About the event
The 2017 Community Impact Awards honor businesses, social enterprise organizations, nonprofits, initiatives and individuals making a significant impact on communities in Minnesota. This is the first time we are including nonprofit organizations in the awards, in recognition of their profound influence on the quality of life in our state. Nominees will be narrowed down by an internal review, and finalists chosen from that pool by a blue ribbon panel of judges based on the effectiveness of their efforts to benefit Minnesota communities. Finalists and winners will be celebrated at an awards gala in February.
Nominations extended through November 15, 2016.
Click here to read the press release announcing the opening of the nomination period.
Click here to see 2016 Community Impact Award winners.
Best in Class: Small Company
Recognizes for-profit companies for overall excellence in making a substantial and positive impact on Minnesota communities. Companies should have 10-50 employees.
2017 Best in Class: Midsize Company
Recognizes for-profit companies for overall excellence in making a substantial and positive impact on Minnesota communities. Companies should have 51-250 employees.
2017 Best in Class: Large Company
Recognizes for-profit companies for overall excellence in making a substantial and positive impact on Minnesota communities. Companies should have 250+ employees.
2017 Arts and Culture Award
Awarded to a Minnesota-based nonprofit with a strong record of cultural enrichment that demonstrates excellence in community outreach programs.
2017 Nonprofit Board Member of the Year Award
Awarded to a member of a board of directors of a Minnesota nonprofit who displays excellence in leadership, resourcefulness, initiative and volunteer hours that go above and beyond the call of duty.
2017 Diverse Business Development Award
Recognizes successful nonprofits, business development corporations, government agencies or chambers of commerce that are devoted to serving people of color, immigrants, women, veterans and others to help them achieve sustainable economic success through business development.
2017 Nonprofit Spotlight Award
Awarded to a nonprofit of any size that has a transformative story to tell about an individual or group that best illustrates the finest work of the nonprofit.
2017 Youth Initiative Award
Recognizes for-profit companies for creating or supporting programs designed to enable youth to develop abilities in areas such as leadership, social responsibility, skilled trades, education and community involvement.
2017 Pro Bono Maximus Award
Awarded to a for-profit company with a superlative pro bono effort or project that provides professional services to to Minnesota nonprofits or other worthy causes and yielded notable results. Qualifying companies may include but are not limited to technological, legal, accounting or creative services.
2017 Social Enterprise Award
Recognizes outstanding social enterprises in Minnesota — organizations that sell goods or services for a social purpose.
2017 Sustainability Award
Recognizes Minnesota for-profit businesses for implementing or supporting programs in the office or beyond that promote sustainability, the environment or the local ecosystem.
2017 Workplace Giving Award
Recognizes a Minnesota-based for-profit company for creating a successful focused employee-giving program or volunteer campaign.
2017 Paragon of Leadership Award
Recognizes a Minnesota for-profit business leader for making a positive impact through service, character and leadership by fostering an environment of corporate giving of money, time through board service or other volunteer activity and/or providing pro bono professional services.