As part of the QCBJ’s upcoming Connect for a Cause event and Giving Guide, we are seeking to shine the spotlight on the critical work nonprofits do in our communities through our inaugural Connect for a Cause Awards.
We need our readers’ and the public’s help to do it by nominating outstanding companies and leaders who have supported nonprofit organizations as well as nonprofits and nonprofit executives who have significantly impacted the community over the past year. Please make your nominations here.
John Deere is the platinum sponsor of Connect for a Cause.
An independent panel of judges will select the honorees from the nominees in the following four categories:
- Corporate Citizen of the Year: Awarded to a for-profit organization in recognition of its impact on a single nonprofit organization or multiple organizations through financial contributions and collective efforts to promote, encourage and organize fundraising efforts and company-sponsored programs.
- Partnership Award – Small Business (1-99 Employees): Given to a for-profit organization(s) that can best articulate a successful, measurable business outcome from their community service efforts, exemplifying the principle that doing good is also good business.
- Partnership Award – Large Business (100+ Employees): Given to a for-profit organization(s) that can best articulate a successful, measurable business outcome from their community service efforts, exemplifying the principle that doing good is also good business.
- Nonprofit Collaboration of the Year: Recognizing a collaborative project that engages relationships with multiple nonprofit organizations and multiple shareholders within the community and that helps solve a community problem or issue.
Deadline is March 24
The public is invited to nominate a person or organization in one or more of the above categories. Include a summary of their work and examples of why they are deserving. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 24.
The winners will be chosen by an independent selection committee and recognized at the QCBJ Connect for a Cause event, which will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at the Mississippi River Distilling Co.’s Celebration Center in LeClaire.
The award winners also will be recognized in the QCBJ’s Annual Giving Guide. It is generously sponsored by John Deere, Huiskamp-Collins Investments, Ascentra Credit Union, Quad Cities Community Foundation and Royal Neighbors of America.
Nomination entries should highlight achievements from January 2022 – December 2022. Organizations or individuals may submit entries on behalf of themselves or others and may enter any number of categories. For more information, visit here.