Friday, November 2, 2018 | 7:30 - 9:30 am | Italian Community Center

BizTimes Media presents the fifth annual awards program to salute southeastern Wisconsin’s best corporate citizens and most effective nonprofit organizations.

Trauma’s Effect on Milwaukee’s Workforce

Psychological trauma knows no boundaries, damaging individuals in urban and rural areas and harming the social and economic systems in which they live. In the workplace, trauma often translates to absenteeism, difficulty establishing professional relationships and poor decision making.

Learn more about trauma from Dr. Mike Lovell, president of Marquette University, Amy Lovell, president of REDgen, and Frank Cumberbatch, vice president of engagement for Bader Philanthropies and see how you can help guide our community toward solutions. Immediately following the presentation, we will present the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.


Congratulations to the 2018 Finalists & Awards Winners:

Corporate Citizenship Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Klumb family, KS Energy video-play-small-icon

Corporate Citizen of the Year: 
This award is given to a for-profit organization in recognition of its impact to a single or multiple nonprofit organizations through financial contributions collective efforts to promote, encourage and organize fundraising efforts and company-sponsored programs and/or events engaging employees to participate in volunteerism.

  • WINNER: Cousins Subs video-play-small-icon
  • First Bank Financial Centre
  • Komatsu Mining Corp.

Corporate Volunteer of the Year
This award is given to a for-profit non-executive volunteer who demonstrates outstanding dedication to a nonprofit or multiple nonprofit organizations.  Active volunteerism can be ongoing or linked to a specific single project or cause.

  • WINNER: Marcell Jackson, GE Healthcare video-play-small-icon
  • Tim Stewart, DeWitt Ross & Stevens

In-Kind Supporter
This award is given to a professional or company that provides in-kind support to single or multiple nonprofit organizations through any type of non-financial contributions.

  • ManpowerGroup
  • WINNER: The Marcus Corporation video-play-small-icon
  • Z2

Next Generation Leadership 
This award is given to for-profit, (under 40 year-old) executive who demonstrates leadership and significant contributions to single or multiple nonprofit organizations through active leadership on a board and/or strategic management/guidance.

  • WINNER: Erik Kennedy, Aurora Health Care video-play-small-icon
  • Christine Richards, Richards Group Allstate

Nonprofit Awards

Nonprofit Collaboration of the year award
This award recognizes a collaborative project that encompasses developed collaborative relationships with other nonprofit organizations engagement of multiple stakeholders within the community being served and innovation in approaching a community problem or issue and have leveraged these relationships to make and even more meaningful impact in the community. Note: since this award recognizes a project that may involve multiple organizations or individuals, it may be “awarded” to more than one part of the project in recognition of their contributions.

  • WINNER: Dominican Center for Women Inc. and Hunger Task Force video-play-small-icon
  • Elevate Inc.
  • Outreach Community Health Centers

Nonprofit Executive of the Year
This award is given to a nonprofit leader who demonstrates vision and innovation in advancing the mission of the nonprofit extensive involvement in a nonprofit and/or creativity in bringing new resources and opportunities to the nonprofit.

  • Lynda Kohler, SHARP Literacy Inc.
  • WINNER: Angela Mancuso, The Women’s Center Inc. video-play-small-icon
  • Ann Petrie, Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin

Nonprofit (organization) of the year
This award is given to a nonprofit organization (not an individual) in recognition for creativity and innovation in building a sustainable organization excellence in teamwork and an outstanding dedication to the organization’s mission in the community organizational excellence in management and operations

Large (operating budget $3M and above)

  • WINNER: Discovery World Ltd. video-play-small-icon
  • My Choice Family Care
  • Luther Manor

Small (operating budget under $3M)

  • Cathedral Center Inc.
  • WINNER: CORE El Centro video-play-small-icon
  • Literacy Services of Wisconsin Inc.
  • Northwest Side Community Development Corp.

Social Enterprise
This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that demonstrates creative application of the principles of social enterprise in the operation and funding of the organization.

  • Brew City MKE Beer Museum
  • FEI Behavioral Health
  • WINNER: Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity video-play-small-icon

Past Events & Winners:

2017 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards


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