Top 10 Nonprofit Conferences for 2021

Alliance  ·  June 01, 2021

Need info on the top nonprofit conferences to mark on your calendar for 2020 and 2021? In this article, we have compiled a list of our top choices worth considering for the coming months.

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Empower 2021

Empower 2021 is a full day conference hosted virtually by Microsoft in January to help nonprofits learn new techniques to help them spread word about their cause and scale their mission. Over 30 sessions will be available for nonprofit employees in the Leadership, IT, Fundraising/Donor Relations, and Marketing/Communications space, as well as discussion from three keynote speakers. Visit site

ANA Nonprofit Federation Winter Conference

The ANA Nonprofit FederationWinter Conference will take place virtually on February 17th and 18th of next year. Discussion topics will include case studies and success stories from leaders in the nonprofit space as well as solutions ideas for challenges your organization might be facing due to current environmental issues. This event also provides networking opportunities among marketing and fundraising professionals. Visit site

Elevate 2021

The Elevate 2021 Conference will be held virtually on February 24th- 26th. This conference focuses on successful social sector leadership and how to manage your nonprofit organization during these uncertain times. This three day event will discuss workforce trends, leadership and advocacy for nonprofits. Over 20 sessions will be available for the event, and includes discussion from four live keynote speakers. Visit site

The Funders Network 2021 Rise Together Conference

The Funders Network 2021 Rise Together Conference has decided to move virtually for its March 2021 event. The conference will provide a space for funders to explore new strategies, especially during these challenging pandemic times. The conference theme “Rise Together” focuses the sessions ideas around racial equity. Learn new ways to amplify racial justice in ways that are both meaningful and impactful during this virtual conference event. Visit site

The Nonprofit Technology Conference

The Nonprofit Technology Conference will be held virtually in late March of 2021. The event features over 100 interactive sessions and also includes discussion from keynote speakers in the nonprofit technology space. If you are looking to learn more about how technology plays a role in the nonprofit space in today’s world this is the event for you. Networking opportunities among conference attendees will also be available for this event. NTEN members receive $250 off registration for this event. Visit site

Gateway to Giving NAYDO 2021

This year’s 2021 Gateway to Giving NAYDO conference hosted by the YMCA will be held as a virtual event only from April 13-15th of 2021. The event features educational workshops, keynote speakers, virtual exhibits and YMCA Impact Tours. Educational workshops will be focused on different nonprofit roles such as financial development staff, marketing and communications directors, grant writers, fundraising volunteers, board members and membership directors. Visit site

Organizing 2.0

Organizing 2.0 will be held virtually from April 16-17 2021. The event provides different nonprofit professionals such as fundraisers and activities the opportunity to network and participate in various discussions around nonprofit strategy. The conference also will feature workshops, training and speaking engagements to discuss topics such as digital strategy and web design for nonprofit organizations and how to increase member engagement. Visit site

Collective Impact Action Summit

The Collective Impact Action Summit is a 3 day event held virtually from April 27-29 2021 and offered to all nonprofit professionals. This large event features over 25 online sessions and allows thought leaders in the nonprofit sector to share lessons learned within the areas of collective action, equality, and their approach to the challenges of COVID 19. Visit site

Cause Camp

Cause Camp offers two events this year for nonprofit professionals, a virtual session on May 11th 2021 and marketing bootcamp to follow on May 12-13th. The event is hosted by two online educational organizations Nonprofit Hub and Do More Good. This event will feature networking opportunities, speaking engagements from nonprofit thought leaders and workshops to further develop nonprofit mission and branding. Visit site

Engage for Good

Engage for Good is a virtual nonprofit conference held from May 25-27th 2021. The event is available to both non and for profit organizations and includes networking, workshops as well as an awards section to recognize notable professionals in the areas of cause marketing and corporate social impact. Visit site

Social Innovation Summit

The Social Innovation Summit will be held virtually from June 8th-10th 2021. The event focuses on key topics in 2021 such as impacts of COVID 19, diversity and inclusion, next generation learning and mental health awareness. This event is a combination of speaking engagements to inspire nonprofit professionals as well as workshops and discussion opportunities for nonprofit professionals to share strategies and ideas for growing their impact. Visit site

CityGate Network Nevermore Conference 2021

The CityGate Network Nevermore Conference 2021 has been rescheduled due to COVID 19 and will take place this coming June 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme “Nevermore” will focus on funding strategy, crisis response plans, collaboration and overcoming injustice in society. This three day event will feature seminars, group dinners and discussions focused on advancing your nonprofit mission, fundraising ideas and collaboration to help grow your cause. Visit site

Fundraising Convention

The Fundraising Convention, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Funding, will be held virtually from July 5-7th 2021. The focus of this year’s event is on building fundraising skills both digitally and in person. The event features interactive sessions for nonprofit professionals to discuss fundraising strategies and listen to thought leaders in the space during various speaking engagements. Visit site

Bridge Conference

The Bridge Conference will be held virtually from July 14th-15th 2021 allowing nonprofit professionals to increase their knowledge on key topics such as fundraising strategies and innovations. With over 60 breakout sessions and plenty of networking opportunities, this event will inspire many nonprofits professionals on how to improve their impact. Visit site

NIO Summit and the Fundraising Factory

The NIO Summit and the Fundraising Factory is a two day event hosted from September 21-23 for nonprofit professionals. The key topic for this event is online fundraising, and the event will provide attendees with plenty of workshops and networking opportunities to learn new fundraising strategies from some of the industry’s leading experts to help grow their organization online. Visit site

Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference is an event hosted from November 1st-3rd 2021. The event is geared toward nonprofit professionals and marketers, and the focus of this year’s event is on improving how these individuals can better tell their brand’s story in order to improve fundraising and community leadership. Other topics for the event will include social media strategy, online donations and improving relationships within the community. Visit site

Devex World 2020

Ok this one is in 2020 but we had to include Devex’s flagship event . This years is hosted virtually this year on December 10th, allowing anyone in the nonprofit sector the opportunity to attend this year’s event. This event focuses its discussion around business development, movement building and industry innovation, making it a great event for understanding how to grow your nonprofit through technical innovations available today. Other key discussion topics for the event include the COVID 19 pandemic, presidential election, innovations in technology and ideas from industry leaders. VIP access to DevEx world is also available, and offers one- one messaging with attendees, video conferences and networking opportunities. Visit site

Nonprofit Learning Labs

Nonprofit Labs conference events are designed to advance the skills of nonprofit professionals, board members, community leaders and volunteers. The conferences for 2021 will be available in major cities throughout the United States including Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Seattle from September- November 2021. The conferences include hands-on activities such as workshops offered to everyone from new hires to advanced professionals in the nonprofit space. Workshops include practical strategies for key areas such as fundraising, communications, board development and management. Visit site

The Collaborative

The Collaborative will be hosted as a virtual event this year in 2021, and there is no cost to attend. With over 10,000 registrants last year and 50 reputable industry experts lined up for 2021 to discuss important topics relevant to nonprofits such as fundraising and marketing, organizational priorities and financing, technology, leadership and more this is an event you won’t want to miss. The event will also include plenty of one of one discussion and networking opportunities. Visit site

Nonprofit Marketing Summit

The Nonprofit Marketing Summit will be held as a virtual event for 2021 and will be available at no cost for attendance. Last year, the summit had over 10,000 nonprofit marketers attend making this a great opportunity for networking and peer discussion. The event this year will feature over 30 educational sessions as well as also include a variety of nonprofit speakers such as marketing experts, CEOs, executive directors and other thought leaders from organizations such as Facebook, Google and the Cancer Research Institute. Visit site

2021 Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference

The Peer to Peer Fundraising forum was designed to help nonprofits reach fundraising goals and increase return on investment. The event will give nonprofit associations campaigns and guidance to begin fundraising and grow their impact. There is also a Virtual Recording Pass available for this event should you choose to attend and access the sessions remotely. Visit site
22 Nonprofit Summit

For the first time, will be offering a virtual summit event for the nonprofit sector this April, bringing the community together through speaking engagements and over 30 breakout sessions led by industry leaders such as UNICEF, Teach for America, CDC foundation and more. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how to grow their impact through digital transformation, operational strategy and visitor engagement. Visit site

International Fundraising Conference

The International Fundraising Conference brings together over 4,000 nonprofit professionals each year to learn new strategies for improving their organizational impact and innovation. The conference will be offered both in person and virtually for 2021. The conference will feature speaking engagements and workshops on key topics such as leadership and management, ethics, professional development and community engagement. Visit site