As the impact ecosystem grows, impact-focused events are springing up around the nation and world. Our friends at Causeartist, a blog that covers brands, startups, and social entrepreneurs impacting the world through social enterprise, put together this list of leading social impact conferences hosted in North America. Want to learn more about other upcoming social impact conferences? Check out our online global calendar to find an event near you.

Social Innovation Summit

Chicago, IL

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The Social Innovation Summit is an annual event that is taking place in Chicago and centers on bringing together technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business. Some of the world’s most visionary leaders are represented at the Social Good Summit, and they speak to investigate solutions to some of the greatest problems of our time. See dates and Learn more


The Heart Series Conference

Los Angeles, CA

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The Heart Series is hosted in Southern California, and is a two— day event that facilitates discussions with leaders from the world’s most innovative companies. The event encourages entrepreneurs, as well as organization and brand leaders, to share how business can create a socially good impact in society. See dates and Learn more


Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

Boston, MA

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The Harvard Social Enterprise Conference is one of the largest student— run conferences on Harvard’s campus, and one of the leading forums of dialogue in America. The conference strives to unite students, academics, and professionals to discuss the topic of social enterprise. The 2018 conference theme is, “What is the Bottom Line?” with an emphasis on social and political turmoil in order to promote civic engagement through social enterprise. The tracks at this year’s conference include: Startup Society, Unleashing Human Potential, Reimagining Capitalism, and Disruptive Potential. See dates and Learn more


The Impact Conference at Sustainatopia

Different Cities

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Sustainatopia is an annual, world— renowned, business conference and celebration for social, financial, and environmental sustainability. This year the conference will be take place in Boston and will have roughly 300 speakers from around the world discussing topics of global sustainability and unity. See dates and learn more


Net Impact Conference

Atlanta, GA

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The Net Impact Conference is based in Atlanta, and for 25 years has given attendees skills, experiences, and connections to create tangible social impact through their careers. The Net Impact Conference hosts a range of individuals, from small to corporate companies, students to professionals, in order to take on social challenges, protect the environment, and invent new products. This year’s Net Impact Conference will go a step further and help attendees map out a “Path to Purpose”, and experience unlike any conference has hosted. See dates and Learn more


Slow Money Conference

Boulder, CO

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Slow Money is a non— profit organization, and the Slow Money Conference will be held in Boulder, Colorado. The organization strives to bring new sources of capital to small food enterprises in order to support the usage of healthy soil. Soil fertility is vital to human health and this conference fuels profit and conversation towards entrepreneurial finance supporting soil fertility, carrying capacity, sense of place, cultural and ecological diversity, and nonviolence. See dates and Learn more


Agents of Change Summit

San Diego, CA

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The Agents of Change Summit explores the science of behavior change through the best research and compelling case studies. The Summit, based in San Diego, engages innovators from the community of professionals using marketing and technology to change people’s health behaviors for social good. Attendees participate in keynote speeches, interactive workshops, and breakout sessions that help strengthen behavioral change strategies. See dates and Learn more


IMPACT National Conference

Multiple Cities

The IMPACT Conference, historically, is the largest nation — wide gathering of students, administration, and non— profit staff, and is essential to the national student service movement. Attendees engage in a variety of workshops that target subjects such as activism, politics, and advocacy. Every year the conference is held at a different host campus in order to captivate a variety of students spanning the country, and this year it will be held at the University of Dayton in Ohio! See dates and Learn more


Nonprofit Technology Conference

Different Cities

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The Nonprofit Technology Conference is an annual membership organization conference that explores technology and technology strategies. Members of this conference are dedicated to technological advancement, sharing knowledge, vigorous research, and constant industry analysis. The next conference will take place in New Orleans, with over 2,000 professionals from around the world represented and over 100 sessions of technology based exercises and talks. See dates and Learn more


Nexus Global Youth Summit

Different Cities

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Nexus is an international non— profit organization, and the Nexus Global Youth Summit is a gathering of young entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and impact investors who come together to accelerate solutions to global issues. The next summit will be hosted in New York City and will mobilize over 500 of the leading gen philanthropists and social innovators to celebrate sustainability, diversity, and global unity. See dates and Learn more


Social Capital Markets

San Francisco, CA

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The Social Capital Market Conference is an event that explores solving global issues through market— based solutions. Every year the conference is held in San Francisco, and brings together a variety of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, governments, and institutions to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. See dates and Learn more


The Fast Company Innovation Festival

New York, NY

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The Fast Company Innovation Festival is held annually in New York City and is a mega— assembly that highlights a wide range of occupations including design, entrepreneurship, technology, and social good. Attendees attain exclusive access to some of the leading companies in New York City and develop their networking and personal experience. Over 10,000 attendants frequent this event and experience a variety of workshops, over 100 tracks, and 200 speakers. See dates and Learn more



Austin, TX

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The goals of SXSW Good are to bring a diverse group of individuals to explore advancements in the world of entertainment and create networking opportunities for these innovators. The conference is annually hosted in Austin Texas, and is a celebration of film, music, design, and interactive industries. Every year the event spans 24 tracks of programming, showcases, screenings, and exhibitions. See dates and Learn more


The SRI Conference

San Diego, CA

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The SRI conference (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing) takes place in San Diego, and highlights how long-term future value is intertwined with the health of people and the planet. The conference is for investors who enjoy the financial benefits of stock ownership but also want to make a difference in the world. Attendees take responsibilities for investments, and learn strategies such as how to direct investment capital towards enterprises that contribute to the environment, how to treat people fairly, and produce healthy products. See dates and Learn more


DMA Nonprofit Conferences

Different cities

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The latest DMA Nonprofit Conference will take place in Chicago, and offers networking opportunities and insight for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers professionals. This conference is considered the platform for exchanging information on fundraising ideas and innovative philanthropy. The event will have 110 speakers, 35 sessions, 10 hours of networking. See dates and Learn more


Collaborative Conference

Boston, MA

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The Collaborative Conference is held in Boston annually, and strives to aid social progress by encouraging collaboration between nonprofit professionals, social entrepreneurs, institutional investors, philanthropists, and academics to solve the worlds most pressing problems. The socially conscious elite are represented as speakers and panelist at this event, and the conference concludes with the Classy Awards to honor the world’s most innovative social programs. See dates and learn more


Sustainable Brands Conference

Different Cities

At Sustainable Brands, you’ll find news and views from thought and practice leaders, online and live events, a robust resource library, peer-to-peer learning groups, E-learning, a terrific set of solutions providers and more — all designed to help corporate brand and sustainability professionals, social entrepreneurs and the eco-system of value partners who support them uncover, and successfully execute on new opportunities to profitably innovate for sustainability. Our promise is to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to grow revenues and enhance brand value, reputation and loyalty, while helping lead us to a healthy and sustainable future for all. See dates and Learn more


Buy Good. Feel Good Expo

Toronto, CA

“Buy Good. Feel Good.” is dedicated to building a community of people and organizations who believe that business should have a positive impact on the world. The “Buy Good. Feel Good” Expo is North America’s largest Expo dedicated to social enterprises. Discover products that make a positive impact, from jewelry and apparel to investment and travel opportunities. Every purchase we make has an impact. Buy Good. Feel Good. connects consumers with the brands that make a difference. Join our Movement and let us change the world, one purchase at a time. See dates and Learn more

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