Innovation Strategy for Nonprofits

May 7, 2020

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Innovation is just different within nonprofits, NGOs, cause-oriented organizations, and industry groups. This one-day event, hosted at the AARP's "Hatchery" innovation lab, will focus on how these organizations are connecting differently with members and supporters; designing new kinds of events and digital offerings; partnering; communicating externally; and working with government agencies and the private sector. This event will include several "white space" sessions where participants can propose topics they would like to discuss and convene groups of peers.


What to expect

Innovation Leader events are designed just for innovators working inside established organizations – no consultants, no software vendors, no sales pitches. For this gathering, we'll bring participants inside AARP's "Hatchery" innovation lab to discuss how to successfully innovate inside mission-driven organizations. Be prepared for lots of interactive sessions, peer-driven learning, and tactics you can bring home and put to use immediately.

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Real conversations, actual learning

Infused with peer-driven learning, skill-building, and interactive activities, our off-the-record sessions are for attendees' ears only. No slides, no panels, no fluff...just real conversations with your peers from the world's most successful organizations.

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Hotel and Travel Information

Hotel: As most corporations have loyalty and reward programs for specific hotel chains, we have not reserved a room block for this event. Check back for recommended hotels.

Arrival & Departure: If you are flying into Washington, DC for this event, we recommend arriving early afternoon on May 6th. The program will begin early on Thursday, May 7th. The program will end in the afternoon on Thursday, May 7th.

Questions: If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elana Wilner at

Event FAQs

Who comes to this event?

Space is limited to current innovation, strategy, communications, marketing, and development professionals in nonprofits, NGOs, and mission-driven organizations. If you’re responsible for new offerings, events, messaging, or emerging technologies inside your organization, you’re definitely the right fit.

Will vendors be there pitching me?

No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from our Innovation Leader partners, we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.

Will you bore me with PowerPoints?

No. This is a presentation-free zone. No PowerPoints or presentations of any kind.

How will I get to the airport at the end of the event?

We will help coordinate transportation to the airport at the end of the event.

Can I get gluten-free or special meals?

Yes! Never hesitate to reach out to event team with your dietary requirements, The sooner the better though ... the deadline is two weeks before the event so we can arrange with our caterer(s).

Will you recommend hotels nearby?

Check back for hotel information.

Is there a dress code?

Business casual, with the emphasis on casual.

Will the media be there?

No. All our sessions are confidential and off-the-record.

Can I get a refund?

Event ticket purchases are final. However, you may substitute or transfer your registration to a colleague no later than 10 days before the start of an event. After this deadline, you will not be able to transfer your registration or receive a refund. Please request your transfer by emailing

What is the code of conduct at your events?

We are dedicated to creating a professional, safe, welcoming, and harassment-free environment for all our attendees. Please see our complete code of conduct here.

What is Innovation Leader?

If you’re working to make change happen inside a large organization, Innovation Leader was created especially for you.

We create downloadable templates and tools; report on what the world’s best companies are doing; and convene your peers to share best practices, in conference calls, webcasts, and at live events. Everything we do is geared to helping you deliver impact in your organization, whether you work in strategy, R&D, new ventures, design, technology, or innovation.

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