Vice President of Donor Relations
Carly Koen is the Vice President of Donor Relations for United Way of Northwest Louisiana. Carly has a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport with a concentration in resource development. She manages United Way’s Donor Relations team, annual campaigns, and fundraising, and spearheads donor stewardship. Carly enjoys stewarding donors and helping connect their philanthropic interests with needs in the community.
She is a Texas native, who grew up in Longview and attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America, an educational nonprofit that provides teachers to many of the most underserved communities in the United States. Teach for America placed her in the heart of the Mississippi Delta to teach 4th-grade math in a small rural community. Her work with students in the Delta sparked a lifelong passion for education and service. Upon arrival in Shreveport, Carly spent several years serving students in our area through her work with Junior Achievement of North Louisiana before joining the United Way team.
Carly is a board member for the Young Professionals Initiative, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and was a 2019 YPI 40 Under Forty honoree. She enjoys volunteering regularly in her community, especially when working with students to expand their educational opportunities. She is also an adventurer at heart, who loves traveling, reading, cooking, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.