Networking and Peer Learning Opportunities

In addition to breakouts, the conference includes lots of opportunities for networking meet-ups with exhibitors, speakers, friends and peers. Learn more about affinity groups, speaker Q&A, and freestyle priviate meet-ups that you can schedule yourself. 

Affinity Groups 

Join peers to discuss challenges and opportunities for your type of organization or job function. Learn more about Affinity Group below. 

Speaker Q&A

Many speakers are scheduling Q&A sessions during networking times to help you apply their take-aways to your own challenges.

Private Meetings

Invite your friends or a select group of peers to your own meet-up. Use profile tags to search for new contacts who share your interests.

Virtual Solutions Center

Discover new partnerships, resources, and technologies to help grow your program and offerings inside our virtual exhibit hall. Use our dedicated hours to visit virtual booths and meet with exhibitors face-to-face.

Sponsor/Exhibitor events

Watch the schedule and your messages for demos, case studies, social gatherings and other special events offered by some of our most important thought leaders, our sponsors and exhibitors.

In-platform messaging

Message and connect with attendees who are interested in networking by searching the full list of conference attendees. Narrow down your search with filters and tags.

Organizational Affinity Groups

Join peers in our organizational affinity groups to focus on issues that affect your slice of the nonprofit sector.

Sections include:

  • Academies and Schools
  • Arts/Cultural Organizations
  • Baccalaureate Colleges
  • Children's Hospitals
  • Community Foundations
  • Consultants
  • Doctoral/Professional Universities
  • Education (General)
  • Environment/Animals
  • Healthcare (General)
  • Hospice
  • Hospital Systems
  • Master's Colleges and Universities
  • Religion
  • Single Disease Advocacy/Research Organizations
  • Social Justice/Advocacy
  • Social/Family Services
  • Teaching Hospitals
  • Wealth/Business/Estate Planners 

Job Function Affinity Groups

New this year, meet with other attendees who share your job duties, priorities or challenges in our job function affinity groups.

Sections include:

  • Administering Planned Gifts
  •  Blended Gifts
  • Campaigns
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Executive Management (VPs, CEOs, CFOs, etc.)
  • Hiring and Supervising Gift Planners
  • Marketing
  • Noncash Gifts
  • Pandemic Response
  • Training Major Gift Officers

Additional groups can be created. Send your topic suggestion to Barbara Yeager at

This conference teaches me how to talk to my donors and gives me the technical behind the scenes skills that give me the confidence in front of smart people who have smart goals for their philanthropy.