September 3, 2013

Calendar of nonprofit conferences: September 2013

A scene from SOCAP 2011 (Photo by JD Lasica).

Plan for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaWith summer largely behind us, September marks a return to a number of conferences key to the nonprofit and social good community. On tap this month: SOCAP (the Social Capital Markets conference, kicking off today), Web of Change, the IdeaFestival, ArtezInterAction, Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits and lots more.

Which of these will you be attending? Continue reading

June 3, 2013

Calendar of nonprofit conferences: June 2013

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the 2011 NCVS (photo by JD Lasica).

Plan for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaJune marks a busy month for the nonprofit and social good community — the last frenetic blast of conferences before the lull of summer kicks in. Highlights include the Emerging Media Conference in Seattle (starting today), NCTech4Good, Personal Democracy Forum, North by Northeast, the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Netroots Nation, Indie Web Camp and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Which of these will you be attending? Continue reading

April 1, 2013

Calendar of nonprofit conferences: April 2013

Me, Cara Jones, Jenna Sauber and Rob Wu after our “Future of Nonprofit Storytelling” session at last year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Plan for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaApril marks a busy month for the nonprofit and social good community. I’ll be heading to Minneapolis for the Nonprofit Technology Conference (how about you?). Other highlights include Innogive, the National Conference for Media Reform, Investing In Women, Skoll World Forum, the Global Philanthropy Forum, Sustainatopia and Social Venture Network Spring.

Which of these are you going to? Continue reading

January 2, 2013

Calendar of 2013 nonprofit & social change conferences

The graphic recording created during Socialbrite’s “You Need a Strategy” session at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

SuperGuide to events for nonprofits & social good organizations

JD LasicaHere’s our roundup of conferences in the nonprofit and social change sectors coming up in 2013. This has become an annual tradition here at Socialbrite, and we hope you’ll bookmark this page and return to it throughout the year — we’ll be updating it throughout 2013 as more conference details firm up.

We’ll be reporting on many of these events and invite you to share your coverage or observations on Socialbrite, or let us know and we’ll tweet it or Facebook it. Throughout the year we’ll publish monthly calendars on the first of the month. Continue reading

May 1, 2012

Nonprofit & social change calendar: May 2012

Ideation takes place May 7-9 in Chicago. (Photo by @america)

Planning for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaThere are quite a few conferences and events in the nonprofit/social change/education sector this month, and I’ll be at four of them: the Women’s Funding Network Summit in LA on Thursday, the California State PTA annual conference next week, Google’s invitation-only Internet at Liberty conference and an event at MIT. Other events include the 99% Conference, Ideation, the Government Web and New Media Conference and Fundraising Day.

You attending any of these?

For the full year, see our Calendar of 2012 nonprofit and social change conferences. If you’re interested in social media, tech and marketing conferences, see this month’s calendar on our sister site,

If you know of other events, please share by adding the info in the comments below. Hope to see you at one of these!

Connecting Up Australia May 1-3 Sydney, Australia
As nonprofits continue to look at new ways to innovate in all aspects of their organization, Connecting Up 2012 will be a conference that will help you draw inspiration from speakers, both international and local. Meet other people working in the nonprofit sector, share your stories and strengthen each other. Allen Gunn
Digital Leap May 3 Ontario, Canada
The Digital Leap conference is about communication in a digital world, particularly the combination of technology, strategy and creative in a digital age. The vision behind Digital Leap is to create an experience to inspire marketers and fundraisers in not-for-profit organizations to work in new ways and embrace best practices and current techniques. Digital Leap
Women’s Funding Network Summit May 3-4 Los Angeles
This year’s summit will engage women’s funds and experts across sectors in new ways, including open dialogues, peer-sharing opportunities and workshops focused on the theme, “Women, Economics and Peace.” Look for deep learning about economics, peace and our role in advancing justice through women’s philanthropy.
99% Conference May 3-4 New York
For two days, creative leaders from across industries will come together to focus on the mechanics of idea execution as speakers share lessons learned in a series of 20-minute talks and interactive master classes. 99
NCTech4Good May 4 Chapel Hill, N.C.
NCTech4Good is the regional network for sharing knowledge about technologies that can advance the mission of nonprofit organizations. nct4g
Ignite Phoenix May 5 Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ignite brings together entrepreneurs, technologists, DIYers, creative professionals and enthusiastic knowledge-seekers. O’Reilly has not yet announced if there will be an Ignite Week 2012 in dozens of cities around the world (but we expect it’ll be back!). Ignite’s motto: “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” micki
Ideation Conference May 7-9 Chicago
!deation is designed to create a rich learning and sharing experience. The goal is inspiration, encouragement and new explorations for participants. Social entrepreneurs like Scott Harrison (charity: water), Ben Keesey (Invisible Children) and Scott Belsky (Behance) have spoken in past years.
Government Web and New Media Conference May 16–17 Washington, DC
The annual Government Web and New Media Conference is the premier networking and educational event of the year. Hear from peers and industry thought leaders on the latest trends and tools, learn practical strategies for improving your online strategies, see innovative projects happening throughout government and connect with colleagues from across the country.
Fundraising Day May 23 Toronto
The Association of Fundraising Professionals is the professional association for individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable organizations. The association advances philanthropy in society by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising. Zak Bailey
Cause Marketing Forum May 30-31 Chicago
The ninth annual forum will include Networking Galore, New Perfect Pitch Contest and sessions such as Bridging the CSR/CM Divide, The Great Breast Cancer Debate, Cause Marketing Innovation, Gaming for Good and more. Melanie Healey
November 1, 2011

Nonprofit & social change calendar: November

green awards
The International Green Awards take place Nov. 24 in London.

Planning for the month’s top conferences & events

JD LasicaWill I see you at some of these conferences this month? I’ll be attending CrowdConf 2011 on Wednesday and speaking at the Vivanista Fundraising Summit on Nov. 12. (If you’re attending either, please say hi.)

For the full year, see our Calendar of 2011 social change conferences. If you’re interested in social media, tech and marketing conferences, see this month’s calendar on our sister site,

If you know of other events, please share by adding the info in the comments below.

CrowdConf Nov. 1-2 San Francisco
CrowdConf is the first and leading conference on crowdsourcing and the future of distributed work. CrowdConf brings together an international audience of scholars, executives, policy makers, artists, and technologists for a day of learning, conversation and networking.
BSR Nov. 1-4 San Francisco
BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. bsr
BlogWorld & New Media Expo Nov. 3-5 Los Angeles
BlogWorld moves from Las Vegas to LA, where experts from every field of blogging and new media will be on hand to share their knowledge, techniques and advice. Industry gurus will share their experiences and network with attendees in seminars and moderated panels. BlogWorld LA
Social Media for Nonprofits Nov. 4 San Francisco
The Social Media for Nonprofits series returns to San Francisco with a stellar lineup of nonprofit professionals.
Digital Capital Week Nov. 4-11 Washington, DC
DCWEEK is a festival focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs and social innovators of all kinds. Last year, the inaugural Digital Capital Week showcased tech innovation in Washington. The 2011 version of Digital Capital Week promises to be even bigger.
Women in Computing Nov. 8-12 Portland, Ore.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industrial, academic and government communities. Women in Computing
BigTent Nov. 3-5 Omaha, Neb.
The BigTent Conference is a three-day day gathering of youth leaders, educators, advocates and young people who will share strategies, philosophies and tools to advance the health and wellbeing of families and children. The conference combines inspiring presentations, practical workshops and celebratory community building all aimed at equipping individuals, organizations and communities to do their part to ensure that young people are ready for college, work and life by age 21. bigtent
Vivanista’s Charitable Fundraising Summit Nov. 10-12 San Francisco
Vivanista’s Charitable Fundraising Summit will bring together volunteer leaders, fundraising event chairs and nonprofit development staff to learn from experts as well as share fundraising best practices. This 1 ½ day conference will include an Awards Dinner honoring volunteers who have been nominated in a variety of fundraising fields. Fundraising-In-Action
Nonprofit Software Development Summit Nov. 16-18 Oakland, Calif.
Aspiration helps connect nonprofit organizations with software solutions that help them better carry out their work. The firm’s annual “NPTechie Love Fest” seeks to maximize nonprofits’ effectiveness and impact. Nonprofit Software Development Summit
NextGen Charity Nov. 17-18 New York
NextGen Charity is the conference on new strategies in nonprofit and philanthropy work.
ARNOVA Nov. 17-19 Toronto
ARNOVA, now in its 40th annual year, is the largest and most significant research conference focusing on nonprofits, philanthropy, voluntary action and civil society to be held on an annual basis. More than 600 prominent scholars and teachers, as well as practice leaders for the nonprofit sector, from across the U.S. and around the world will participate.
International Green Awards Nov. 24 London
The International Green Awards is an initiative enlightening the world through showcasing the best in class examples of creativity in business, citizen and government initiatives leading to sustainable outcomes. This year, the gathering looks to reward sustainable achievement right across Business, Government & Citizen initiatives that influence positive change. International Green Awards