The 2019 Conference Guide for Nonprofit Fundraising Professionals

January 1, 2019
Eliza Parish

There’s an abundance of nonprofit conferences out there – we’re narrowing down the best ones for your fundraising team.

Looking for some great conferences to attend this year to stay on top of the most relevant fundraising trends?  We’ve rounded up a list to keep your fundraising team informed and effective.

Annual Conference for Donor Relations Professionals

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) | June 3-5 2019, San Diego

This conference is designed for newcomers to the advancement profession and professionals with mid- and senior-level responsibility.  Some of the takeaways include:

  • How to build or strengthen your donor relations program
  • Learn new ways to engage, steward and cultivate your organization’s donors
  • Gain a greater understanding of the best practices of donor relations and stewardship and learn how to apply them in your own organization
  • Ensure your donor relations program is campaign ready
EFG2019 (Engage for Good)

Engage for Good | May 29-30, 2019,  Chicago

One of the the only conferences that focuses exclusively on the intersection of cause and commerce.  Attendees include, corporate, nonprofit and agencies looking to advance social cause partnerships.  Some of the takeaways include:

  • Great networking opportunities across sectors
  • Insights from corporate CSR executives for what they are looking for in successful cause partnerships
  • How to pitch to new and existing partners
  • Social engagement strategies to increase revenue
2019 Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference

Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum | Feb 27-28 2019, New Orleans

The largest annual conference focused on the needs of peer-to-peer fundraising professionals.  If you are fundraising for the Run, Walk, Cycle and DIY space this is a great conference to stay up to speed on the big issues, as well as opportunities to dive into specific areas of fundraising.  Some of the takeaways include:

  • New digital technology trends for fundraising
  • Specialized sessions for Endurance Programs, Large National Programs, Cycling Programs, DIY, and others
  • Different approaches to working with Facebook fundraising
  • Understanding data privacy and protection
Association of Fundraising Philanthropy:  International Conference on Fundraising

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) | March 31-April 2 2019, San Antonio

AFP ICON brings over 4,000 fundraising professionals together to discuss, teach, and learn about new development issues.  This conference also hosts a massive exhibitor marketplace and plenty of educational opportunities focused on donor growth and innovative fundraising opportunities.

Western Canada Fundraising Conference

Fundraising Pharmacy| June 12-14, 2019, Saskatoon, SK, CAN

WCFC offers a unique and incredibly affordable opportunity for you to connect with leading fundraising professionals working with charities and not-for-profit organizations around Western Canada. Industry leading experts from Europe, the USA and across Canada offer an unparalleled opportunity for learning and networking.  Also, If you are a small nonprofit and have a tiny budget, you can apply to attend the conference for free!  Some of the takeaways include:

  • Building a digital fundraising program
  • How to build donor loyalty
  • Progressive fundraising opportunities
  • Sponsorship best practices
Nonprofit Innovation and Optimization Summit

NextAfter | Sept 24-25, 2019, Denver

The premier conference for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers looking to grow their online fundraising.  Over the course of two days, attendees will learn proven and research-driven strategies from leading experts, participate in hands-on training sessions, and discover all the tools needed to grow online fundraising and revenue.  Some of the takeaways include:

  • Digital marketing strategies to give your nonprofit an edge
  • An “Innovation Showcase” to test out new technology for fundraising
  • Hands-on testing and platform optimization opportunities
  • Sessions directed for both fundraising executives and fundraising practitioners
2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

NTEN | March 13-15 2019, Portland

The Nonprofit Technology conference convenes with more than 2,000 nonprofit attendees to collaborate, innovate, and discover new ways to spark change with technology.  Over 200 sessions in 5 tracks that will cover all aspects of nonprofit technology.  Some of the takeaways include:

  • Maintaining our data and building trust with more divisiveness, fake news, and cyber attacks
  • The future of work: Changes happening now and on the horizon that impact how we work
  • Changing the nonprofit and tech sectors: We know the problems but how we do fundamentally shift the sectors
  • Demystifying impacts on the sector: What do things like net neutrality, copyright law, PCI compliance, the Johnson Amendment, and more mean for us as individual nonprofits and as a sector

With so many great nonprofit conferences this year, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to choose the one that is just the fit for you.  We’d love to hear your reviews and conference recommendations in our comments sections.  Drop us a line if you have something to add!