In our roll-up-my-sleeves and get-r-done, scrappy nature, we tend to take advantage of any and all resources at our fingertips in the nonprofit sector. We do everything we can to save money, achieve our mission and learn as much as possible at home or from our office. The problem is that we can only get so far by teaching ourselves through YouTube videos and endlessly searching Google.
To our delight, there are several nonprofit conferences designed to get us out of the desk chair and into the same room as the best of the best, in and out of the sector – to learn, interact and reignite our fires.
Trying to figure out which conferences to attend can be daunting, but we’ve sifted through and found seven of the most notable, can’t-miss nonprofit conferences in 2017 (in no particular order).
Cause Camp is a conference put on by yours truly, Nonprofit Hub, and will be hosted March 27-28 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at Nebraska Innovation Campus. If you haven’t noticed yet, we recently announced our speaker lineup and we couldn’t be more excited.
Lectures are left for the classroom. Cause Camp will leave you inspired, enlightened and give you the action items you need to make a change in your organization immediately. This year we’ll be diving into:
- Nonprofit Marketing
- Fresh fundraising perspectives
- Tangible problem-solving
In the past five years, Cause Camp has brought hundreds of nonprofit professionals together from all over North America and throughout the world. Thanks to cutting-edge streaming capabilities, Cause Camp is able to deliver inspiration and education to anyone with an internet connection if they can’t be with us in-person in Lincoln.
Inbound 2017 is sponsored by Hubspot and hosted in Boston, MA, September 25-28. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t know what Inbound was, but in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s dedicated to “fueling the passion that drives the most innovative and successful business leaders of our time.” Past speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk, Anna Kendrick, Serena Williams and Seth Godin.
Topics covered include:
- Content marketing
The 2017 conference details haven’t been released yet, but the 2016 conference was a sold out show. From everything we heard, it was truly game-changing. It takes place in Chicago and teaches organizations how to get more supporters excited about your cause to raise more money. They’ve featured speakers including Maeve Strathy, Rachel Muir and Steven Shattuck.
Storytelling tracks include:
- The fundamentals of nonprofit storytelling
- Direct mail storytelling
- Online storytelling
- Major giving storytelling
AFP International is hosting their 54th International Fundraising Conference April 30-May 2 in San Francisco, California. The content is all centered around changing the rules of the philanthropic and fundraising space.
There will be over 100 sessions over the 5-day conference covering:
- Relationship building
- Securing the gift
MCON is a fresh take at changing the world. It’s not a nonprofit conference per say, it’s a social change conference. The conference is for (taken straight from their site) “people who give a damn about social change and want to turn their interest into action.” It’s put on by Achieve Agency, and it blurs the lines between for-profits and nonprofits, gathering leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs, taking their passions and turning them into action.
They’ve featured speakers including Matt Bellassai, Minka Kelly, and several higher-ups of benefit corporations – not to mention Cause Camp 2017 speaker, Derrick Feldmann.
MCON covers all things social good including:
- For-Profits for good
BloomCon is hosted by our friends at Bloomerang in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, February 13. It’s dedicated to sharing research and best practices that will help organizations increase their potential. They draw in speakers from across the nonprofit sector including Simone Joyaux, Rachel Muir and Ross Hendrickson.
They’ll cover topics including:
- Fundraising strategies
- Donor retention
- Nonprofit marketing
- Communication best-practices
Social Good Tech Week is a week-long experience that brings together thousands of people and tech ideas to “create and scale social change.” It’s hosted in San Francisco, California. The event exists because the companies and organizations dedicated to making a change in the world deserve to have the best of the best in technology. Social Good Tech Week strives to solve the world’s most challenging problems by way of innovative tech.
The week-long event includes:
- Tech think tanks
- Technology and activism keynotes
- Newest tech product demos
- Hacktivism Q&As
I can’t even count on both hands the number of conferences I would like to attend in 2017. Attending them gives you the chance to continue learning, improve your skillset and the ability to make a change. This is just a shortlist of notable conferences in 2017.
Getting out of the office and changing up your routines will help prevent burnout and continue your professional growth. Keep these conferences on your radar, and hopefully we see you in Lincoln for Cause Camp 2017.