Social Impact

See how event organizers and others are using meetings and events to make a difference.

A Life-Saving Pivot During the COVID-19 Crisis

As hospitals in some major U.S. cities near the brink of capacity, businesses across the event industry spectrum — including tent-rental companies like Alexander Party Rentals — are quickly realizing that they can step up to help.

BY Jennifer Dienst March 29, 2020

Where to Donate Unused Event Materials After Cancellations

Have items — like T-shirts and tote bags — that have been produced for an event that has been canceled due to COVID-19? The nonprofit Good360 can put them to good use.

BY Cristi Kempf March 16, 2020

Venues, Organizers Donating Food From Meetings Canceled Due to COVID-19

As last-minute cancellations around COVID-19 increased, some quick-thinking venues and organizers have come up with creative solutions for a big problem — what to do with all the leftover food?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 13, 2020

Startup #Meet4Impact Helps Groups Measure Their Legacies

As more business events consider the legacy they leave for destinations, this Montreal-based startup is looking to turbocharge its efforts with tools borrowed from the startup culture.

BY Casey Gale February 28, 2020

What Planners Can Do to Make Events More Sustainable

Here are some ways meeting organizers and venues can embrace the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for more sustainable events.

BY Ken Budd February 27, 2020

Event Planners Rank the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Of the 7,000 event professionals who responded to a survey about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, 89 percent said they were committed to choosing small-scale and local food producers for their events.

BY Ken Budd Barbara Palmer February 27, 2020

Too Many Bags Ordered for an Event?

PCMA’s Catalyst community suggests ways to donate any extra bags, putting them to good use.

BY Convene Editors February 24, 2020

Sustainability on the Menu at AIME

Not only were the food items served at an AIME Hosted Buyer Breakfast sustainable, its focus was on giving ‘back more than we take away.’

BY Cristi Kempf February 19, 2020

The Kitchen Conference Is Making Culinary Careers More Accessible

The nonprofit Hot Bread Kitchen rolled out its inaugural Kitchen Conference in Brooklyn, New York, in November, extending its mission to create employment opportunities for women.

BY Casey Gale January 31, 2020

Hands-on Help at Convening Leaders 2020

Hospitality Helping Hands volunteers sorted and packaged food donations to serve people in need.

BY Casey Gale January 5, 2020

How One Event Professional is Helping the Homeless

Windy Christner, CMP, senior director of meetings and expositions for American Pharmacists Association, is urging the industry to lean into — rather than try to plan around — the problem of homelessness in cities.

BY Barbara Palmer December 5, 2019

How EDUCAUSE Made Inclusion a Priority

With simple, handwritten notes of encouragement, an AI translation program, and an indoor park, EDUCAUSE put the spotlight on inclusion at its annual conference. Here’s the inside story.

BY Jennifer Dienst November 27, 2019