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United Way of Central Ohio’s Celebration of Excellence Honors Organizations that Fight Poverty

May 2nd, 2017

United Way of Central Ohio recognized the outstanding campaigns of partner organizations at its annual Celebration of Excellence held at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University.   In partnership with United Way, these organizations help fight poverty in our community.

Grange Insurance received the highest honor, the Corporate Award of Excellence, which recognizes overall achievement in corporate and volunteer philanthropic efforts.  Grange’s deep commitment to philanthropic leadership is evident in its employee volunteer engagement, dollar for dollar company match on gifts, and impressive leadership giving efforts. This year, Grange employees increased their donations by a generous 12%.

This is the twelfth year that the Corporate Award of Excellence has been presented.  Previous winners are American Electric Power (AEP)-IBEW Local 1466, Nationwide, UPS, Deloitte, Bruner Corporation, METTLER TOLEDO, EY and Columbia Gas of Ohio.

The highest honor for United Way member agencies, the Funded Partner Award of Excellence, went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.  This award recognizes overall campaign excellence among United Way’s funded partners.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, a longstanding partner of United Way, had remarkable employee participation for the 2016 campaign.  The CEO leads by example with giving and encourages staff participation. The organization’s strong partnership and commitment to mentoring is exemplary.

Lisa S. Courtice, Ph.D., United Way of Central Ohio’s President and CEO presented The Richard V. Carrick Community Leadership Award, which recognizes a funded partner for excellence in addressing community needs through collaboration and innovation.  The award went to Directions for Youth & Families for the organization’s excellent work providing trauma-informed programming.

Dr. Courtice said, “I’m honored to be the new leader of United Way of Central Ohio.  I am particularly excited to be involved in our work to revitalize our priority neighborhoods of South Linden and the South Side.  The funds raised by our dedicated partners will help us transform those communities and help people across central Ohio.”

Awards for outstanding efforts in specific campaign areas went to:

  • Best New Partner – Providers of Healthy Living

This award recognizes an organization that has run its first employee campaign, has incorporated model campaign strategies and has made United Way a part of its organizational culture.

  • Live United 365 Award – American Electric Power-IBEW Local 1466

This award recognizes an organization that incorporates United Way into its culture year-round.

  • Leadership Giving Award – METTLER TOLEDO

This award honors an organization with strong CEO and management team support, and increased numbers of leadership givers and affinity group members.

  • Impact Partnership Award – KPMG LLP

This award recognizes an organization that works hard to help United Way make the greatest community impact possible through volunteerism, corporate grants and sponsorships.

The awards were presented by Robert Schottenstein, President and CEO, M/I Homes, who served as 2016 Campaign Co-Chair; Lisa S. Courtice Ph.D. and Angel Harris, SVP, Resource Development & Chief Development Officer.

Schottenstein said,” The fact that so many people within our community live in poverty is unacceptable. We all must work together in this fight if we are to succeed.”

Schottenstein also announced that the 2016 annual campaign raised more than $28.5 million in Dollars to Mission.  This result clearly shows the portion of fundraising efforts that goes directly to fighting poverty in central Ohio.

Dollars to Mission funds are invested in programs that address the root causes of poverty in our community.  Through Dollars to Mission funds young children are assessed for success in kindergarten and connected with the help they need to succeed; adults are connected to training and opportunities that lead to good jobs; seniors are given the help they need to stay in their homes; youth are able to attend high-quality, after-school programs where they can develop important life skills; and neighborhood leaders in the priority neighborhoods of South Linden and the South Side are empowered to improve the places where they live.

Schottenstein went on to thank his wife Jeri Block who served as co-chair and Susan Wilson who served as 2016 Labor Co-Chair.  And he introduced the 2017 Campaign Chair, David Blom, president and CEO, OhioHealth, and 2017 Labor Co-Chair, Andrew Jordan, president, TWU Local 208.

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