NCPD creates an environment through a conference whereby different communities that do not automatically intersect in the normal course of events must be engaged. These communities include civil society organizations, community members, scholars, academia, private companies, philanthropists, and government. 

Face‐to‐face conferences and meetups build trust and help participants to understand and collaborate with each other.

The NCPD's conference brings together a diverse cross-section of the community to foster discourse about philanthropy and fundraising and impact, inputs, integrity, and innovation with current and potential stakeholders. These in-person events spur meaningful discussion toward common goals and enable people to explore opportunities to drive partnerships, increase socioeconomic development, and advance new technologies.