CARE National Conference


Register for the 2018 CARE National Conference. This 16th convening of CNC will be held May 21-23 at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

A look back at #CNC17

The 15th CARE National Conference culminated with 650 participants from 41 states attending 215 meetings in the offices of their elected
representatives on Capitol Hill.

CARE National Conference: Through the Years

A look back at what you have accomplished at the CARE National Conference

CNC 2018

Join CARE and Michelle Nunn, CARE President and CEO, for three days of advocacy trainings, networking and congressional meetings. 

MAY 21: Learn, Workshop, Connect

Who should attend?
CARE Action! advocates, students, those concerned with the challenges women and girls face and anyone who wants to learn about how to be an effective advocate for global poverty.

Advocacy 101:
Learn the basics of advocacy and get introduced to the issues that face women and girls around the world.

Advocacy 201:
Refresh and hone your advocacy skills and get the latest briefing on global poverty issues.

Watch the D.C. premiere of the wildly inspirational documentary SOUFRA at CARE’s film fest – and join the director afterward for a Q&A.


MAY 22: Get Inspired, Organize, Celebrate

Who should attend?
CARE Action! advocates, students, young professionals and anyone who wants to take their training to the Hill to meet with Members of Congress.

Get inspired by change-makers who are leading the charge to fight for the world’s poorest people.

Dive deep into global issues affecting millions of people worldwide and fine-tune the skills needed to be an effective citizen advocate in your working groups.

Network with other global citizens while building and reinforcing advocacy skills to better promote issues affecting women and girls on Capitol Hill.

Celebrate the work you’ve accomplished at the CARE block party.


May 23: Take Action on Capitol Hill

Meet with Members of Congress in their offices to voice your support for policies that combat extreme poverty worldwide.


Registration is OPEN! Explore the full agenda, learn about CNC scholarships, and make your hotel reservations today. You won't want to miss out on our film festival or our incredible speakers, including former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and filmmaker Thomas Morgan.

Hotel room blocks available at:

University Inn - 824 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Room rate $249 per night
Room rate includes breakfast and internet
Click to book online
Rooms must be booked by April 28, 2018 

One Washington Circle- 1 Washington Circle NW, Washington, D.C., 20037 
Room rate $259 per night
Room rate includes internet
Call reservations at 1-800-424-9671 and ask for the CARE Room Block
Rooms must be booked by April 19, 2018


Recapping #CNC17

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and more than 650 CARE advocates convened in Washington, D.C., May 22-24, 2017 to do extraordinary work.

They came from all corners of the country to deliver a simple, yet profound message to Congress: #DontCutLives. While we were in Washington, President Trump released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, and the cuts to foreign assistance were revealed to be staggering – even deadly.

The conference started off with words from Bushra Aldukhainah from Yemen and Mariela Shaker from Syria, two women who shared their experiences in their home countries. These stories gave expression to the theme for this year's conference: Now More Than Ever. CARE president and CEO Michelle Nunn underscored the urgency with which the world must respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people on the planet: "Today, you stand shoulder to shoulder with them and you give voice to their needs."

Read the full recap

Apply for a Scholarship

CARE has a very limited number of travel scholarships available for the CARE National Conference. We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis. The final deadline to submit an application is 3/30/18. If you have questions, please email


SOUFRA (2017) follows the inspirational story of Mariam Shaar, a refugee in the Burl El Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon, as she and a team of fellow refugee women launch a food truck business. Join us for the DC premiere. Q&A with director Thomas Morgan to follow the screening. 

In Case You Missed #CNC17

In May 2017 over 600 attendees from 41 states gathered in Washington D.C. with CARE to celebrate the 15th convening of the CARE National Conference.

Chelsea Clinton and Barbara Pierce Bush at #CNC17

Chelsea Clinton, vice chair for the Clinton Foundation, and Barbara Pierce Bush, co-founder of Global Health Corps, joined CARE CEO and President Michelle Nunn at #CNC17.

John Lewis at #CNC17

"When someone tells me that change is impossible, that you cannot bring about change, I say come and walk in my shoes."

Watch the speakers and more from #CNC17

Thank you to our 2017 corporate sponsors for their generous support.

Get Involved!

Learn how to stay involved with CARE throughout the year. 

CNC17: In the Media 1

#CNC17 In the Media

Aid Workers In Yemen Express Alarm At U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

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CNC17: In the Media 2

#CNC17 In the Media

Foreign aid under the ax in State Department budget proposal

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Washington Post

CNC17: In the Media 3

#CNC17 In the Media

Trump administration looks to cut State Department budget by 32%

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