September 14, 2021 — INDIANAPOLISOneCause, a leader in online and event fundraising, recognized fundraising innovation and excellence at its annual Raise Awards ceremony during the Raise 2021 Conference. More than 700 nonprofit fundraising professionals gathered online September 13-14, sharing lessons learned and exploring future strategies to reenergize fundraising.

“An important part of the Raise Conference is celebrating the continued innovation and resilience of our nonprofit community with the annual Raise Awards,” said Steve Johns, chief executive officer for OneCause. “Over the past 4 years we’ve received stories from hundreds of organizations and professionals who are truly changing the future of fundraising. This year’s winners represent nonprofit trailblazers who turned the challenges of the pandemic into opportunities for their causes, finding new ways to engage donors and grow impact.”

Watch the highlights from the Raise Awards Ceremony:

In its fourth year, the Raise Awards expanded its list of honorees to recognize two winners in each of the organizational categories based on nonprofit size and three individuals in the Fundraiser of the Year category. This year’s winners include:

Fundraisers of the Year

The Fundraiser of the Year Award recognizes three nonprofit professionals whose leadership, passion, and success stands out among their peers. Katie Koglman, the CEO of United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties in Wooster, OH was the only female recipient of this year’s award. Katie was selected out of a nationwide pool of candidates. She received the award because she brought a new energy to an organization that hadn’t hit its fundraising goal in over 10 years, she leads with a drive and passion that is unmatched in this arena. She has led the organization to hitting their fundraising goals each year as CEO. Koglman had this to say about her award, “I am so excited to be named the 2021 Fundraiser of the Year. In a year where the common theme was complain and cancel, we embarked on a journey of conquer and claim victory. Our community was depending on us to do just that! Thank you RAISE for this incredible honor.”

The two other winners were: William Miller, Chief Executive Officer for Kean University Foundation- Union, New Jersey, Nathan Smith, Vice President of Philanthropy for RAIN, Inc.- Charlotte, North Carolina

The Innovative Nonprofit of the Year Award recognizes two organizations that uniquely push themselves, inspire others, and consistently reach for new heights by implementing new ideas.

  • Food Outreach, Inc. St. Louis Missouri
  • JDRF Storyteller of the Year- New York, New York

The Storyteller of the Year Award recognizes two organizations for excellence in communicating their purpose through branding, narrative, and promotion that informs the mind and moves the heart.

  • Stray Rescue of St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri
  • Canine Companions- Santa Rosa, California

Winners were selected by a committee of fundraising experts, OneCause customer advisory board members, and a panel of past Raise Award winners. In addition to the award recognition, winners receive a cash donation to their mission on behalf of OneCause.

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About OneCause®
OneCause creates user-friendly fundraising software that helps nonprofits engage donors, raise more money and save valuable time and resources. Our full suite of cloud-based fundraising solutions has powered 6,000 organizations, well over 38,000 fundraising events, and helped nonprofits raise more than $3 billion. OneCause has been recognized by Inc. Best in Business, is a TechPoint MIRA award winner for Pandemic Pivot of the Year, Mobile Technology Excellence & Innovation, and a Stevie® Award winner for excellence and innovation in Customer Service.

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