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13 of the Best Nonprofit Conferences to Attend in 2022

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By Hannah Durbin

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Published March 16, 2022 Reading Time: 8 minutes

Every year, nonprofit conferences provide the opportunity for fundraising professionals to come together to discuss the global state of the social sector.

In 2021, organizations shifted to virtual and hybrid event models to prioritize safety and accessibility amid changing COVID-19 regulations. As 2022 unfolds, the return of in-person conferences and innovative hybrid events will provide more opportunity for connection and collaboration.

We’re helping you find the best nonprofit conferences of 2022 with this comprehensive list of can’t-miss events. No matter your role in the social sector, these conferences will leave you feeling inspired and ready to tackle your biggest goals of the year.

 

Best Overall Nonprofit Conferences

The Collaborative 

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When: June 15 to 16

Where: Philadelphia, PA/Virtual

Collaborative, brought to you by Classy, is a two-day experience curated specifically for nonprofit professionals. With fundraising and technology at the forefront of the conversation, attendees will explore leading best practices and learn how to leverage the latest technology to amplify their impact. 

After two years of a virtual-only event, the Collaborative is back in two flexible formats: in person in Philadelphia or virtually from the comfort of your home. Attend dozens of live sessions developed in partnership with industry experts and practitioners based on the current fundraising landscape, or tune in remotely to the third-annual Collaborative: Virtual Sessions for exclusive, online-only content reserved for our virtual audiences.

Join us for the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of experts and leading minds, including:

Deesha Dyer,

Award-Winning Strategist & Community Organizer; Former White House Social Secretary

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Sarah Porter

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Hope for Haiti

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Woodrow Rosenbaum

Chief Data Officer at Giving Tuesday

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Dana Snyder

CEO & Founder of Positive Equation

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Alan Stininger

Executive Director of Development Operations & Programs at Shriners Childrens’

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Classy believes that an important part of what makes this conference exceptional is its lineup of high-caliber speakers and presenters. Stay tuned for more details on who will be making their way to the Collaborative stage this year.

What to Expect 

  • Two full days dedicated to fundraising and technology
  • Engaging sessions led by a diverse group of expert speakers 
  • Hands-on workshops that empower you to raise more for your mission 
  • Networking opportunities that offer meaningful connection and collaboration
  • Tangible takeaways and actionable next steps for you to implement into your day-to-day tasks

Classy customers attending the Collaborative are also invited to the first-ever User Conference as part of their event experience. Learn how to maximize Classy products and exceed fundraising goals at this customer-only bonus day.

Discuss common issues, brainstorm solutions, and explore proven concepts in one-of-a-kind sessions. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear proven tactics for success from industry experts and peers, improve your fundraising skillset with live Classy Academy lessons, and more.

Virtuous Responsive Nonprofit Summit 

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When: April 20 to 21

Where: Virtual

The Responsive Nonprofit Summit is a virtual learning experience for forward-thinking nonprofits. Dedicate two days to informative sessions and hands-on workshops to build better systems and strategies to help your nonprofit grow.

What to Expect 

  • High-level insights into the latest fundraising and nonprofit marketing trends
  • Practical tips and lively discussions with industry experts
  • Information to equip your team to grow giving and strengthen supporter connections
  • Hands-on workshops that leave you feeling empowered and ready to take action

Be challenged and get inspired to build lasting donor relationships and increase your impact with confidence. 

Nonprofit Marketing Conferences

2022 Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference

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When: July 27 to 29

Where: National Harbor, MD

The 17th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference is your chance to collaborate with nonprofit professionals, consultants, agencies, and other marketing experts on strategic ways to elevate your voice and change the world.

What to Expect 

  • Dynamic keynotes, panels, and workshops on the latest fundraising strategies, techniques, and innovations  
  • Ample networking opportunities to organically extend the conversation beyond each session
  • Insights into major donor fundraising and its impact on overall revenue
  • 60 breakout sessions tailored specifically to nonprofit professionals 

The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit 

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When: September 20 to 22

Where: Kansas City, MO

The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit (NIO) is designed for those who want to grow their skills in online fundraising and marketing. Hear from hand-selected experts worldwide on how to become an innovative digital marketer and raise more to fuel your worthy cause. 

What to Expect 

  • Inspiring new ideas from cutting-edge digital marketers 
  • Secrets to building a culture of perpetual learning and performance improvement 
  • Preview of new technology solutions in a no-pressure, sales-free environment
  • Networking opportunities with fellow innovators from both the nonprofit and for-profit space
  • Instant access to your own experiment research library 
  • 100% money-back guarantee if you don’t walk away with new ideas to grow your fundraising and marketing 

Nonprofit Technology Conferences

Good Tech Fest 2022

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When: May 10 to 11

Where: Virtual

Good Tech Fest is a conference about how to take advantage of everything technology has to offer to support and scale the efforts of nonprofits, government, philanthropy, and social enterprise. From data science to mobile applications, this conference is intended to remind you that the potential is limitless.

What to Expect 

  • Sessions led by data science and technology professionals on ways to implement technology in your nonprofit programs 
  • Conversations on the role of machine learning and data analytics in your organization
  • Discussions around data ethics and security 
  • First-hand insight from practitioners on how they are utilizing data science in their work 

All attendees will gain access to a global community via Slack and be able to access all sessions online. Take advantage of this opportunity to go deeper into the world of data science and develop the skills needed to operate at the highest level.

Nonprofit Summit 2022

Nonprofit Summit 2022

When: May 17 to 18

Where: Virtual

Join the Salesforce team for community, innovation, and inspiration at the Second Annual Nonprofit Summit. Learn from several impressive speakers, industry changemakers, and educational breakout sessions about the impact of relationships and technology on the global community.

What to Expect 

  • 28 sessions across five tracks on how to increase your impact 
  • Access to the global mainstage that will showcase the latest innovations in the industry
  • Collaboration opportunities with peers and experts to get questions answered in real time 
  • Hands-on learning to take your skills to the next level

NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference

NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference

When: March 23 to 25

Where: Virtual

The annual Nonprofit Technology Conference is hosted by NTEN to help nonprofit professionals understand the benefits of technology, innovation, and forward-thinking. Every aspect is planned with their community, focusing on accessibility, equity, and inclusivity.

Regardless of your job, role, or life experience, you will walk away feeling more knowledgeable and passionate about your work and your organization’s impact on the world.

What to Expect 

  • Over 150 sessions covering digital inclusion, fundraising, IT, leadership, marketing and communications, and program development
  • Inspiring keynote speakers and thought-provoking breakout opportunities
  • Community conversations to share stories and create connection in a relaxed environment
  • Guided art, music, and activities to decompress throughout the day

Every session will be recorded and available to watch on-demand for three months following the conference. Register now for a relaxed and enjoyable way to build expertise to further both your organization’s mission and your personal career. 

Nonprofit Leadership Conferences

Engage for Good 2022

Engage for Good 2022

When: May 17 to 19

Where: Atlanta, GA

Engage for Good is where business and corporate social impact leaders come to grow their knowledge and network. With content for your colleagues from Marketing, Program Design, and even Human Resources, this three-day conference will help maximize your potential on the world of social impact.

What to Expect 

  • Targeted sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities that will link you to pros from other organizations who share your experience or social impact focus
  • Interactive programming and breakouts that address your most pressing questions
  • Access to critical data and benchmarking to measure your influence against others in the space

Nonprofit Alliance 2022 Leadership Summit

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When: March 30 to April 1

Where: Washington, DC

Join fellow nonprofit industry leaders at the Nonprofit Alliance 2022 Leadership Summit to learn how to navigate the world’s evolving business and service models and harness the power of transformation to strengthen your impact.

What to Expect 

  • Networking facilitation techniques that stimulate critical conversations and liberate the full potential of any group or individual
  • Bonus Pre-Summit Day, included in your Summit registration
  • Discussions on leadership burnout and ways to recharge your vitality and endurance 
  • Insight from top leaders on ways to build a roadmap to success 
  • Networking reception to close each day in a more relaxed, comfortable environment

Upswell Summit 2022

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When: November 15

Where: Virtual

The Upswell Summit is about building a healthy and racially just nation. Come together with fellow thought leaders, inspired innovators, and influential creators to learn how to build bridges across our shared humanity and tackle the most challenging parts of building a racially equitable nation.

What to Expect 

  • Main stage sessions and workshops to bring your best ideas and strategies into clear focus
  • Networking opportunities to create new relationships and deepen existing ones
  • Discussions about what our current political landscape means for our communities
  • A look ahead to 2023 and how to transform our society’s systems toward a shared vision

Nonprofit Fundraising Conferences

AFP Icon 2022

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When: May 2 to 4

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and designed specifically with fundraising experts and professionals in mind, the AFP ICON brings together approximately 4,000 attendees each year to discuss, teach, and learn the latest fundraising trends and best practices.

What to Expect 

  • Impressive keynote speakers like Allyson Felix, seven-time Olympic Champion, and Zainab Salbi, bestselling author and journalist
  • More than 100 total educational sessions on leadership, relationship building, trends and innovation, and more to help unlock your fundraising potential
  • Seven education tracks including everything from health care to ethics, accountability, and professionalism 
  • Pre-Conference Workshop for an additional registration fee 

Cause Camp 

Cause Camp 

When: May 2 to 3

Where: Grand Rapids, MI

The Cause Camp Nonprofit Conference is returning in-person with top industry speakers, engaging breakout sessions, and one-on-one networking to collaborate with and learn from other leading minds in the space. Ignite your purpose and walk away with actionable strategies you can use right away.

What to Expect 

  • The best and brightest speakers who are working in or with the nonprofit sector
  • Breakout sessions that truly inform 
  • Attendee toolkit complete with swag and other resources to elevate your experience 
  • Prizes for the most engaged attendees 
  • Access to a one-year pass to the Cause Network, a premier nonprofit membership in the U.S.

NonProfit Power 

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When: December 5 to 6

Where: Philadelphia, PA

NonProfit Power is an all-inclusive experience for qualified attendees to gain insights into the latest peer-to-peer fundraising strategies, technology solutions, and latest direct marketing tactics. 

What to Expect 

  • Opportunity for connection and relationship building with leaders across the nonprofit spectrum 
  • Direct insights from key decision makers at leading nonprofit organizations 
  • Access to best-in-class fundraising solutions across three key educational tracks

Don’t Miss Out on the Top Nonprofit Conferences of the Year

Nonprofit conferences keep you at the top of your game. It doesn’t matter what your level of experience is, or what specific function you have at your organization. Choose the best conferences for your nonprofit in 2022 that will challenge you in new ways, deliver the strongest ROI, and allow you to expand and strengthen your network.

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