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[PREVIEW] Top Nonprofit Conferences of Spring 2016

Marcella Vitulli

If you're like us, you can't wait to ditch those winter layers and welcome the springtime bloom.

Why not celebrate the start of spring with some terrific nonprofit events? We narrowed down our full list of conferences to some of our very favorites coming up between March and May.


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This selection includes events from across the U.S. on a variety of topics, including association leadership, fundraising, technology, foundations, and more.

Discover (and plan to attend!) some of these brilliant nonprofit events going on this spring.



Great Ideas Conference

Where: Colorado Springs, CO

Price: $$$

Best for: association leaders looking for inspiration, insights, and education.

Why we like it: beside the more than 70 Idea Labs, two Keynote speakers, Snap Learning sessions, and Ignite sessions, early risers will also love Sunrise Sessions, which include a "photography safari," early morning yoga, and an experiential dance workshop.


NTC 2016

Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC)

Where: San Jose, CA

Price: $$

Best for: digital teams and technologists will especially love 16NTC, but really, it's great for anyone in the nonprofit sphere.

Why we like it: each year, 16NTC attracts some of the best and brightest in the third sector, both in the crowd and on the stage, and 2016 is no different. Check out this awesome lineup of speakers!


SCANPO Nonprofit Summit

South Carolina's Nonprofit Summit

Where: Spartanburg, SC

Price: $

Best for: from the c-suite to the intern desk, SCANPO (the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations) has created a program for its conference that has something for everyone.

Why we like it: the CollaborACTION Chat Room puts funders and nonprofit leaders from across the state in a room together for “out-of-the-box” thinking and sharing - what's not to love about that?




Where: New York, NY

Price: $

Best for: fundraisers interested in upping their game across the board in 2016 

Why we like it: the entire event schedule is packed with great presentations, but we're most excited for the "How to Make the Most of Your Monthly Donor Program’s Operations" panel, which features our own Rob Winikates and other fundraising experts. Call us biased, but we're all about sustained giving this year.



Create Good Conference

Where: Cary, NC

Price: $

Best for: the nonprofit communicator looking to try new ideas and spend a few days collaborating like-minded, awesome peers.

Why we like it: this year's new pre-conference communicators workshop with Kivi Leroux Miller from Nonprofit Marketing Guide is sure to be packed with prime advice and recommendations.



Cause Camp

Where: Lincoln, NE

Price: $

Best for: anyone ready to learn in new ways, hear from some of the sector's best speakers, and party, since "there ain't no party like a Cause Camp party 'cause a Cause Camp party is full of nonprofit awesome-ness."

Why we like it: can't make it out to the Cornhusker State? Have no fear: our friends at Cause Camp are offering the option to attend virtually.




Council on Foundations Annual Conference

Where: Washington, DC

Price: $$$

Best for: foundation professionals ready to meet and collaborate with their peers around a variety of topics and skills.

Why we like it: the Leadership in Action Series will bring together two female thought leaders, Maria Teresa Kumar (Voto Latino) and Shiza Shahid (Malala Fund), to discuss the movements they lead - definitely a must-see!



YTH Live

Where: San Francisco, CA

Price: $$

Best for: youth and health advocates looking to share and learn new and exciting ways to use technology in their fields.

Why we like it: with all of the youth-focused plenaries, panels, and workshops, we can't choose just one favorite session (although Level 1-3 of Gamification sounds pretty rad.)



Do Good Data

Where: Chicago, IL

Price: $

Best for: self-identified "data nerds" with hearts of gold.

Why we like it: from data visualization to GIS, analytics to modeling, the impressive agenda at Do Good Data is packed with deep-dive data programming that's sure to please.



GEO 2016 National Conference

Where: Minneapolis, MN

Price: $$$

Best for: grantmakers interested in picking up best practices to enable their nonprofits to grow stronger and achieve better results.

Why we like it: aside from its full program, the conference is also partnering with the NCRP Impact Awards, whose ceremony takes place on the last night of the event.


We hope you're planning to attend these or other great nonprofit conferences in the next few months! Looking for events through spring and beyond? Check out our full calendar of the Best Nonprofit Conferences of 2016!


Note: offerings based on information available at time of posting. Check conference websites for latest details.

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