24 Best Nonprofit Marketing Conferences [2024]

Ready to level up your marketing skills this year? We’ve scoped out the top nonprofit marketing conferences of 2024 – these are the must-attend events for anyone looking to make a real impact.

Think cutting-edge strategies, unparalleled networking, and insights that could be game-changers for your organization.

Let’s jump right in and discover where you can make the most valuable connections and learn the tricks of the trade to elevate your cause. Because these are the conferences that we evaluate to attend, they focus on topics related to fundraising and marketing for nonprofits, museums, and cultural institutions.

Networking at a nonprofit conference

1. Small Museum Association Conference

  • Location: Richmond, VA
  • Dates: February 19-21, 2024
  • Cost: $300

The annual SMA conference attracts more than 300 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. We offer a large Museum Resource Hall and plenty of informal networking opportunities for you to talk with (and get ideas from!) other small museum professionals and volunteers.

2. P2P Professional Forum Conference

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Dates: February 21-23, 2024
  • Cost: $995 – 1,595 depending on membership and type

Immerse yourself in the world of peer-to-peer fundraising, celebrating storytelling, relationship building, data analysis, event production, and community engagement. Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of peer-to-peer fundraising or a seasoned pro, the leader of a Top 30 program or manager of a smaller campaign, a front-line fundraiser or part of the national program strategy team, P2PForum24 is designed for YOU!

3. Northeast Annual Giving Conference

  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dates: March 4-6, 2024
  • Cost: Starts at $249

The Northeast Annual Giving Conference (NEAGC) offers three days of fundraising presentations, forums, discussions and networking with more than 30 sessions, speakers, moderators and panelists. It is known and appreciated for its relaxed, inclusive and fun environment of community sharing, 2024 is the 21st anniversary of the first Northeast Annual Giving Conference.

4. Nonprofit Marketing Summit: The Unthinkable

  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates: March 5-7, 2024
  • Cost: Free

A 100% virtual summit for nonprofit marketers.With speakers from leaders across the nonprofit space, NMS 2024’s valuable, actionable content will move your organization’s marketing and fundraising needle — all for FREE!

5. Nonprofit Technology Conference

  • Location: Portland, OR & Virtual
  • Dates: March 13-15, 2024
  • Cost: $975 – $1075

NTEN’s conference — often referred to as the NTC — is the annual gathering of people who want to make the world a better place through the skillful and equitable use of technology. At the NTC, you’ll learn essential nonprofit technology best practices while connecting with a community that shares your commitment to social change. This year’s NTC is a hybrid event, so you’ll enjoy a full experience whether you attend in Portland or virtually.

6. 2024 Mid-Year Meeting for Association of Zoos & Aquariums

  • Location: Memphis, TN
  • Dates: March 16-21, 2024
  • Cost: $315 – $555 depending on membership and timing

Features education, networking, and social events for zoo and aquarium professionals. Peer-developed program meetings, roundtables, and workshops in an interactive format challenges attendees to collaborate with one another and promises ample opportunity to learn and discuss issues critical to institutions.

7. Nonprofit Fundraisers Symposium

  • Location: Washington DC
  • Dates: March 20-22, 2024
  • Cost: $999 – 1,199 depending on membership

The Nonprofit Fundraisers Symposium is produced by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW) and The Nonprofit Alliance Foundation (TNPAF). Come gather with professionals like yourself – with 10+ years in fundraising and marketing – and join the discussions addressing the burning questions of our sector and examining the horizon to create thoughtful paths toward solutions and a thriving future.

8. Create Good 2024

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Dates: April 3-5, 2024
  • Cost: $175 – $275 depending on timing

An event for nonprofit communicators passionate about creating positive change. We will be talking about owning comms channels, leadership, the power of planning, AI and more.

9. AFP ICON 2024

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Dates: April 7-9, 2024
  • Cost: $1,299 – $2,249 depending on membership and timing

AFP ICON is the world’s No. 1 fundraising conference, attracting more than 3,000 fundraising professionals each year. Join us in Toronto in April for an unparalleled combination of fundraising training—with more than 100 education sessions to choose from, endless networking opportunities and an unforgettable experience over three days.

10. EFG2024 (Engage for Good)

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Dates: May 14-16, 2024
  • Cost: $1,095 – $1,595 depending on timing

In a world brimming with pressing social challenges, the role of corporate and nonprofit partnerships must continue to evolve. Through the theme of “Turning Moments into Movements” we will explore the essence of our collective mission – to bring lasting change by shifting our perspective from isolated campaign moments to becoming driving forces within social movements.

11. Collaborative 2024 by Classy

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Dates: May 15-16, 2024
  • Cost:  $599 – $799

Collaborative by Classy brings together forward-thinking nonprofit professionals and social sector experts. Together, we will uncover the ideas and strategies necessary to propel our sector forward.

12. Planet Philanthropy (Florida AFP)

  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Dates: June 3-5, 2024
  • Cost: $550 – 850 depending on timing and membership

Annually, more than 300 nonprofit leaders from various organizations ranging from social services, education, health, religion, the arts, and much more will join us to learn about the latest and greatest resources to enhance their knowledge and skills.

13. The Bridge Conference

  • Location: National Harbor, MD
  • Dates: July 31-Aug 2, 2024
  • Cost: Registration not yet open

The trifecta of nonprofit growth – the convergence of Fundraising, Marketing & Technology! Attended by nonprofit fundraising professionals, nonprofit leadership, consultants, agencies, and other marketing professionals.

14. Association of Midwest Museums

  • Location: Columbus, OH
  • Dates: July 31-August 3, 2024
  • Cost: $455 – $575 depending on timing and membership

The AMM 2024 Conference will investigate the ways in which Midwest museums are preparing for the future – seeking relevance, viability, and sustainability. For each organization, The Way Forward varies. Whether they are rebuilding or growing operations, forging new or fostering existing community partnerships, or crafting new strategic or master plans, museum leadership and staff are preparing to take on what is yet to come.

15. Association of African American Museums > AAAM2024

  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Dates: August 13-16, 2024
  • Registration not yet open

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focused museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture.

16. Raise: The Event Fundraising Conference

  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Dates: September 9-10, 2024
  • Cost: $699 – $899

Raise is designed to help #FearlessFundraisers grow their impact.

17. 2024 Annual Conference for Association of Zoos & Aquariums

  • Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Dates: September 14-19, 2024
  • Cost: Registration not yet open

The Annual Conference is the largest, most comprehensive zoo and aquarium professionals’ event in the country.

18. Nio Summit 2024

  • Location: Indianapolis, IN
  • Dates: September 18-19, 2024
  • Cost: General Admission: $1,495 (Use promo code generosity24 during registration to get a $500 discount)

Join thousands of other like-minded fundraisers and amplify your impact, innovate your fundraising, and have an unforgettable time at the NIO Summit 2024

19. Association of Science and Technology Centers > ASTC 2024

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Dates: September 28-October 1, 2024
  • Cost: Registration is expected to open in June 2024

Join us for one of the premier annual events for science-engagement professionals across North America and around the world.

20. The Communications Network

  • Location: Kansas City, MO
  • Dates: October 16-18, 2024
  • Cost: $1299 – $1999 depending on membership

The Communications Network’s purpose is to connect, gather, and inform a vibrant network of foundation and nonprofit leaders, communicators, storytellers, innovators, strategists, researchers, designers, decision-makers, community-builders, and executives from across the globe in order to advance the missions and mandates of foundations and nonprofits to change our world for the better.

21. Cause Camp Nonprofit Conference 2024

  • Location: Colorado Springs, CO and Virtual
  • Dates: October 21-22, 2024
  • Registration and additional conference details available Spring 2024

Cause Camp 2024 embraces the words, “Better, Higher, Successful – Together”. Nonprofits can only thrive when the collaborative spirit of the sector is strong. Cause Camp draws in hundreds of nonprofit professionals, top industry experts and problem solvers for a two-day nonprofit conference that equips you to solve real issues facing your organization. Let’s unite and make the world a better place, together.

22. Southeastern Museums Conference Annual Meeting

  • Location: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Dates: October 21-23, 2024
  • Registration not yet open

SEMC annual meetings are an opportunity to learn from museum leaders, network with colleagues, and explore innovative ideas in the museum field.

23. Capacity Interactive Boot Camp 2024

  • Location: New York City, NY
  • Dates: October 24-25, 2024
  • Cost: Cost: Passes are priced based on your organization’s annual budget size:
    • >$5M: $1199
    • $5M-$15M: $1299
    • > $15M: $1499
    • Save $100 before Feb. 9

Capacity Interactive recommends that all arts administrators, including fundraisers, marketers, executive and artistic leaders, and board members attend. If you’re looking to grow your marketing and leadership skills, this is the conference for you!

24. 2024 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

  • Location: Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Dates: November 11-13, 2024
  • Cost: $1095 – $2095 depending on timing

If you want to raise more money, engage your community, and deepen donor relationships then the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference is for you, because the best way for you to raise more money, engage your community, and deepen your donor relationships is by tapping into the power of storytelling.

Bookmark this post as we’ll continue to add information and new dates as they pop up.

Will you be attending any of these conferences? Let us know!

Big Sea will be represented at a number of these conferences, and we’d love to meet up if you’ll be there too! Shoot us an email and we’ll connect!