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Giving Day Leaders Sparking Inspiration

The GiveGab team celebrated the inaugural Giving Day Spark Awards during the kick-off to the 2021 Giving Day Leaders Forum. Through a virtual award ceremony, six deserving partners were recognized for their commitment to their communities. 

As the only Giving Day awards in the country, the Giving Day Spark Awards celebrate hardworking and innovative leaders, sparking community engagement and fundraising growth.

Recognized this year for their incredible efforts, we want to congratulate all our Giving Day Spark Awardees:

The Spark Award

The Amazing Give was honored with The Spark Award for sparking outstanding community engagement during their Giving Day. Hosted by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, the Amazing Give team, led by Lesley Banis, continuously grows community buy-in year-over-year by training participating organizations, building an engaging prize pool, and pioneering new GiveGab features.


New Face of Giving Days

401Gives was nominated as the New Face of Giving Days for being an emerging leader in this space. In 2019, Jenn Remmes of the United Way of Rhode Island began preparing her team and  community for their first Giving Day a full year in advance. When COVID struck in 2020, 401Gives was one of the first Giving Days to run during the height of the pandemic. This Giving Day resulted in Rhode Island nonprofits successfully receiving over $1.3 million in critical funding. Despite being a new Giving Day, Jenn helped other seasoned Giving Day leaders learn how to run their online fundraisers in the midst of COVID, setting up 401Gives to be a leader from the very beginning. 


Renaissance Leader

The Founders Day Giving Challenge was recognized as the Renaissance Leader for being a highly effective and efficient Giving Day run with limited resources. Led by the incredible Karalee Harhaji of the Catholic University of America, she brings an attentive and energetic attitude to the table. She leads not just one, but two highly successful Giving Days per year. Her decisive personality and growth mindset helps her university achieve their fundraising goals year-after-year.  


Spirit of Innovation

Give N Day received the Spirit of Innovation award for pushing the limits of their Giving Day and inspiring creativity. Nicholls State University is always drumming up exciting new strategies to engage donors during Give N Day. Each year they push themselves and the GiveGab team to work together to improve Giving Days of all kinds by recommending core platform updates. During their most recent Giving Day, the Nicholls State team created an in-person “peeling lucky” prize, which successfully engaged their students during an otherwise virtual fundraiser. 

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Partner’s Choice

Missoula Gives and CofC Day were nominated by their Giving Day peers for the Partner’s Choice award. Always happy to problem solve and strategize with other Giving Day leaders, Nikki Robb from Missoula Community Foundation and the College of Charleston team with CofC Day were nominated for the Partner’s Choice award by their peers. Their energetic presence and leadership has Giving Day partners in both the education and nonprofit space calling to learn from their successes. 

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Our industry-leading Giving Day platform wouldn’t be what it is today without some of the brightest minds and most forward-thinking fundraisers who host their Giving Day events alongside us. 

Creativity and tenacity allowed development and marketing professionals to adopt and grow virtual engagement efforts during a challenging year, defined by a global pandemic. Our bold and determined partners inspired the Giving Day Spark Awards, as we sought to recognize their efforts and success.


Learn more about our Giving Day Spark Award winners: