14-15, 2020.

 

Attend Raise!

The Nonprofit Technology Conference is a top fundraising conference.

2. Nonprofit Technology Conference

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Nonprofit Technology Conference is hosted by NTEN. It’s a signature technology event you don’t want to miss. More than 2,000 nonprofit professional assemble from around the world to collaborate and discover new ways to spark change using technology.

Session topics include technologies, best strategies, and pressing issues, as well as highlights of the latest nonprofit products and services. Network each evening with some of the best and brightest professionals and hear from the keynote speaker, Erricka Bridgeford of Community Mediation Maryland and Baltimore Ceasefire 365.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

The Nonprofit Technology Conference will take place March 24-26, 2020 in Baltimore, MD!

 

Attend the Nonprofit Technology Conference!

AFP Icon is a top nonprofit conference.

3. AFP Icon

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

AFP Icon is one of the largest conferences for fundraising professionals, covering the most important topics in fundraising and numerous ways to grow your network. Topics covered at this conference include donor retention, major gifts, planned giving, leading successful capital campaigns, and others.

Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, you can hear from keynote speaker José Andrés, an internationally recognized culinary innovator.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

This top fundraising conference will take place March 29-31 in Baltimore, MD.

 

Attend AFP Icon!

The Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference is a top nonprofit conference.

4. Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum was launched to support professionals who manage events that raise in excess of $1 billion a year for American charities. Through their conference and workshops, webinars, and online services, they provide access to useful information on producing even more successful programs, contacts, and recognition.

Speakers from the 2019 event included representatives from The Sponsorship Collective, Susan G. Komen, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, OP3, National Hemophilia Foundation, and more!

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Clear your calendars! The next Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference will take place February 26-28, 2020 in Austin, TX!

 

Attend the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference!

The Bridge Conference is a top nonprofit conference.

5. Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference offers excellent insight into the latest strategies, techniques, and most up-to-date innovations in all areas of fundraising and marketing. Explore direct responses, individual giving (including major and planned), corporate giving, and more.

Notable speakers from 2019 included Tim Shriver, Ph.D (Special Olympics), Bruce Mehlman (Mehlman Castagnetti), and Risha Grant (Risha Grant, LLC)

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Mark your calendars for the next fundraising conference from July 15-17, 2020 in National Harbor, MD!

 

Attend the Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference!

Fundraising Day in New York is a top nonprofit conference.

6. Fundraising Day in New York

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

Fundraising Day in New York attracts more than 1,800 people every year, including representatives from local, regional, and national charitable organizations, consultants, and marketing agencies. Staff members from cultural, educational, environmental, health, and humanitarian nonprofits learn new techniques and how to better equip their organizations to fundraise.

Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals New York City Chapter, attendees can forge connections with today’s leading providers of products and services for the nonprofit sector.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

The next Fundraising Day in New York will take place on June 5, 2020 in New York City!

 

Attend Fundraising Day in New York!

Planet Philanthropy is a top fundraising conference.

7. Planet Philanthropy

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

Planet Philanthropy is hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida Caucus and brings together over 400 nonprofit leaders from a variety of organizations, including social services, education, health, religion, the arts, and more. Come to learn about the latest resources you can leverage to enhance your nonprofit strategy.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

You can attend this fundraising conference from June 6-9, 2020 in Orlando, FL!

 

Attend Planet Philanthropy!

The National Philanthropy Day conference is a top conference for nonprofits.

8. National Philanthropy Day Conference

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

National Philanthropy Day was signed into law in November 1986. Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter, the National Philanthropy Day Conference and Awards Luncheon celebrates the Los Angeles-area National Philanthropy Day.

The 2019 event will host sessions covering the impact of technology in fundraising, major donors, fundraising management, and more.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Though the 2020 conference has not yet been scheduled, celebrate National Philanthropy Day and join the 2019 conference November 7, 2019 in Las Angeles, CA!

 

Attend the National Philanthropy Day Conference!

Cause Camp is a top fundraising conference.

9. Cause Camp

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

Cause Camp is a boutique conference committed to teaching nonprofits how to hone their problem-solving skills and welcome change. Attracting the best nonprofit thought leaders, this nonprofit conference gives attendees the opportunity to chat with industry experts, take part in meditation and yoga sessions, and attend workshops.

Network with fellow speakers, staff, and exhibitors, including representatives from Bold & Bright Media, Funraise, BlueFox, Annie’s List, and others.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Pack your bags for Lincoln, NE and attend this fundraising conference April 20-21!

 

Attend Cause Camp!

Explore one of the best fundraising conferences to learn and network.

The Matching Gift Summit is a top fundraising conference.

10. Matching Gift Summit

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Matching Gift Summit is one of the best nonprofit fundraising conferences on employer matching gifts. During this summit, you’ll get to talk with local and national nonprofit organizations to share challenges, best practices, and successes surrounding matching gifts.

Hosted by Double the Donation, the Matching Gift Summit will give you the opportunity to meet peers from nonprofits across the country and gain insights into how to secure and grow matching gift revenue for your nonprofit.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

The 2019 Matching Gift Summit took place September 5-6, 2019, and the next annual conference will take place in 2020 in Atlanta, GA!

 

Attend the Matching Gift Summit!

The ANA DC Nonprofit Conference is a top fundraising conference.

11. ANA DC Nonprofit Conference

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The ANA DC Nonprofit Conference is hosted by the Association of National Advertisers and brings together nonprofit professionals and marketers to discuss marketing and fundraising ideas, come up with solutions, and boost relationships with donors. Some topics of this fundraising conference include monthly giving, storytelling, and professional development.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Get ready to attend this nonprofit conference February 19-21, 2020 in Washington, D.C.!

 

Attend the ANA DC Nonprofit Conference!

PEAK2020 is a top conference for nonprofits.

12. PEAK2020

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

Hosted by PEAK Grantmaking, PEAK2020 is dedicated to improving how grants are made. This top fundraising conference helps you build your expertise and connect with other nonprofit colleagues.

Learn how to update practices and policies to narrow the power gap between grantmakers and grantseekers, develop grantmaking practices and policies that minimize bias, and more!

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Pack your bags for Seattle, WA from March 9-11, 2020!

 

Attend PEAK2020!

The Nonprofit Organizations Institute is a top fundraising conference.

13. Nonprofit Organizations Institute

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

Presented by The University of Texas School of Law, the Nonprofit Organizations Institute features nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance, and government. Attend this fundraising conference for an in-depth discussion about tax, legislative, and governance issues that affect nonprofits.

Over the course of the conference, learn about issues that are relevant to your organization’s fundraising initiatives through presentations, targeted tracks, and small-group master classes. Topics covered include donor advised funds, private foundation compliance, and more.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

Attend this nonprofit conference from January 23-24, 2020 in Austin, TX!

 

Attend the Nonprofit Organizations Institute!

Princeton Community Works is a top nonprofit conference.

14. Princeton Community Works

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

Princeton Community Works is an educational nonprofit conference for nonprofit boards, staff, and volunteers. Its mission is to enable these groups to work together more effectively through networking, skills development, and raising community awareness.

The 2019 workshop sessions covered a range of topics, including volunteer recruitment and retention, effective leadership, fundraising success, understanding donor expectations, and more.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

The next annual Princeton Community Works conference will take place January 27, 2020 in Princeton, NJ!

 

Attend Princeton Community Works!

The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit is a top fundraising conference.

15. Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit is an excellent fundraising conference for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers who want to grow their online fundraising. Speakers are hand-selected and among the leading experts in marketing and fundraising innovation, brought in from all around the world.

Learn proven and research-driven strategies from these experts, take part in hands-on training sessions, and discover the tools you need to build your online fundraising and revenue. Speakers come from organizations like NextAfter, The Philanthropy Centre, Virtuous, and Kindful.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

This nonprofit conference will take place from September 29-October 1, 2020 in Austin, TX!

 

Attend the Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit!

The Summer Symposium is a top fundraising conference for nonprofits.

16. Summer Symposium

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Summer Symposium is hosted by The Giving Institute each year to discuss important issues nonprofits face as they fundraise. Historically, the event was created to give leading consulting professionals in the philanthropic sector the opportunity to discuss these issues and interact with one another.

Past conferences have covered topics such as the future of giving days, fundraising in an age of increased data privacy, latest giving trends, the rise of racial equity as a philanthropic lens, and more.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

The next Summer Symposium will take place from July 9-11, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario!

 

Attend the Summer Symposium!

Nonprofit Lab is a top conference for nonprofits.

17. Nonprofit Lab

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Nonprofit Learning Lab creates a series of Nonprofit Labs in various locations meant to allow participants to network and learn nonprofit strategy best practices to bring back to their organizations. The day focuses on providing strategies to help nonprofits be more effective at fundraising, communications, board development, and management.

Attend this fundraising conference to advance your skills in fundraising, social media, nonprofit marketing, and more!

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

The first Nonprofit Lab of 2020 takes place in Los Angeles, CA on January 7, 2020!

 

Attend the Nonprofit Lab!

The Western Canada Fundraising Conference is a top nonprofit conference.

18. Western Canada Fundraising Conference

Overview of This Top Fundraising Conference

The Western Canada Fundraising Conference offers an excellent opportunity to connect with leading fundraising professionals working with charities and nonprofits around Western Canada. Experts from Europe, the United States, and Canada will offer opportunities to learn and network.

Explore products and services that enhance fundraising programs and boost donor relationships, and discover content for every type of professional, regardless of how long they have worked in the sector.

When You Can Attend This Nonprofit Conference

The next Western Canada Fundraising Conference will take place from May 13-15, 2020 in Kelowna, British Columbia!

 

Attend the Western Canada Fundraising Conference!


Attending some of the best nonprofit fundraising conferences is a great way to further your career development. Hopefully this list of conferences for nonprofits serves as a jumpstart to your planning for 2020!

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Explore one of the best fundraising conferences to learn and network.