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Allyson Kapin 8 min read

Eight Social Justice and Advocacy Conferences You Must Attend

There are so many great conferences coming up for the nonprofit community. With so little free time on your hands, it can be challenging to figure out which ones you must attend in May and June. Check out our top picks below.

Speed Learning: List Growth Strategies for Nonprofits May 17th

Ok so technically this is not a conference, but it's going to be a fantastic event for the nonprofit community. Have you ever tried “speed learning?” Want to? If so, this event is for you! Join Salsa and partners for “Speed Learning: List Growth Strategies for Nonprofits” on Thursday, May 17 at 4:30pm. Care2 and other vendors will be on hand to offer tips, tricks, and best practices on how to grow your list. And it will all be done in a “speed dating” format. There will be five tables, each focused on a different list growth strategy – and you’ll get to visit them all to learn from list growth gurus Care2, Rad Campaign, Charity Dynamics, and Beaconfire.

After the speed session, head to the Salsa office where you’ll have a chance to network with other nonprofit do-gooders from the area. Register now!

Time: Discussion starts at 4:00 PM
Networking Happy Hour to follow at the Salsa Office at 5:30 PM

Place: FHI360, Vista Room
1825 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20009

Women Who Tech TeleSummit May 23rd

The virtual Women Who Tech Telesummit which happens via internet audio and the web provides some of the most web thought-provoking, inspiring, and skills building sessions for nonprofit campaigners and social change makers. Don't miss the panels Using Technology and Social Media to Build Social Movements with Amy Sample Ward of NTEN, Michael Silberman of Green Peace International, Claire Diaz Ortiz of Twitter, and April Pedersen of Salsa Labs. The panel on Changing the World with Open Source will discuss how open source is literally revolutionizing the world and offer some great case studies on how the wikimedia foundation used Drupal and CiviCRM to raise $16M online. Register now!

AFP TechKnow – June 4-5th

The AFP TechKnow Conference Presented by Visa will offer an interactive learning experience designed to connect nonprofit fundraising and management professionals with leading-edge information and effective practices in using technology to accomplish their organizations’ missions. The conference will position interactive websites and social media as core elements in today’s development mix via two tracks: strategy and technology. It will feature opportunities for learning, networking and exhibiting. Hashtag: #RewireToInspire

Netroots Nation – June 7-10th

Netroots Nation amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influe

Personal Democracy Forum – June 11-12th

Personal Democracy Forum is the world’s leading conference exploring technology’s impact on politics and government. Join hundreds of individuals interested in how technology is changing politics, governance and society.

Nonprofit 2.0 – June 15th

Join Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and Paull Young, Director of Digital for charity: water for the 3rd annual Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference. Jean Case will begin with a town hall chat about the sector’s need to embrace fearlessness. Paull Young will discuss how charity: water continues to courageously lead the sector with ground breaking new media strategies. You don't want to miss this inspiring unconference filled with amazing keynotes and thought-provoking discussions between you and some of the best nonprofit strategists and nptechies in the space.

The Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference is DC's only unconference dedicated to the social cause space. From volunteers and political action to cultivating donors and partners, nonprofits have rapidly adopted social tools to build online communities and movements.

The keynote conversations will be followed by a full day of unsessions. There will be no powerpoints. Just DC's brightest minds strategizing for social good. Register now!

Games for Change Festival June 18-20

The annual Games for Change Festival is the largest gaming event in New York and the only international event uniting “games for change” creators, the public, civil society, academia, the gaming industry and media.

National Conference on Volunteering and Service June 18-20

This annual event provides attendees with an opportunity to learn, connect and be inspired through a wide range of engaging, informative plenary sessions, workshops, special events, service projects, exhibits, specialized corporate tracks and more.

Do you have suggestions for additional conferences that nonprofit campaigners should check out over the next couple of months? Let us know in the comments section.


Allyson Kapin

Allyson has been named one of "Top Tech Titans" by the Washingtonian, one of the Most Influential Women In Tech by Fast Company, and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. As Founding Partner of Rad Campaign, she leads the firm's client and online strategic services. For over a decade Allyson has helped non-profit organizations and political campaigns create dynamic and award-winning websites and online marketing and recruitment campaigns. She works side-by-side with her clients to meet their web needs and maximize their online effectiveness to create real world impact.