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About NIO Summit

Grow Your Online Fundraising and Become an Innovative Digital Marketer

The Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit is the premier conference for nonprofit marketers and fundraisers looking to grow their online fundraising. Rather than have an open call for speakers, we hand-select the leading experts in marketing and fundraising innovation from around the world, and bring them all under one roof to teach us how to achieve real and tangible online fundraising growth.

Over the course of two days, you’ll learn proven and research-driven strategies from these leading experts, participate in hands-on training sessions, and discover all the tools you need to grow your online fundraising and revenue.

Through extensive networking opportunities, you’ll gather new ideas and learnings from a community of nonprofit marketers and fundraisers like yourself who are seeking the most innovative solutions and strategies to grow their revenue.

Here’s a taste of what NIO Summit was like in 2019.

Why Attend NIO Summit?

4 Reasons a Nonprofit Fundraising Executive Should Attend

1. Get inspiring new ideas from bleeding-edge digital marketers.

Every year we go to the top marketing conferences around the world to find the best digital marketing thought leaders to invite to NIO. This year, we’ve secured some of the most talented forward-thinkers to inspire you with breakthrough ideas to help give your nonprofit organization an edge.

2. Learn secrets to building a culture of perpetual learning and performance improvement.

The key to consistent growth of your fundraising program is creating a culture of innovation and optimization. At the NIO Summit, you will learn secrets from other nonprofit executives that have cracked the code of cultural transformation so that you can motivate your staff to continually push for better and better results.

3. Preview new technology solutions in a no-pressure, sales-free environment.

Nobody likes to pay to attend a conference only to be forced to sit through sales pitch after sales pitch from the main stage. Yet, as an innovative executive you need to constantly stay on top of what is new in the world of technology. To solve this, we have created a special “Innovation Showcase” that is located in a private lounge within the main venue. You can pick and choose which technologies to review in a no-hassle, comfortable, intimate setting.

4. Network with fellow innovators from both the nonprofit and for-profit space.

One of the best parts of the NIO Summit is the built-in networkingopportunities throughout the conference. Because this event is only for nonprofit innovators and marketing thought leaders, you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with people that share your passion for leadership, new ideas, and market disruption.

5 Reasons a Nonprofit Fundraising Practitioner Should Attend

1. Learn advanced marketing ideas to accelerate your growth.

The NIO Summit is the place where you’ll find proven fundraising strategies, the latest marketing innovations, and the essential tools to help your nonprofit achieve major online fundraising growth. Take in over 16 powerful and practical, action-oriented sessions on email marketing, copywriting, landing page creation, content marketing, analytics, social media marketing, online advertising, marketing automation, and of course, testing and optimization.

2. Discover what works and what doesn’t in online fundraising.

Gain insights from over 1,000 online fundraising experiments to get quick wins for your online fundraising program that will impress your boss and raise more money for your organization.

3. Fast-track your way into testing and optimization.

If you have ever wanted to move into the exciting world of conversion rate optimization, this is your chance! The entire NextAfter team will be available to you to help you with everything from developing a strong, testable hypothesis, to getting up and running on a testing platform – we’ll even help you set up and run your first test from the floor of the conference.

4. Get instant free access to your own experiment research library.

Every attendee of the NIO Summit will get access to the newly designed Winston Experiment Research Library. Winston easily integrates with all major testing platforms and will enable you to monitor, document, and share the results of all of your experiments from one centralized, beautifully designed interface.

5. Meet and network with marketing thought-leaders and fellow nonprofit innovators.

Imagine the opportunity to attend a nonprofit conference where meeting new people doesn’t feel like work. That’s because the NIO Summit has been engineered to provide you with natural opportunities to connect and network with other nonprofit attendees, speakers, and subject matter experts so that you have people you can turn to for inspiration, new ideas, or even your next career move.

3 Reasons Why Everyone Will Love the NIO Summit

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1. The speakers will blow your mind.

We literally travel to marketing conferences around the world to find the absolute best expert speakers we can find. You will be inspired, challenged, entertained, and of course equipped with killer ideas that you are guaranteed not to find at any other nonprofit conference this year.

2. Killer swag.

Instead of crappy tote bags jammed with marketing propaganda, we’ve created a sweet Swag Shop where you can trade in the tokens for the coolest nonprofit conference swag you’ve ever seen. Earn tokens by participating at the Summit, and you’ll be able to cash in on Bison coolers, boot-leg T-shirts, notebooks, sun-glasses, and more.

3. Money-back Guarantee.

We are so confident that you will LOVE the NIO Summit, that we will 100% refund your money if you don’t walk away with new ideas to grow your fundraising and marketing.


Adrian Sargeant

CEO at The Philanthropy Centre

Dana DiTomaso

President and Partner at Kick Point

Jack Nasher

Professor, Negotiator, Best-Selling Author, and Acclaimed Mentalist

Lori Davison

Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communications at SickKids Foundation

Chris Mercer

Co-Founder at

Grainne Callan

Head of Supporter Recruitment at Greenpeace UK

Jeff Giddens

President at NextAfter

Joshua Tijerina

CEO at Him + Her Digital Co.

Daniel Shearer

EVP & General Manager at Cossette

Scot Chisholm

CEO & Co-Founder at Classy

Lea Pica

Founder at

Brady Josephson

Vice President of Innovation & Optimization at NextAfter

Pasquale Gentile

First Engagement Manager at Greenpeace International

Eric Allen

Director, Onsite Marketing & Testing at Ancestry

Kevin Peters

Chief Technology Officer at NextAfter

Gabe Cooper

Co-Founder & CEO at Virtuous

Allison Jones

Senior Optimization Associate at NextAfter

Brian Davis

Chief Technology Officer at ActiveEngagement

Justin Wheeler

CEO & Co-Founder at Funraise

Ray Gary

CEO at iDonate

Courtney Gaines

Director of Optimization at NextAfter

Sean Groleau

Director of Sales at Kindful

Jeremy Beer

Co-Founder and Principal Partner at American Philanthropic and Publisher at Philanthropy Daily

Ivan Leon

Chief Strategist at Kerux Group

Stacie de Armas

VP Consumer Engagement at Nielsen

Kimberly O’Donnell

Lead Fundraising Coach at Network for Good

Nathan Hill

Marketing Director at NextAfter
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Travel Information


The Palmer Events Center

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Located within downtown Austin, yet cradled by Butler Park, Auditorium Shores, and Lady Bird Lake near downtown Austin, the Palmer Events Center is easily accessible from Barton Springs Rd or Riverside Dr by car or public transportation.