21NTC Session

Innovations in Virtual Event Fundraising Technology


With the shift from in-person to virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of fundraising is here. In order for nonprofits to survive – and thrive – in this new normal it is imperative to understand the all-in-one technology platforms available to help your organization develop an effective virtual fundraising strategy. In this session, you will learn about the latest online fundraising tools to seamlessly manage every aspect of a virtual fundraising campaign, and learn more about the Virtual Fundraising Guide created by NTEN and Pledgeling.

This session will be led by James & Grace of Pledgeling, a company that is leading advancements in the all-in-one fundraising technology space, and will include interactive polls with the audience to build a Q&A session around their interests and a panel of special guests who have used the latest online fundraising tools in successful fundraising campaigns for their nonprofit since COVID hit.

Session Type

60 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how easy it is to integrate the latest all-in-one technology platforms to build out successful virtual events
  • Understand how technology allows your organization to engage virtual event attendees with real time features including a virtual donation overlay
  • Learn how to engage your supporters, volunteers, and the community at large to seamlessly fundraise for your organization

Target Audience

Nonprofits interested in the latest features of technology platforms for virtual fundraising campaigns, executing virtual events, and tracking donor data




James Citron



James Citron is the CEO of Pledgeling and a serial entrepreneur committed to harnessing the power of exponential technology to create a more connected, healthy, and sustainable planet.
As the CEO of Pledgeling, James leads the strategic vision and organizational growth of the company, which is one of the industry’s most innovative and widely used fundraising platforms for mission-driven companies, nonprofits, and individuals. Pledgeling’s fintech platform powers the charitable donations and crowdfunding of over 5,000 companies and organizations, including Discovery, Snapchat, Zoom, and the United Nations, reaching two million nonprofits and charitable organizations operating in over 100 countries around the world. During COVID, Pledgeling’s mobile-first platform has become the industry standard in virtual fundraising and has powered many of the largest virtual fundraising efforts across top television channels, streaming platforms, and mobile applications. Unique in its industry, Pledgeling tracks the impact of donations processed via its platform and is proud to share some of the recent milestones achieved by select customers, including:
· Over 300,000 children will be provided access to essential school supplies
· Over 1,300,000 people will be provided access to clean water
· Over 500 million meals will be provided to kids living in hunger
Before Pledgeling, James ran three of the largest text messaging companies in the United States, which engaged 1 of 2 Americans on mobile and over 500 million consumers globally. It was during this time that James discovered the disruptive power of exponential technology to change lives as his platform delivered billions of text messages on behalf of heads of state (including Former President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Modi), tens of thousands of companies and nonprofits, including Crisis Textline, using the power of mobile to save lives. James led two of those companies to acquisitions by Silver Lake and Blackstone private equity-owned companies and the third continues as one of the leading companies in its industry.
James is personally passionate about helping to eradicate illiteracy, homelessness, and hunger and empowering female entrepreneurship. Mr. Citron is an investor in the first female-owned green energy provider in the State of California, Green Wealth Energy, a member of NationSwell and on the CEO Advisory Board of Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles. James is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Venice, California with his wife and two children.

Grace Chung

SVP, Strategic Partnerships


Grace Chung is Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Pledgeling, responsible for working with companies of all sizes to integrate purpose and impact.

Prior to joining the Pledgeling team, Grace spent the past decade at the intersection of tech and social impact to support corporations, government and nonprofit organizations around the world. She led global corporate responsibility for AECOM’s 90,000 employees, launching the first-ever employee travel grant program in the architecture, construction, engineering industry. She also launched the Tech for Good program at Yahoo, leveraging products and technical expertise for social good initiatives with nonprofit partners.

Grace is a graduate of American University (BA) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPP). She serves on the board of Access Ventures, an impact investment firm that strives to build more inclusive economies through mission-aligned investments that enable communities to flourish.

Joey Womack


Goodie Nation

With a life’s purpose of helping to equalize socio-economic disparities in communities all over the world, Joey Womack’s goal is to positively impact 1 billion people by the year 2039. Part super-connector, part startup coach, he is the Founder/CEO of Goodie Nation, a national support nonprofit that is closing the relationship gap for for tech-focused social entrepreneurs and diverse founders, and the Founder/CEO of Amplify 4 Good, a mission-driven agency that uses rapid problem-solving to help large companies, nonprofits, and government agencies create social impact.

Womack has been named a 2020-2021 Game Changing Founder of Color by SOCAP, one of Atlanta’s 500 most powerful business leaders by Atlanta Magazine, received the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) Diversity in Tech Game Changer Award for Community Engagement and Equity Champion Award by Startup Atlanta, named one of the Top 10 social entrepreneurs in Atlanta by Hypepotamus, featured by McDonalds, PepsiCo, and Jack Daniels for commitment to social impact, and listed by Huffington Post as one of the Top 20 Innovators in the Atlanta Tech Startup Scene.
He serves on the boards for Startup Atlanta, Venture Atlanta, and the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative as well as advisory boards for SXSW and SOCAP’s Spectrum Conference. An entrepreneur since his student days, Womack also launched digitalguestlist.com in 2002 while earning his MBA at Florida A&M University.

Corinne Graper


The Uplift Agency

After working with grassroots nonprofits around the globe, Corinne Graper realized that corporate social responsibility teams often did not have access to the right data and perspectives to truly understand their organization’s social and environmental impacts on the world. She saw tremendous potential for companies to drive meaningful, systemic change through more strategic philanthropy and business operations.

She founded The Uplift Agency with a team of consultants, communicators and experts with frontline perspectives into the world’s most pressing issues. The Agency’s mission is to uplift organizations to be their best for people and planet. It takes an equity and justice lens across its work.

Corinne’s passion for social change grew out of her firsthand experience — from Fortune 100 corporations to the United Nations, global nonprofits and grassroots organizations. She led a range of CSR, strategy, cause-marketing and communications initiatives at Northwestern Mutual, Allstate Insurance Company and Kellogg Company.

In addition to being the CEO of Uplift, Corinne is an advisor to the United Nations – Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund. She is also on the board of advisors of NeedsList, a technology company that brings efficiency to the global humanitarian aid system. She frequently speaks about the business case for economic empowerment, peace, gender equality, and humanitarian action. She has spoken at the United Nations about how companies can help drive economic inclusion and peace.

Corinne has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communications from Western Michigan University. She and her husband have three young children and two small dogs, which makes her a master at juggling things and tuning out loud noises.



March 24, 2021


1:00pm – 2:00pm