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.
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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!
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Check out the video below for some highlights from the 2019 event!
Mark your calendars! Raise 2020 is taking place in Washington, D.C. from September 14-15, 2020.
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.
The Nonprofit Technology Conference will take place March 24-26, 2020 in Baltimore, MD!
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.
This top fundraising conference will take place March 29-31 in Baltimore, MD.
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!
Clear your calendars! The next Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference will take place February 26-28, 2020 in Austin, TX!
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)
Mark your calendars for the next fundraising conference from July 15-17, 2020 in National Harbor, MD!
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.
The next Fundraising Day in New York will take place on June 5, 2020 in New York City!
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.
You can attend this fundraising conference from June 6-9, 2020 in Orlando, FL!
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.
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!
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.
Pack your bags for Lincoln, NE and attend this fundraising conference April 20-21!
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.
The 2019 Matching Gift Summit took place September 5-6, 2019, and the next annual conference will take place in 2020 in Atlanta, GA!
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.
Get ready to attend this nonprofit conference February 19-21, 2020 in Washington, D.C.!
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!
Pack your bags for Seattle, WA from March 9-11, 2020!
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.
Attend this nonprofit conference from January 23-24, 2020 in Austin, TX!
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.
The next annual Princeton Community Works conference will take place January 27, 2020 in Princeton, NJ!
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.
This nonprofit conference will take place from September 29-October 1, 2020 in Austin, TX!
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.
The next Summer Symposium will take place from July 9-11, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario!
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!
The first Nonprofit Lab of 2020 takes place in Los Angeles, CA on January 7, 2020!
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.
The next Western Canada Fundraising Conference will take place from May 13-15, 2020 in Kelowna, British Columbia!
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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