Make the Most of Summer with These 12 Nonprofit Events

Summer is not usually “busy season” for the nonprofit sector. But it can be a great time to meet people in a more relaxed, casual setting – or to pick up new skills (instead of reading all those out-of-office messages).

Our recent event with NTEN got us thinking about all the great events going on in NYC (or remotely) this summer. Here, we’ve compiled a list that has something for everyone – tech conferences, marketing summits, parties, and free cultural events.

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June 18 – 27
NYC Dance Week Festival 2015
Various times

Slip into summer with some fun, free dance and exercise classes at a variety of venues throughout New York City. NYC Dance Week collaborates with noted studios in New York City to celebrate the joy and diversity of dance with an exhilarating 10-day event of dance, fitness and wellness classes.

June 26 – 30
Met Summer Recital Series
7:00PM – 10:00PM

The Met Opera’s popular concert series brings free performances of opera arias to parks of all five New York City boroughs. Pack a picnic and see rising stars from NYC’s top opera house perform.

June 27 – 28
Harlem Arts Festival
Various times

The Harlem Arts Festival presents free music, dance, and theater from cutting-edge artists in Marcus Garvey park. The goal of the Harlem Arts Festival is to fuel the prosperity of our neighborhood and mark the Amphitheater as a world‐class cultural venue.

July 14
11th Annual Summer, Sex & Spirits
7:00PM – 11:00PM

Support the NYC chapter of Planned Parenthood at this sassy fundraising event – featuring DJs, open bar, and a “naughty” balloon artist.
Early bird tickets on sale $40 until June 23

July 16
Year-End Campaigns: Strategies that Work
2:00PM – 3:00PM

It’s never too early for fundraisers to start thinking about year-end. With this webinar, the Chronicle of Philanthropy wants to help you: “Plan now and enjoy strong fourth-quarter fundraising returns.”
$75 – $96

July 17
Non-Profits & NGO Summit

Nonprofits can get a heavy dose of Drupal training at this free event held at the United Nations.

July 21
The Social Media for Social Good Conference

This rapidly-growing, multi-city conference stops in NYC over the summer to teach nonprofit professionals about everything from storytelling to analytics.
$140 – $275

July 22
501 Tech Club NYC
6:00PM – 8:00PM

DG+CO is hosting the next gathering of the NYC chapter of NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network. Share your knowledge and get the support you need to create a better NY.

July 22
Crain’s ‘Business of’ Cybersecurity
8:30AM – 10:00AM

This morning event will give you a wakeup call, as Crain’s examines the innovations and opportunities of cybersecurity and its impact on New York’s most important industries, from banking and e-commerce to travel and technology.

August 4 – 5
DMA New York Nonprofit Conference
All day

Join hundreds of fundraising and marketing professionals for this two-day event to exchange ideas, case studies, and industry insights.
$549 – $879

Any Time
Google Adwords for Nonprofits

Daunted by Adwords and the hefty price tag for most Adwords courses? This series of online sessions from Whole Whale will get you the info need at a more comfortable price point.
On sale for $79 till June 23

Any Thursday – Saturday
Tour the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
10:00AM – 4:00PM ET

Get out of the office for an hour or two and take a little field trip to see the inner workings of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can even book a tour geared towards your group’s interests.