Top Reasons to Attend RAISE 2020

Calling all nonprofit leaders and #FearlessFundraisers, this conference a MUST HAVE!

RAISE 2020 presented by OneCause® is for nonprofit and fundraising professionals wanting to raise their fundraising game.

RAISE is part interactive learning + part crowd-sourcing = and 100% FUNdraising! Join cutting-edge nonprofits for two days (September 14 – 15, 2020) of trends, best practices, and sessions to unlock the innovator in all of us.

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Here are the top 7 reasons to be at RAISE 2020:

1.  Learn from fundraising experts

This conference provides a space for fundraising professionals from around the country to  gather for 2 full days and learn from industry insiders. There are four session tracks to challenge fundraising innovation: Event & Auction Fundraising, Fundraising Strategy, Peer-to-Peer & Social Engagement, plus product Product Workshops and our Connections Expo!


RAISE 2020 Session Tracks


2.  Interact with amazing speakers 

Event fundraisers, industry experts, and thought leaders from across the country will present fundraising best practices and share relevant trends. They will leave you feeling equipped, inspired, and energized.

The RAISE 2020 speaker lineup will be announced in mid-May.

Here’s a sampling of the who’s who from last year.

Speaker List

3.  Fundraising rockstar Ian Adair, to Keynote RAISE 

Ian Adair is a three-time nonprofit executive director. He has built successful organizations all across the country through winning donor attention, cultivating strong boards, and revitalizing mission awareness with stakeholders and community partners.

He has keynoted conferences around the country, bringing his 20+ years plus development experience, humor and wisdom to help fundraisers raise their game!

We are thrilled to have Ian keynote this year’s event, bringing his twenty plus years of direct fundraising expertise and passion for helping nonprofits break through the noise and improve donor engagement. – Steve Johns, CEO

Ian Adair

Top Fundraiser Ian Adair

4.  All-Star networking, accommodations and fare  

At RAISE we believe, we’re at our best when we share ideas and work together. So, we build in plenty of time for interaction and peer connections. Come meet like-minded fundraisers, industry experts, and expand your circle of contacts while having a blast. 

RAISE takes place at the beautiful Capital Hilton. Located in the heart of DC, it’s minutes from the National Mall, White House, monuments, and museums. Each day, fresh, fantastic food (breakfast and lunch) is catered (yep, no box lunches here!).

Monday features the famous RAISE cocktail reception. Join #FearlessFundraisers from across the country to share laughs and stories. Tickets will go fast, and you don’t want to miss out, so join the fun!

Capital Hilton in Washington D.C. RAISE 2020 Conference

5.  Receive CFRE Credits 

Participants at RAISE 2020 have the ability to earn up to four Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) continuing education credits. CFRE is an independent global organization that oversees a certification process for fundraising professionals. 

Full participation in RAISE is applicable for 4 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification. 

6. Explore Washington D.C. 

Summer in Washington DC is a must for anyone who loves history, art, culture, architecture, and food. The city was home to the inaugural RAISE conference in 2017. And we couldn’t be more excited to be back where it all began!

Taking place in the heart of Washington DC, the city has it all. There are dozens of memorials to visit, but many of the most popular are all on or around the National Mall – including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial (just to name a few).

Washington D.C. RAISE 2020 Conference by OneCause

7. Meet our Raise sponsors

We value the power of partnerships. Raise features fantastic sponsors, well versed in supporting nonprofits and fundraising. Stop by our Connections Expo and meet them! We are grateful for the support of our amazing Raise partners: 



Early Bird Registration is $349 thru April 15th (regular admission $449). Conference pass includes 2 day conference admission, food, beverages, interactive sessions and social activities. Registration can be completed online at Register today to save your spot!

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