April 27th & 28th, 2021 – Charleston, SC

Whether you are an individual, an organization, or a public health institution  – You can courageously protect children from sexual abuse.

“I’ve been in social work for 25 years and I’ve been to a lot of conferences. Ignite is among the best – great energy, great information, very inspiring.” – Jennifer A., Arlington, VA

Due to COVID-19, Darkness to Light has postponed IGNITE 2020 to April of 2021. IGNITE is Darkness to Light’s National Prevention Conference that brings together Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitators, child sexual abuse professionals and experts, researchers, and individuals from a wide variety of disciplines who share a commitment to the prevention of child sexual abuse.

The conference will engage attendees on a national level to equip, strengthen, and organize their child sexual abuse prevention initiative as well as provide advanced training, thought-provoking interactive sessions, and help individuals and organizations bring back fresh ideas to their communities. Offering three tracks – there is something for everyone.

For Darkness to Light’s 20th anniversary, we are bringing our National Conference to our hometown of Charleston, SC. The conference will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel located downtown Charleston at 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403. IGNITE 2021 will be held on April 27th and 28th, 2021, with pre-conference activities available on April 26th.

Check out photos from last year! Photos by Robert Castagna.

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Conference Location: 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Block rate $219 per night plus taxes and fees.
Book online here with code IGNITE21.

Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (the “Swamp Fox”), the Francis Marion Hotel became an instant Charleston landmark when it opened in 1924. Rising 12 stories above the Historic District, the hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston’s church steeples, antebellum mansions, and famous harbor, providing easy access to the wealth of Charleston’s historic attractions.


Charleston International Airport (CHS)
5500 International Blvd North Charleston, SC 29418

Airlines that fly into CHS: Alaska, Allegiant, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, & United Airlines

Ground Transportation

The Francis Marion Hotel is 12 miles from the airport.

Taxis: Taxi service is available in the center median outside baggage claim.

Uber/Lyft: Exit through the baggage claim doors and follow the rideshare signs. Cross both roadways and turn right at the last sidewalk.

Downtown Shuttle: The Downtown Shuttle into Charleston is available for $15 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes of request. The shuttle is a shared ride and may make other stops downtown. The shuttle runs early morning until after the last arriving flight each night.

Rental Cars: Six rental car companies operate within Charleston International Airport’s Car Pavilion which is located at the end of the terminal near Baggage Claim: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National. There are also two off-site rentals: Dollar and Thrifty Car Rental

Charleston is known for amazing flavor & food! The Francis Marion Hotel is central to a ton of amazing walkable restaurants. Here are just a few:

Swamp Fox Restaurant

Dining & Lounge located in the Francis Marion Hotel
0 miles from conference
397 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Virginia’s on King

Southern & Lowcountry Cuisine
0.1 miles from conference
412 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Monza Pizza Bar

Wood-Fired Pizza, Salads, Pasta
0.3 miles from conference
541 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Coast Bar & Grill

Seafood & Lowcountry Cuisine
0.2 miles from conference
39 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Carolina Ale House

Sports Bar
0.1 miles from conference
145 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer

Coffee, pastries, beer, & wine
0.1 miles from conference
4 Vanderhorst Street, Charleston, SC 29403


Greek Cuisine
0.2 miles from conference
114 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403


Joe Riley Waterfront Park

Vendue Range, Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401
Waterfront Park is an eight-acre park along approximately one-half mile of the Cooper River. It has a beautiful pineapple foundation is known for its beautiful views!

Middleton Place

4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
A National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in American and an enduring, vibrant, and essential part of the Charleston and American experience.
Adults $26

Battery & White Point Gardens

2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401
White Point Garden is a 5.7-acre public park located downtown at the peninsula. It is the southern terminus for the Battery, a defensive seawall and promenade.

South Carolina Aquarium

100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
Come see aquatic wildlife native to South Carolina swamps, rivers, and coastline from alligators to seagoing turtles with a huge 385 thousand gallon tank prominently anchored in the center of the expansive building.
Adults $29.95

The Charleston Museum

360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum, America’s First Museum, has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, celebrating, and sharing ever since. The collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed to inspire curiosity and conversation – about the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Adults $12

Rainbow Row

83 E Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Rainbow Row is the name for a series of thirteen colorful, historic houses downtown Charleston. It represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the US.

Angel Oak Tree 

3688 Angel Oak Road, Johns Island, SC 29455
The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old, stands 66.5ft tall, measures 28ft in circumference, and produces shades that cover 17,200 sq. feet. It’s an absolute must-see!

Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour

Listen to a master storyteller bring to life tales of the supernatural as you explore spooky locations, including special after-hours access to a paranormal hot spot, the Unitarian Church Graveyard.
Prices vary.