2013 Partner Awards and Honors

The United Way Awards Program recognizes our extraordinary supporters who go above and beyond, and set the bar for what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Community Spirit Award: BMO Financial Group

The Community Spirit Award is United Way’s highest honor recognizing the company that best exemplifies the spirit of caring for the people of our community through outstanding employee and community engagement in the area of Education, Income and Health.

Corporate Support Pillar: Bank of America

The Corporate Support Pillar recognizes the company that best aligns its philanthropic goals around strengthening our Chicagoland community and demonstrates its commitment by providing generous financial and/or in-kind support to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Corporate Support Pillar: True Value Company

The Corporate Support Pillar recognizes the company that best aligns its philanthropic goals around strengthening our Chicagoland community and demonstrates its commitment by providing generous financial and/or in-kind support to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Employee Support Pillar: BMO Financial Group

The Employee Support Pillar recognizes the company that best provides employees ample opportunities to invest in their community and the people in it by contributing to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Employee Support Pillar: General Mills

The Employee Support Pillar recognizes the company that best provides employees ample opportunities to invest in their community and the people in it by contributing to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Leadership Giving Pillar: Wells Fargo and Company

The Leadership Giving Pillar recognizes the company whose employees demonstrate extraordinary generosity through contributing Leadership gifts ($1,000+) to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Tocqueville Society Pillar: KPMG LLP

The Tocqueville Society Pillar recognizes the company whose employees demonstrate extraordinary generosity through contributing Tocqueville gifts ($10,000+) to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Volunteerism Pillar: Illinois Tool Works Inc.

The Volunteerism Pillar recognizes the company that best promotes, encourages and supports its employees’ involvement in our community through hands-on volunteerism through United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Communications Pillar: Northern Trust

The Communications Pillar recognizes the company that strategically and effectively raises visibility and awareness through outstanding communication to employees about the impact United Way of Metropolitan Chicago makes in the Chicagoland community.

Growth & Innovation Award: Fifth Third Bank

The Growth & Innovation Award recognizes the organization that best demonstrates creativity and forward-thinking activities by incorporating United Way best practices or developing entirely new strategies in its efforts to generate an increase of at least 10% in fundraising totals over the previous year.

Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award: Comcast

Named after one of the founders of the national United Way movement, the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award recognizes the individual or team who works in an exemplary way throughout the year to educate and inspire employees to invest in their community through United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Diversity Award: Deloitte

The Diversity Award recognizes the company that best demonstrates its commitment to create an inclusive and flexible workplace that enables individuals to embrace their diversity, richness of backgrounds and varying perspectives. The winning organization also supports, promotes and implements it own diversity initiatives or events.

Leo Perlis Labor Participation Award: Exelon, ComEd and IBEW Local 15

The Leo Perlis Labor Participation Award recognizes the local union that excels in its support of and involvement in United Way. The award is named after the former Director of the National AFL-CIO Community Service Program, who was instrumental in forging the earliest organized labor partnerships with United Way.