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25 Best In-Person Nonprofit Conferences to Attend

Updated: 1 day ago

Nonprofit conferences offer transformative experiences where knowledge, innovation, and inspiration collide. They provide an opportunity to elevate your skills, network with peers, and learn practical strategies that you can take back to your own nonprofit. These events are a nonprofit professional’s key to success. To help you find the right conference for you and your organization, we've curated a list of the best nonprofit in-person conferences below!

This conference offers a chance to connect with nonprofit professionals who use technology to create social change. There are a variety of workshops, discussions, cohorts and certificates to help professionals advance the skillful and equitable use of technology.

  1. Content Marketing World Conference | Content Marketing Institute 

This conference provides a platform for marketing and communication professionals to network and swap ideas with peers, event speakers, content solution providers and more! 

Cause Camp is a marketing conference designed to support nonprofit thought leaders.  Attendees get the opportunity to chat with industry experts and problem solvers, participate in pre- and post-show networking events, attend workshops and take in the sights at destination attractions.

  1. Nonprofit Storytelling Conference | Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

Interested in exploring the art and impact of storytelling? Through engaging workshops, case studies and networking, this conference empowers attendees with the skills to craft compelling narratives, effectively communicate their missions and inspire meaningful connections that drive positive change within their organizations and communities.

  1. Good Tech Fest | Good Tech Community

If you are interested in leveraging technology for social and ethical progress Good Tech Fest is for you! This festival fosters a community of individuals striving to harness technology's power for the greater good, while addressing its challenges and ensuring a more equitable and sustainable technological landscape. 

Nonprofit Labs are a 1-day deep dive filled with networking and learning nonprofit best practices. The conference offers practical strategies to help nonprofits be more effective in equity, fundraising, communications, program planning, board development, leadership and more. Attendees are executive directors, development directors, program directors, board members & more! 75% of attendees have 10+ yrs of experience. The Nonprofit Labs are a great way for attendees to build relationships with nonprofit leaders at the networking lunch, coaching sessions, interactive workshops and structured networking opportunities.

  1. ARNOVA Annual Conference | The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action 

Set to a different theme each year, the ARNOVA conference is designed to create a public conversation on pressing issues and vital opportunities facing the voluntary or nonprofit sector. This conference also provides opportunities to present related research. 

  1. Points of Light Conference | Points of Light 

This conference offers opportunities to connect with and learn from industry experts and engage in compelling discussions with other nonprofit professionals. Registration to this conference can also be applied towards a CVA certification

  1. Leadership Summit | The Nonprofit Alliance 

The Leadership Summit is a great networking opportunity for nonprofit leaders. During the conference, participants learn how to apply various facilitation tools and skills within their organizations to promote inclusive dialogue, foster heightened leadership and drive innovation.

  1. Colorado Conference on Volunteerism | Directors of Volunteers in Agencies Colorado (DOVIA)

This annual conference is a great opportunity for nonprofit professionals responsible for managing, training and engaging volunteers for their organization. This conference is also an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Are you an HR professional? Check out Gartner’s upcoming ReImagineHR Conference to gain must-have HR insights and strategies and meet with Gartner HR experts for tailored advice to help you achieve your organization’s most critical goals.

  1. Culture Summit | Culture Summit

Culture Summit brings professionals together to share insights and best practices on transforming workplace culture. The speakers and workshops will empower you with the data, strategies and frameworks you need to re-engage your workforce and rebuild your culture.

  1. DEI National Training Week and Conference | National Diversity & Leadership Conference

The National Diversity and Leadership Conference provides extraordinary networking opportunities and diverse speakers facilitating a range of workshops. This conference offers great insight into topics such as effective leadership, workplace improvement, multiculturalism and diversity.

The National Conference on Racial and Social Justice creates a space where business, community and nonprofit leaders come together to brainstorm actionable steps to promote racial equity in a strategic and intentional manner.

The 26th Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference from The Conference Board serves as a platform for DEI leaders to share their work and discuss topics around race, social justice, neurodiversity, women’s health, disability, allyship and more.

  1. Pride Summit | Lesbians Who Tech

Hosted by Lesbians Who Tech, the Pride Summit is a dynamic and inclusive event that celebrates and empowers LGBTQ+ women and non-binary individuals in the tech and STEM fields. This summit offers networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities, all while fostering a supportive community through championing diversity and inclusion in the tech world.

  1. Leadership Convention | National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP)

This convention provides educational and social networking opportunities for professionals of all backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. The convention features informational and inspirational workshops to cultivate leadership excellence and promote cultural awareness.

  1. Inclusion | Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

If you want to build a more positive, inclusive, and innovative culture in your workplace, then Inclusion is for you. This event equips HR professionals and leaders with tools, best practices and actionable solutions to foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment, with the ultimate goal of driving organizational success and innovation.

  1. Double the Donation’s Matching Gift Summit | Double the DonationIf you are looking to better leverage your matching gifts, check out Double the Donation’s Matching Gift Summit. Hosted by Double the Donation, this conference focuses on practical steps you can implement in your organization to create and market a matching gift strategy, improve your CSR and connect with other nonprofit professionals. 

  2. Raise | OneCause Hosted by OneCause, this event fundraising conference provides opportunities to learn from fundraising experts, share ideas with peers and get CFRE credits. The conference will focus on a variety of topics, including DEI fundraising principles, strategic event design and storytelling to improve donor engagement.

  1.  GrantSummit | Grant Professionals AssociationDo you need help with grant management? Look no further than the Grant Professionals Association’s GrantSummit. Whether you are a beginner-level professional or a seasoned veteran, you will leave this conference with expert advice on grant writing, grant management, general best practices and more. 

  1. The Association of African American Museums Conference | The Association of African American Museums 

Hosted by the Association of African American Museums, this conference serves as a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaborative discussions aimed at advancing the preservation and presentation of African American history and contributions.

Interested in funding and supporting the arts? The Grantmakers in the Arts Annual Conference, hosted by GI Arts, facilitates workshops and presentations for funders to explore innovative strategies, share best practices and collectively contribute to the growth and sustainability of the arts sector.

  1. Art Curators Conference | The Association of Art Museum Curators

Want to celebrate, advance and advocate for the curatorial narrative? This conference is an essential gathering for curators and museum professionals dedicated to enhancing the understanding and practice of art curation in diverse cultural contexts.

  1. AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo Hub | American Alliance of Museums  

The American Alliance of Museums brings together professionals from the museum and cultural sectors to learn about and showcase innovative museum practices. There is a rich program of sessions, workshops and exhibits to help advance the field of museum management and engagement.

We hope you get a chance to attend some of these incredible nonprofit conferences! If you would like to attend one of Nonprofit Learning Lab’s Nonprofit Labs coming up in 2024 you can use the code friend10 for $10 off your registration! We hope to see you in Denver, Los Angeles, and/or Philadelphia!


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1 Comment

Aimee West
Aimee West
a day ago

😎 Thank you for mentioning GrantSummit powered by GPA as one of the best in-person conferences to attend. Registration opens on June 1, 2024 for our event in Denver, Co, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, and online October 30 - November 2, 2024.

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