9 Great Nonprofit Conferences for 2020

by Cameron Ripley  |   |  Strategy  |  0 comments

2 min to read ✭ In this post, we go over nine great conferences to take your nonprofit to the next level in 2020. 

One of the things we love most about working in the nonprofit social sector is just how collaborative it can be as people are tackling some of the most insurmountable problems and missions. With that, we love attending great conferences and learning new ways nonprofit leaders are taking their missions to the next level. Today, we’re going to share nine great nonprofit conferences that Community Boost is planning to attend in 2020. We hope you find this valuable and if they’re in your neighborhood, we highly recommend you look into attending too. 

We’re going to go through the conferences chronologically, so let’s get started. 


1. NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference – March 24-26

Baltimore, MD

This is one of the longest running, best conferences when it comes to technology and scaling your impact online. NTC is extremely community-driven and the NTEN staff works with community advisory committees to shape the content and programming.


2. AFP ICON – March 29-31

Baltimore, MD

This is a must-attend for fundraisers and the world’s largest conference for fundraising professionals. It’s also a great place to grow your network. 


3. Kindred – May 11-14 

San Diego, CA

Community Boost is headquartered in San Diego, so we’re looking forward to this unique, very purpose-driven conference for both social enterprises and nonprofits. They’ve got an amazing speaker lineup from Chance the Rapper, the Founder and President of SocialWorks, to Amy Smith, the Chief Giving Office of TOMS shoes. 


4. Digital Fundraising Conference – May 14-16

San Diego, CA

As the name suggests, this conference is all about digital fundraising. Content includes how to grow your fundraising revenue with less effort and how to raise more money online. This conference emphasizes how all the strategies and tactics you learn fit together, actually having time to start implementing them.  


5. Engage for Good – May 27-28

Austin, TX

This is one of the best fundraising conferences you can attend. This event is for a wide range of social impact professionals all along the experience spectrum from novices to veterans in formats including keynote presentations, breakout sessions, small discussions and more. 


6. Classy Collaborative – June 9-11

Boston, MA

We try not to play favorites, but this is one of our favorite conferences every year. They have incredible content and we come away from so many takeaways each year. We have some big plans for a partnership with Google this year, so we hope to see you there. 


7. Nonprofit POWER – August 24-25

Philadelphia, PA

This conference is unique, but really neat and pretty new on the scene. It’s actually invite-only and they cover all attendees’ travel costs, so if you can get in, it’s amazing. It was created to enable nonprofit leaders to connect, exchange ideas, and build relationships. 


8. Blackbaud bbcon – October 6-8

Seattle, WA 

This conference is described as where technology and social good meet with a focus on tech innovations. They have sessions designed specifically for various roles and markets, so you can take away content that is relevant to your business. 

9. Nonprofit Storytelling Conference – October 29-31

Chicago, IL

This year’s conference is all about learning how to craft and tell better stories in fundraising, leadership, and communications. 


Then from there, we get into November and December. We personally try not to hit a lot of conferences then because we are focused on year-end fundraising efforts.  Nonetheless, those are nine great conferences if you’re in the nonprofit sector interested in learning more about fundraising, digital marketing, and new technology, as well as networking with like-minded professionals. 

Cameron Ripley

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