Top 2021 Nonprofit and Marketing Conferences

Here are the conferences that through a global pandemic, have adapted to bring you excellent nonprofit and marketing virtual gatherings. Many of which still capture the in-person relationship building and networking opportunities you gain from an in-person event.

And all of which for sure don't disappoint on the practical and inspiration conference take-aways.


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Raise Even More Together Summit โ€” Jan 27

A Virtual Summit for Nonprofits Fundraisers


I actually had the chance to speak at this conference last year, and am happy to share that I will be again this January.

The Raise More Together Summit, by Out in the Boons, shares expertise from some of the most exceptional and diverse voices in fundraising, marketing, and anything a charity deals with. There are expert on finance, development and even managing a board that will be featured at this year's conference. And you seriously don't want to miss it!

Pro Serve IT's #Empower2021 โ€” Jan 27

Virtual Conference for Nonprofits & Charities


"#Empower2021 is a full-day virtual conference designed specifically for nonprofits and charities, small and large. The objectives of the event are to provide premium content curated for nonprofits and charities and an opportunity to be fully immersed in the event - just the way that youโ€™d feel at an in-person conference!

#Empower2021 has four streams, with 3 to 8 sessions per stream:

  • Leadership
  • IT
  • Fundraising/donor relations; and
  • Marketing/communications

This annual conference takes place on January 27th, 2021.


Yale Philanthropy Conference 2021 โ€” Feb 11


"Launched in 2004, the Yale Philanthropy Conference is a student-run convening held at the Yale School of Management, and host to philanthropic and nonprofit leaders who seek to tackle the social sector's most pressing challenges.


Jewish Funders Network International Conference โ€” Feb 15

"Our 2021 International Conference will bring together technology and design to promote the peer-to-peer connection and learning that make our live conferences so magical. An energizing, active, and fun online experience, it will cure your Zoom fatigue.

The conference will run each day from 11 am โ€“ 3 pm Eastern (5 pm โ€“ 9 pm Israel; 8 am โ€“ 11 am Pacific)."

ANA's Leadership in Challenging Times Conference โ€” Feb 17


"As marketingโ€™s evolution accelerates, you need to keep up. At the ANA Nonprofit Federation Winter Conference, youโ€™ll hear case studies and success stories from experts and industry leaders that will offer you actionable solutions to the issues and challenges that you face in todayโ€™s challenging and dynamic environment.

This conference brings together fundraising and marketing professionals to exchange innovative ideas and collaborate with colleagues to generate creative strategies to help you build and strengthen the relationship with your donors."

Fundraising Institute of Australia Conference โ€” Feb 24


"The world is changing. Fundraising is changing. And the FIA Conference is changing too. In 2021, the FIA Conference is going virtual โ€“ but with a twist.

Demand for charity services is at an all-time high and more than ever we need to be effective, decisive and resilient so that our organisations can survive and thrive. FIA Conference 2021 will give you the opportunity to discover new ideas as well as reconnect with colleagues and suppliers both virtually and physically!"

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Peer to Peer Fundraising Forum โ€” Mar 1

Rebuilding for the Future


"Peer-to-peer fundraising is evolving at an unprecedented pace, your job is likely harder than ever before and your playbook has been thrown out the window.

Join us for a digital event like no other to learn from some of the smartest minds in p2p fundraising and build your playbook for success in 2021 and beyond!"

The Funders Network Virtual Conference: Rise Together โ€” Mar 15

"TFNโ€™s 2021 Virtual Conference: Rise Together will create a virtual space for funders to explore the strategies and stories that are creating more equitable, sustainable, and resilient places to live โ€” work that has taken on increased urgency as we face the dual challenges of a global pandemic and structural racism.

In keeping with our 2021 Virtual Conference theme โ€” Rise Together โ€” weโ€™ve encouraged session ideas that are interdisciplinary, cross-cutting and grounded in racial equity."

SXSW Social and Global Impact Sessions โ€” Mar 16

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Introducing SXSW Online, a digital experience from March 16โ€“20, 2021 including keynotes, Conference sessions, Music Festival showcases, Film Festival screenings, world-class networking, and the unexpected discoveries that are always a part of SXSW."

Nonprofit Technology Conference โ€” Mar 23


"The NTC goes virtual in 2021 with over 100 live, interactive sessions, thought-provoking and inspiring keynote speakers, and opportunities to connect with the community and sponsors."



Classy's Collaborate Conference โ€” TBD


"The Can't-Miss Nonprofit Conference of the Year

We have high hopes that we can come together in person next year for the 2021 Collaborative. We will be monitoring the ongoing situation closely and are committed to having our event in some capacity next summer. Sign up here to be the first to know about registration details when they become available."


Social Innovation Summit 2021 โ€” TBD

"Ready, Set, Innovate.

The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that represents a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, we bring together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it.

Social Innovation Summit has always prided ourselves on being a community of people who are motivated to take action. In this time of crisis, our network can rise to the occasion and we can serve as the virtual convening place where the most important conversations take place for vital partnerships to be quickly developed and quickly engaged."

Association of Fundraising Professionals ICON โ€” June 28

"The Worldโ€™s No. 1 Conference for Fundraising Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and AFP ICON is still here to give you all the fundraising training, trends, and meaningful connections you need to make more impact.

AFP ICON VIRTUAL will return June 28-30, 2021, no matter what. And weโ€™re planning to safely hold an in-person conference because we know how valuable and powerful that experience can be.

Get ready for three unforgettable days, together as one fundraising community."


National Conference of Volunteering and Service: Points of Light โ€” July 14

"The Points of Light Conference is a global convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders who connect, collaborate, gain and share the knowledge and resources needed to galvanize the power of people to create change."



NIO Summit โ€” Sept 21

Nonprofit Innovation and Optimization Summit by NextAfter

For online fundraising and digital marketing



The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit is the premier conference for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers looking to grow their online fundraising. Rather than have an open call for speakers, we hand-select the leading experts in marketing and fundraising innovation from around the world, and bring them all under one roof to teach us how to achieve real and tangible online fundraising growth.

Over the course of two days, youโ€™ll learn proven and research-driven strategies from these leading experts, participate in hands-on training sessions, and discover all the tools you need to grow your online fundraising and revenue.

Through extensive networking opportunities, youโ€™ll gather new ideas and learnings from a community of nonprofit marketers and fundraisers like yourself who are seeking the most innovative solutions and strategies to grow their revenue."


Cause Camp โ€” TBD


"Our team is excited to offer you the same vibrant programming including keynote speakers, the Inspire series, and workshops. All attendees will have access to the on-demand recordings for one month after the conference.

We hope that you will join us for this reimagined event, and celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to Cause the Change. Our two-day virtual event will take place in October 2021."

Upswell โ€” TBD

"No matter your mission, one thing is true for all of us: we canโ€™t go back to the way things were.

Upswell 2020 brought together more than 2,000 changemakers from across the nation to first thoroughly interrogate systems of racial injustice and consider the sweeping damage caused by the pandemic โ€” and then collectively propose designs a better future every person can thrive."


Nonprofit Storytelling Conference โ€” Nov 1

San Diego, CA

"Come to the 2021 conference and learn how to raise more money by telling better stories.

You'll learn how to craft and tell better stories in these three main categories: Fundraising, Leadership and Communications"

Cause Conference โ€” TBD

"Whether your work is with small businesses, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, government agencies, or academic institutions, the Cause Conference community will help you engage, explore, innovate, and implement better sustainable solutions to amplify your impact."


Salesforce's Dreamforce Nonprofit Conference โ€” TBD


"We believe that business is the greatest platform for change and that companies must serve not just their shareholders, but also their stakeholders. At Dreamforce to You, Salesforce will donate $2 million to a fund dedicated to helping small businesses in San Francisco and $3 million to support charities that address health, hunger, and climate action."

Let's Make Your Fundraising Way Easier ๐ŸŽ‰

Claim your guide to becoming a digital fundraising expert. And start raising way more!

Let's Make Your Fundraising Way Easier ๐ŸŽ‰

Claim your plan to make fundraising easy.