20NTC has a new party venue

We’re proud that the Nonprofit Technology Conference highlights each city where we convene, celebrating local culture and community, and incorporating aspects of the city into the conference where possible.

If you registered for the 2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference during early bird pricing (thank you for doing that!), you probably read that the official party was scheduled to be held at the National Aquarium.

When the National Aquarium was initially recommended as a party venue, the NTEN staff had concerns about supporting dolphin captivity. But we also recognized the important programs the Aquarium provides for the community and the rehabilitation and care they provide for many animals. With open minds, we conducted two site visits where we asked a long list of conservation and animal welfare questions. We eventually committed after both staff and board members of the Aquarium shared their plans in many conversations to move the dolphins into a more appropriate natural refuge. Unfortunately, we’ve learned that they have pushed back their plans for relocating the dolphins and no longer have a firm timeline for this critically important part of their work.

Because we cannot support dolphins in captivity, we’re relocating the party to a venue that better reflects the personality of Baltimore. I’m excited to announce that the official 20NTC party will be at The Assembly Room on Guilford Avenue in Baltimore. The party will feature local cuisine, local beverage vendors, a wide variety of arts, entertainment, and music, all mixing together to create a uniquely Baltimore experience.

We’ve arranged for shuttles to run on a loop from the 20NTC hotels to The Assembly Room. Please be aware that it has two floors, and while the entire first floor is accessible, the second floor is not. The second floor will not feature any unique aspects of the party; it will only mirror the food and beverage that is presented on the first floor. All of the arts, entertainment, and music will be on the first floor.

With this switch in locations, we hope that you’ll hear some music, find out why locals love Old Bay seasoning, and maybe even try a lemon stick or a snowball. We’ll all leave with a greater appreciation of Charm City.

If you have any questions about the venue change, please feel free to email us.

See you in Baltimore!

Amy Sample Ward
Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Her prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has also fueled her aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations. Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. She believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and she’s interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.