While it can be stressful to be out of the office, there are some key nonprofit fundraising and marketing conferences that will leave you refreshed and inspired to return to work life. These are the ones that we’ll be attending (and presenting!) and should be on your list!
The ENCC West, which is a one-day event, is the first of its kind in the region. To celebrate, the conference is absolutely free to show prospective community members what it’s all about. Just prior to NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, ENCC West will feature speakers from certified EN partners and focus on P2P fundraising topics such as engaging multiple generations, using marketing automation for engagement, and new technological tools to enhance engagement.
NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference is one of the best events of the year for Digital Marketers and #19NTC is looking to be excellent, with forward thinking sessions on Data Security, Privacy and GDPR, Responsible Tracking, Data Science and Machine Learning. Hear from leaders from Drupal, WordPress, and Salesforce about what’s coming up in the industry in an inclusive, inviting atmosphere of your peers. CCAH’s very own Brenna Holmes and Chrissy Hyre will be presenting on how best to onboard new donors so they stick with you for the long haul. #19NTCdonorwelcome
AFP ICON is the largest conference for professional fundraisers and is the place to be for fundraising fundamentals. With two days of workshops and three days of educational breakout sessions, AFP ICON is the crash course beginners need and the refresher for more seasoned professionals. Probably the best on the list for an introduction to the industry, participants will see the top fundraising resources in the marketplace and be able to network with four thousand of their peers.
The AAPC is a great event for political fundraising consultants that features industry trends, what’s new in branding and messaging, caucuses, data analytics tools, and the changing media landscape. As a bi-partisan organization, AAPC addresses issues for fundraisers across the aisle, thereby providing great perspective on hot-button issues. Also, it happens to take place in beautiful Napa Valley this year and ends with a networking award ceremony gala – what’s not to love!
Our favorite local organization, the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW), hosts various events for Direct Marketing professionals in the metro DC area including a one-day Data Strategy Forum. A perfect outing from the office that won’t break the bank, the Data Strategy forum covers how multi-channel fundraising can be used to support every channel for a surround sound message for donors. It also plans to cover topical issues such as GDPR, how Direct Mail is thriving in the Digital Age, and P2P fundraising.
DMAW also has a Digital Day Forum a month later, which focuses on putting the digital “tech talk” in laymen’s terms to allow marketing teams to leverage every opportunity that comes their way. Sessions will cover Data Privacy, Donation Page Optimization, Software Selection, SMS and more! CCAH’s very own Colleen Hutchings is an event co-chair and Van Do is on the planning committee.
The Bridge Conference is a name you’ve likely heard of before because it’s the top event for non-profit professionals. Chalk full of networking opportunities, Bridge Conference pushes attendees to share experiences with peers and examine trends across the industry. Last year, the conference focused on how art and science can be brought together for strategic fundraising – meaning both left brain and right brain minds had great sessions that speak to them. This year’s theme “Change the World with Ideas and Ideals” looks to be even better! Sessions will be about the latest strategies, techniques and most current innovations in all areas of fundraising and marketing related to: direct response, individual giving (major and planned giving), corporate giving and special events and much, much more.
Netroots Nation is one of our favorite conferences for progressive political activists! Attendees of Netroots can attend issue-based caucuses, breakout sessions, meet ups with state organizers, and learn how to rally behind and lift minorities in pre-Conference events. Attendees include fundraisers, grassroots organizers, and digital professionals and cover topics such as grassroots organizing, digital communication, and testing and optimization. Sometimes the candidates themselves even make guest appearances!
BBCON is another incredible technology conference for fundraising professionals, put on by the providers themselves, Blackbaud and Convio! This is a particularly helpful event for Blackbaud users, or fundraisers who work with clients who use Blackbaud, as they’re able to commiserate, share experiences, and collaborate for solutions to help their workflow. With a large expo hall, there is certainly a lot to be discovered at BBCON!
The annual ENCC east is a great opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with the crew at Engaging Networks and other nonprofit professionals in the region! In a more intimate atmosphere than most conferences, participants can learn how other users are using the platform and how they can innovate their experience. We think these are great for networking and meeting other local professionals!
While the date has not been announced yet, we highly recommend attending the DMAW Best of Direct Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony to meet la crème de la crème of DC Direct Marketers and their winning campaigns. See what ideas are pushing the industry forward in new exciting directions and learn who’s who in the industry.
We hope you’ll join us in Portland, San Antonio, Napa, Philadelphia, Nashville or back home in DC. All these great events are worth the trip!
Any conferences you think we missed? Let us know in the comments!