Benefunder Selected as Winner in 35th Annual Telly Awards

Winning Video Series Portrays Top Innovators Around the County

June 3, 2015 – Benefunder, an organization that works with wealth management firms to connect high net worth clients with top research causes across the country, has been named a Bronze winner by The Telly Awards for its compelling videos portraying top innovators across the nation.

Benefunder producer Heidi Rataj and her team took honors in the Charitable/Not-for-Profit category for Online Video – Online Webisodes, Segments or Promotional Pieces. To view Benefunder’s award-winning video channel click here.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards celebrate top film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies. This year’s awards received 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “Benefunder’s accomplishment illustrates its creativity, skill, and dedication to its craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Benefunder’s video channel showcases top researchers in their fields – from the environment and education to life sciences, technology, and the arts and humanities – who are feverishly working to solve some of today’s biggest challenges. The videos are also included in individual researcher profiles on Benefunder’s platform.  

“We are honored to be recognized for this outstanding award,” said Christian Braemer, cofounder and CEO of Benefunder. “Our goal is to produce engaging videos and content that highlight the important research our nation’s innovators are doing and the critical need to continue funding their work. Through Benefunder, philanthropists have a perfect opportunity to fund what matters to them while fueling innovation.”


About Benefunder

Benefunder is a community foundation for innovation that has created a new funding channel for research while providing philanthropists with a smarter and more meaningful way to give. Through our Charitable Innovation Fund, we connect donors with the nation’s top innovators across all fields of study, including life sciences, new technologies, the environment and education, and the arts and humanities. Benefunder has the largest active researcher portal in the United States, with more than 600 top innovators who are working on breakthrough treatments and solutions that will greatly impact and benefit society.  More information at Watch the Benefunder video here.


About The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Our mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. For more information visit