By: Mollye Rhea
After another year of almost entirely virtual events, we’re glad to see most 2022 cause marketing, corporate social responsibility, and social impact conferences returning to in-person venues. Some events will be a hybrid experience, and a handful will remain remote. Take a look at our top picks so far and get details on the logistics.
From Day One Conference Series–hybrid virtual and in-person (Seattle and Houston), January 1 ̵ February
From Day One convenes leaders from CSR, human resources, marketing, and communications to explore innovative ways for companies to forge stronger relationships with their internal and external stakeholders and communities. Across four events, discussions will include how to attract skilled talent, engage workers, and build cultures of inclusion and belonging.
Sustainatopia Conference Series–hybrid virtual and in-person (Los Angeles), January 20 ̶ May
Sustainatopia hosts three events in January, February and May sharply focused on accelerating business development within social, financial and environmental sustainability and impact. It brings together an expert global ecosystem of investors, corporations, foundations, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, government agencies, think tanks, and leading intermediaries in a high-engagement, heavy networking format.
Empower2022: Reimagine–virtual, January 26
Empower is ProServeIT’s biggest annual giveback initiative and full-day virtual conference dedicated to nonprofits. The goal is to give attendees strategies and tools for greater empowerment and mission scale. Audience streams will be separated into leadership, IT, fundraising and marketing tracks to provide a tailored experience.
Sustainable Business & Social Impact (SBSI) Conference hosted by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Net Impact Chapter–virtual, February 9
SBSI is the largest event of its kind in the Southeast and is the largest student-led conference at Fuqua. The event explores rapidly evolving opportunities in the fields of sustainability and social impact and shares thought leadership on business’s role in shaping this landscape. For the seventeenth annual SBSI Conference in 2022, Fuqua Net Impact will highlight organizations and leaders who are moving toward meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Nonprofit Federation Winter Conference–hybrid virtual and in-person (Washington, D.C.), February 9-11
ANA is the U.S. advertising industry’s oldest and largest trade association. Its conference will connect fundraising and marketing professionals for innovative idea exchange and creative strategy generation. The ultimate goal is helping attendees build and strengthen their relationships with donors.
GreenBiz22–in-person (Scottsdale, AZ), February 15 ̵ 17
The GreenBiz22 conference is the premier annual event for sustainable business leaders. More than 1,000 professionals will gather to discuss the latest industry trends, learn from peers, and form valuable connections. Session and speaking topics include social justice, stakeholders, storytelling, and resilient supply chains.
Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum: P2PForum22 – in-person (Atlanta, GA), February 28 ̵ March 2
P2PForum22 will bring together leaders in peer-to-peer fundraising events to tackle some of the biggest questions facing the activity. The conference will include skill-building workshops, breakout sessions, addresses from industry thought leaders, and networking opportunities.
The Nonprofit Marketing Summit: MOMENTUM–virtual, March 8 ̵10
Momentum will help attendees identify and create forward-thinking digital strategies to propel their nonprofits forward. Over the course of two days, attendees will receive actionable content from industry leaders, take part in inspiring sessions, and connect with over 15,000 nonprofit professionals.
Corporate Giving Conference–in-person (Seattle, WA), March 10
The Corporate Giving Network hosts the only conference for nonprofits that focuses on all aspects of corporate philanthropy in one space: grants, sponsorships, employee volunteerism, workplace giving, and cause-related marketing. It aims to help nonprofits identify and pursue corporate donors, increase their revenue, and grow their organizations. The conference will feature speakers from the corporate sector who are decision makers in awarding grants, authorizing sponsorships, and handling cause-related marketing requests.
SXSW 2022 Conference–in-person (Austin, TX), March 11 ̵ 20
SXSW offers a variety of tracks revealing the most important breakthroughs in technology, film, culture and music. It provides an opportunity for the global community of digital creatives to encounter cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests, and network with other professionals who share a similar appetite for forward-focused experiences. Topics include income inequality, programs that promote DEI, sustainable practices, and mental health.
The Funders Network (TFN) Annual Conference: Seize the Moment–in-person (San Diego, CA), March 14 ̵ 16
TFN offers an opportunity to come together after more than a year of disruption to share how philanthropy can deploy resources effectively and equitably. Funders from across North America will share insights into how to foster collaboration and catalyze action to address the impacts of climate crisis, COVID-19, and a widening racial wealth gap.
National Diversity & Leadership Conference–virtual, March 22 ̵24 and April 4 ̵7
The eighteenth Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference is themed “Diversity First.” It will include training March 22 ̵24 and a full conference experience April 4 ̵7. Conference attendees include leaders and decision-makers from a variety of industries. With various sessions, workshops, and featured speakers that cover a wide range of topics, attendees can adapt their experience for optimal learning—from understanding how to be a better leader and creating a better workplace to embracing multiculturalism and diversity.
Skytop Strategies ESG6: A Driver of Shareholder Value–in-person (New York, NY), April 5
The ESG6 conference provides participants with the opportunity to engage with business leaders and ESG practice experts. Attendees will learn how to gain favorable consideration in capital markets from sustainable ESG practices and ways emerging methodologies can help capture ESG performance proof points. Discussion topics include how institutional investors are addressing the need for racial inclusion, social responsibility in the corporate sector, and the road to net-zero carbon emissions.
Collective Impact 2022 Virtual Action Summit–virtual, April 26-28
Collective Impact brings together more than 1,000 changemakers from numerous sectors to learn, share and inspire one another to better collaborate and create equitable systems change.
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) ICON–in-person (Las Vegas, NV), May 2-4
AFP ICON is the world’s No. 1 conference for fundraising professionals. It will feature more than 100 education sessions for attendees to choose from, inspiring keynote speakers, and the opportunity to meet thousands of fellow fundraisers.
Cause Camp–hybrid virtual and in-person (Grand Rapids, MI), May 2 ̵3
Cause Camp is a nonprofit conference featuring industry-leading speakers, niche breakouts, and one-on-one networking. New in 2022, it will kick off with a half-day intensive session with options to learn about ministry-specific outreach or planning and prioritizing marketing efforts.
Engage for Good Conference (EFG): EFG2022*–in-person (Atlanta, GA), May 17 ̵19 *For Momentum is proud to be a premier sponsor of EFG2022!
EFG’s annual conference connects social impact leaders from around the world. EFG2022 will include workshops and presentations addressing employee matching gift program strategies, DEI, and trends in CSR, cause marketing, and employee well-being. Abundant networking and meet-and-greet opportunities are included.
Salesforce Nonprofit Summit–virtual, May 17
The second annual Salesforce Nonprofit Summit will connect changemakers from around the world for a program full of inspiring speakers, practical tools, and the latest in nonprofit cloud innovations. Attendees will explore the impact of relationships and technology on the global community.
Global Corporate Governance/CSR Conference on Equity and Sustainability–hybrid virtual and in-person (Baton Rouge, LA), June 8 ̵10
The Global Corporate Governance Institute annual event is one of the largest international conferences focusing on CSR. Scholars and practitioners in law, business, and related fields from over 40 nations will present their latest research findings related to equity or sustainability and how businesses can apply them.
Points of Light Conference–hybrid virtual and in-person (Lake Buena Vista, FL), July 13 ̵ 15
Points of Light is a global convening of nonprofit, government, business, and civic leaders who connect, collaborate, gain and share the knowledge and resources needed to galvanize the power of people to create change. The conference provides the opportunity for businesses and nonprofits to share best practices, collaborate, build capacity, and ensure organizations and individuals are recognized for their commitment to taking action that improves the world.
Bridge Conference–in-person (National Harbor, MD), July 27-29
The Bridge Conference is the premier event for fundraising and marketing professionals. It features dynamic keynotes, panels, workshops, and networking events. Attendees will gain insights on the latest strategies, techniques and innovations in direct response and major donor fundraising.
Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization (NIO) Summit–in-person (Kansas City, MO), September 20-22
The NIO Summit is the premier conference for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers looking to grow their online fundraising. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training sessions, develop the tools to grow fundraising and revenue functions, and network with industry leaders.
SOCAP22–in-person (San Francisco, CA), October 17 ̵20
SOCAP is the largest and most diverse impact investing community in the world. It combines ideas and capital to catalyze world change. Attendees will get to collaborate with the following specialists to inspire investment in positive impact: social entrepreneurs, investors, foundation and nonprofit leaders, government and policy leaders, creators, corporations and academics.
3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands–hybrid virtual and in-person (New York, NY), October 25
The 3BL Forum unites corporate leaders on a fast-paced virtual and in-person main stage. Discussions focus on the ‘why’ and ‘how’, with business leaders sharing their experience over the last two years and the importance of flexibility and uncertainty in the face of the unknown.
Nonprofit Storytelling Conference–in-person (San Antonio, TX), October 27 ̵29
The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference connects nonprofit communications, development, and marketing professionals to share insights and best practices around how to better express their missions to the world. Sessions include workshops for fundraising appeal letters, donor reporting, and new donor welcome plans.
Skytop Strategies CSR 6.0: Responsibility as a Driver of Company Performance–in-person (San Francisco, CA), November 9
The CSR 6.0 conference gives attendees the opportunity to engage with leaders in CSR and sustainability. They’ll learn how companies and CSR practitioners are aligning their initiatives to maximize the benefits of their programs for themselves and their stakeholders. Participants will walk away with the knowledge necessary to use next-generation ideas and tools to create innovative CSR strategies that contribute to the bottom line.