Your First Look at the Top Nonprofit Conferences for 2019

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Conferences are a great way to expand your knowledge and make valuable connections in the nonprofit world. Check out these great events you can begin adding to your calendar for the new year. Also, make sure to reference our 7 networking tips for nonprofits before you go!

1. collaborative

When: June 11 - 13, 2019

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

Collaborative is a bit different than your average conference! This casual format helps you to build more genuine connections through hands on workshops and fireside chats. This event is put on by Classy.

2. Cause Camp

When: March 25 - 26, 2019

Where: Lincoln, Nebraska

Cause Camp is an annual conference put on by Nonprofit Hub. This event focuses on marketing, fundraising, leadership, innovation and much more!

3. Nonprofit Technology Conference

When: March 13 - 15, 2019

Where: Portland, Oregon

Technology in the nonprofit world is always changing! Help stay up to date by attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference. There are nearly 200 sessions touching on technology management, fundraising and development, operations, and much more.

4. SXSW Social & Global Impact

When: March 8 - 13, 2019

Where: Austin, Texas

The iconic South by Southwest conference has a track suited for nonprofit professionals; Social and Global Impact! The nonprofit community will be joined by activists and entertainers in sessions that foster idea sharing on the topics of social and global good.

5. bbcon

Where: October 15 - 17, 2019

When: Nashville, Tennessee

Blackbaud hosts bbcon, a conference that brings the nonprofit community together to discuss tech innovation in the sector. You’ll experience speakers, sessions and invaluable networking opportunities.

6. Washington Nonprofit Conference

When: February 13 - 15, 2019

Where: Washington DC

The Washington Nonprofit Conference is put on the by the DMA (the largest US data and marketing association) and its nonprofit federation. This conference will teach you how to strengthen relationships with your donors through innovative fundraising and marketing ideas.

7. Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference

When: New Orleans, Louisiana

Where: February 27 - 28, 2019

The 2019 Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference is a great place to join hundreds of professional colleagues to hear about the latest trends, share success strategies and make valuable connections. This will help make peer-to-peer fundraising work even better for your organization!

Conference tips

Just showing up to a conference is not enough! Here are some helpful tips we provided for you in last year’s post:

1. Know Your Budget 

Conferences can be expensive so do your research and pick the few that fit your nonprofit's needs. Also, be sure to book flights and hotels well in advance to get the cheapest rates. 

2. Be Prepared

Join email lists and follow the conference on social media so you don't miss any important updates. Also, familiarize yourself with the agenda and check out everybody who will be attending. 

3. Network, Network, Network 

Conferences are a great opportunity to meet new and exciting people. Make sure to make connections with both the experts and the other attendees. Don't forget to bring extra business cards! 

4. Take Notes

You are going to learn a lot while you're at a conference, make sure to write down the highlights so you can share with your coworkers. Take notes so you remember to follow up with your new connections as well! 


If you have more questions about nonprofit strategy you can always reach out to the DipJar fundraising experts for help. It's what we love to do!