Nonprofit conferences serve as avenues for us to meet all the players in the industry – philanthropists, volunteer bodies, nonprofit professionals, donors, corporate partners, and more. However, as a result of the pandemic, things have changed – and a lot of work, conferences, and shows have become virtual, including, of course, nonprofit conferences.


While being at a conference physically has stopped, the conferences themselves are still ongoing, this time around, virtually. This year, a lot of nonprofit conferences are coming up, from donor-centric ones to conferences that bring all the nonprofit professionals together to share ideas and carve new paths for the sector going forward.

We gathered some of the best conferences that every nonprofit organization, professional or philanthropist should attend.

Feeding America Annual Conference 2021

Date: 27th – 29th April, 2021 (Virtual)

If you are a nonprofit organization, philanthropist, or volunteer looking to end hunger or contribute to the food security sector in America, you shouldn’t miss the Feeding America 2021 Virtual Conference. The virtual conference will bring together over 60,000 food pantries and 200 food banks who are part of the Feeding America network to deliberate on the way forward. Attendees will learn more about the food industry, hunger alleviation, food security, and get to meet executives, philanthropists, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations changing lives.

CityGate Network Nevermore Conference 2021 (In-Person)

Date: 16th – 19th September 2021

Whiles many nonprofit conferences have gone virtual, the CityGate Network Nevermore Conference will be held in-person coming September in Baltimore, Maryland. “The theme “Nevermore” will focus on funding strategy, crisis response plans, collaboration and overcoming injustice in society. This three day event will feature seminars, group dinners and discussions focused on advancing your nonprofit mission, fundraising ideas and collaboration to help grow your cause.”

ISTR2021 – Global Virtual Conference

Date JULY 12- 15, 2021

“Civil society plays a crucial part in promoting cosmopolitan ideals of collective responsibility, global citizenship, tolerance, inclusivity, and sustainability.  Our virtual conference will consider the roles of NGOs, third sector and civil society organizations, broadly defined, in relation to civil society, state and markets in democratic contexts; challenges and opportunities of advocacy and campaigning in an era of “fake news”; governance, management, adaptation and sustainability of organizations; hybridity, legitimacy and the third sector; models of philanthropy and voluntarism; social movements and political participation in authoritarian and austere times; development and sustainability: the role of civil society; diversity, inequalities and civil society; social economy, social innovation and the third sector, and emerging areas of theory, pedagogy and practice.”

The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization (NIO) Summit (In-Person)

Date: September 21 to 23 in Austin, TX

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, you’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, you’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.”

AFP Conference (Hybrid – Virtual and In-Person)

Date: November 7 to 10 in Washington, D.C./Online

“Every year, over 6,500 corporate finance professionals attend the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) annual conference to get their hands on a diverse offering of educational sessions that inspire, teach, and help transform both their career and nonprofit. By registering for the in-person event, you’ll gain access to all networking opportunities, speakers, and solution providers, plus full-access to the virtual offering through December 31, 2021.”