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Celebration of Excellence Recognizes Outstanding Campaigns and Partners

May 10th, 2018

On Tuesday, May 8 at COSI, we honored our funded partners and corporate campaigns that worked with us in 2017 to reduce poverty in central Ohio. Notable successes during the 2017 campaign included DSW employee giving increasing by nearly 30% and Accenture increasing by an incredible 45%.

Awards for the 2017 Campaign included:

Corporate Award of Excellence – METTLER TOLEDO

The Corporate Award of Excellence is United Way’s most distinguished award recognizing overall achievement in the partnership between our corporate partners and the United Way. The recipient of this award embraces best practices and is active and engaged in United Way’s work on a year-round basis.

Funded Partner Award of Excellence – Boys & Girls Club of Columbus

The Funded Partner Award of Excellence is awarded to a United Way funded partner for an outstanding campaign. The recipient of this award embraces campaign best practices and works to educate employees about how the dollars raised impact the community.

Best New Partner – BMO Harris Bank

The Best New Partner award recognizes an organization that has become a new or renewed United Way supporter in the past three years.  This organization incorporates model strategies into their new campaign and makes United Way a part of their organizational culture.

Leadership Giving – Grange Insurance

The Leadership Giving award honors an organization whose CEO and management team are strong champions for their workplace campaign. The organization encourages employees to donate at United Way’s leadership giving level ($1,000 or more per household per year) or an organization-specific leadership giving level, and has shown growth in the number of leadership givers year over year. The organization works with United Way to plan affinity group events.

Impact Partnership – KPMG LLP 

The Impact Partnership award recognizes an organization that works hard to help United Way make the greatest community impact possible. The organization provides volunteer opportunities for employees, including organization participation in the Columbus Volunteer Challenge, and encourages staff involvement on United Way committees. The organization has a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that aligns with United Way’s core work and educates employees on the importance of giving to the Community Impact Fund.

Live United 365 – OCLC

The Live United 365 award recognizes an organization that incorporates United Way into its culture year-round. This organization consistently provides opportunities for employees to engage with United Way, such as: organized volunteer opportunities, agency tours, affinity group lunch and learns, and incorporation of United Way messaging and updates in regular internal communications. This organization thinks creatively about ways to strengthen its partnership with United Way, and engages with a United Way relationship manager regularly.

Richard V. Carrick Award – Columbus Early Learning Centers

The Richard V. Carrick award recognizes a United Way funded partner for excellence in leadership, collaboration, and achievement. The award is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000 to support staff in pursuing professional and leadership opportunities.

Volunteer of the Year – Martyn Redgrave, Managing Partner and CEO, Agate Creek Partners, LLC

The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes an outstanding community volunteer who helps United Way further its mission.

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