United Way of Central Ohio

Call for Nominations

Do you know a Champion of Children?  We are currently seeking nominations for the 2014 Champion of Children Awards.

The Champion of Children Signature Event offers opportunities to highlight those community best practices working to meet educational needs. It also enables United Way to hold up and honor community champions who work on behalf of all children in central Ohio.  The intent of this event is to mobilize the broadest audience of community advocates to work on behalf of all children and build Central Ohio’s capacity for long-term economic success. To find someone that truly champions the cause of children in Central Ohio, we are asking you to participate by nominating the next Champions of Children.  Nomination forms are attached.

You can nominate Champions in two categories:

1.    Nonprofit Organization Champion of Children Award

This award highlights best practices in education through nonprofit organizations.  We are seeking nominations from organizations that broadly contribute to the success of children along the educational continuum with an emphasis on either kindergarten readiness and/or high school graduation results.

We encourage you to nominate an organization that embodies the ideals of Champion of Children by helping children and youth succeed, demonstrating outstanding leadership in some aspect of the education continuum, understanding emerging and changing community and education needs and trends and responding to those with innovation and impact, demonstrating impact with verifiable results, and maintaining strong relationships within the community to enhance success for children and youth.

Furthermore, we would like to invite you to nominate a deserving individual for the 2014 Champion of Children Award. For more than 20 years, Champion of Children has honored one individual who exemplifies “the power of one” in improving the lives of children in Central Ohio as indicated below.

Click here to complete your nomination online.

Click here to download a printable nomination form.

2.    Individual Champion of Children Award

Do you know someone in our community who has made a deep, far-reaching, and lasting impact on the lives of children? We encourage nominations on behalf of individuals working in any field with an established record of outstanding service for children who make a difference in the lives of children in central Ohio; inspire a broad community response; have a deep and far-reaching impact; embody characteristics of leadership, persistence, innovation, and commitment; and envision a better tomorrow for all children.  Any person living or working in Franklin County meeting these qualifications may be nominated for the Champion of Children Award.

Click here to complete your nomination online.

Click here to download a printable nomination form.


These two awards will be presented and the recipients will be honored at Champion of Children Signature Event to be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The award presentation will be followed by a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.  The award recipients must be available to attend the event.

Nominations may be mailed to:

United Way of Central Ohio
Elizabeth Trotman/Evelyn Johns-Rivera
360 South Third Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

or faxed to 614-227-8711, or emailed to championofchildren@uwcentralohio.org. The deadline for nominations is October 25, 2013.  Please mark your calendar now to save the date for this important event on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thank you very much for taking time to nominate an outstanding advocate or nonprofit organization for children!