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The best nonprofit conferences for small nonprofits to attend in 2024

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Do you need inspiration to take your fundraising and donor outreach efforts to the next level? Then look no further than these nonprofit conferences that are great for inspiring leaders of small nonprofits!

For small nonprofits navigating the ever-evolving landscape of social impact, choosing the right conferences can be a game-changer. In 2024, the opportunities are boundless, and the possibilities for growth and learning are endless. Whether you're seeking insights on fundraising strategies or craving connections with like-minded change makers, conferences empower small nonprofits to thrive.

Let’s explore the must-attend events that promise to inspire, educate, and elevate your nonprofit endeavors in the coming year!

*It’s important to note: that many of these conferences offer early bird discounts. If you’re planning to attend one, book early to save!

Nonprofit Marketing Summit

The Unthinkable: Nonprofit Marketing Summit 2024 - a nonprofit conference for small nonprofits

Dates: March 5-7, 2024
Location: Virtual
Price: FREE

The Nonprofit Marketing Summit (NMS) is a free, virtual conference put on by Community Boost. With over 75 sessions by nonprofit thought leaders, you’re sure to take away valuable insights from NMS!

NMS focuses on effective marketing strategies and outreach ideas. But it also prioritizes other important issues that many small nonprofit professionals are facing. Whether it be burnout, diversity and inclusion, or collaborating with other nonprofits, the Nonprofit Marketing Summit is likely to cover the topics you’re interested in. It even offers CRFE (Fund Raising Executive) credits.

Community Boost provides points of connection throughout the conference so that you can still network with other professionals. On top of that, you’ll have a chance to connect and network with each speaker after their session. In the speaker’s lounge, you can ask them specific follow-up questions. It’s a great time to clarify how to apply their guidance to your specific nonprofit and connect with other nonprofit professionals.

Best of all, it’s completely FREE to attend! However, if you’re looking for exclusive content, access to speaker notes and slides, and the option to rewatch sessions in the future, there is an option to upgrade to VIP. Even if you decide to upgrade, the conference is still significantly cheaper than many other conferences.

Between saving on conference and travel costs, as well as being able to pop in and out as it works for your schedule, the Nonprofit Marketing Summit is a great conference option for small nonprofits!

Raise: The Event Fundraising Conference

The Unthinkable: Nonprofit MRaise: Grow your impact - a nonprofit conference for small nonprofits

Dates: September 9-10, 2024
Location: Nashville, TN
Price: $$

Put on by OneCause, the Raise Conference prepares small nonprofits to excel with fundraising events, peer-to-peer, and auction fundraising. The conference also focuses on fundraising strategy, donor engagement, storytelling, and building your nonprofit brand. Attendees can choose the sessions that best fit their needs.

Raise boasts amazing speakers who bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the forefront. With a lineup of experts in fundraising, event planning, and running a nonprofit as speakers, attendees will have the chance to learn from the best in the field.

On top of that, there are plenty of opportunities for networking and connecting with fellow professionals. And, you can earn CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) credits!

Raise Conference combines inspirational speakers, networking opportunities, and the added bonus of professional accreditation. If your small nonprofit is hoping to host your first event or grow its fundraising expertise, you’re sure to learn valuable insights from the Raise Conference.

Local Conferences

Date: Varies
Location: Near you
Price: $

While you’re on the hunt for the perfect conference for your small nonprofit to attend, don’t overlook the richness of local conferences. Local conferences are a great way to connect with other nonprofit professionals in your area, while offering practical tips and insights known to work for your region.

To find a conference in your area connect with your local nonprofit association. They typically put on an annual conference. Or search “Nonprofit conferences in [your state].”

These conferences tend to be on the smaller end, which works well if you’re hoping to catch speakers and build better relationships with them. They foster a sense of community and local commitment to doing good together.

And, they are typically more budget-friendly than national conferences because both ticket costs and travel costs are lower.

If you’re a small nonprofit looking for a great conference to attend, definitely check out your local conference options!

Nonprofit Innovation and Optimization (NIO) Summit

Nonprofit innovation and optimization summit (NIO) -a nonprofit conference for small nonprofits

Dates: September 18 -19, 2024
Location: Indianapolis
Price: $$$

The Nonprofit Innovation and Optimization Summit known primarily as the NIO Summit is an over-the-top, energetic conference experience. Put on by NextAfter, they are sure to keep you on your toes, while also offering innovative insights to optimize your nonprofit’s marketing and outreach efforts.

Each year, industry leaders and attendees come together to spark imaginations and reinvigorate their passion to make a difference by rethinking their approach to fundraising. With many opportunities to connect with like-minded nonprofit professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to talk through all of the practical and actionable content you’re learning from the speakers.

While the price of attending NIO can get pretty expensive, the earlier you buy your ticket, the cheaper the NIO conference is. Their early bird discount typically starts at over 50% off. So, if you are planning early in the year, this is a reasonably affordable conference for small nonprofits to attend.

Whether it's creating an entire Wizard of Oz themed musical or building several gameshow sets, NextAfter unforgettably sticks to their NIO theme. For small nonprofits, NIO offers actionable tips to innovate your fundraising and build confidence with practical ideas you can implement right away.

Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

Nonprofit Storytelling Conference - a nonprofit conference for small nonprofits

Dates: November 11-13, 2024
Location: Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Price: $$$

The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference helps nonprofits learn how to tell their story in a compelling way that resonates with donors. This conference is for anyone who does donor outreach and is looking to build better relationships with their donors.

If you want to learn how compelling storytelling helps you connect with donors better, then this conference is for you. While attending the in-person conference offers valuable networking opportunities, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, they offer a video-only option for a reduced price.

Cheers to the growth of your small nonprofit with these conferences!

As you think about fundraising this 2024, let these conferences be your source of energy, ideas, and connections for your small nonprofit.

Hoping to go into each conference well prepared? Track your donor data, so you can make the most of the insights from each conference! Get started with DonorDock for free!

Here’s to a year of growth, ingenuity, and making a difference.

Elisha Ford
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Elisha Ford
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