Campaign Recognition Awards
Approximately 700 organizations generously dedicated their time and financial support to United Way of the Midlands during the 2017 campaign, empowering us to create lasting change within the community. To celebrate their efforts, we decided to add a recognition component to our 2018 Annual Meeting.
While we wish we could recognize the contributions of every partner, we plan to present awards to those companies who have gone above and beyond to support UWM. We believe the following awards will capture the unique and varied nature of our partnerships: Volunteer Organization of the Year, New Business Partner of the Year and Corporate Partners of the Year. Because we know small organizations can still make a big impact, the Corporate Partner of the Year award will be presented to companies within four different employee size categories.
Our intent is to award a single winner in each category, but we wanted to share the top contenders for each award with you as well.
Volunteer Organization of the Year
This award will be presented to a company that consistently strives to improve our community through volunteerism. Selection was based on the percentage of total employees who participated in UWM volunteer events during the 2017 campaign year.
Sojern has generously supported UWM through volunteerism for the last two years. During the 2017 campaign year, 970 Sojern employees participated in UWM volunteer events.
456 of these employees participated in Sojern’s customized volunteer project, during which they prepared and packaged reading kits for UWM’s Day of Action. Sojern served as the sponsor for Day of Action, donating $10,000 to cover the cost of materials for the event. Sojern employees also donated 452 books to include in the reading kits. Additionally, 30 volunteers delivered the kits and read to local kids on Day of Action and 32 participated in Day of Caring. Both are UWM signature volunteer events.
Sojern has specialized in traveler path-to-purchase data for over a decade, delivering more than $13B in direct bookings for clients to date by activating multi-channel branding and performance solutions.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Deloitte (tie) and First National Bank (tie)
New Business Partner of the Year
This award will be presented to a business that recently chose to invest in our community through United Way of the Midlands. Businesses that did not donate to UWM in the previous campaign year were eligible for consideration. Selection criteria included dollars pledged, employee participation percentage and per capita giving.
Nebraska Total Care held an engaging first-year campaign, with a remarkable 95 percent employee base participation. Together, they raised an impressive sum for UWM and our community.
Nebraska Total Care is a Managed Care Organization and subsidiary of Centene Corporation (Centene). The organization delivers quality healthcare in the state of Nebraska through local, regional and community-based resources.
Leo A. Daly and Baxter Auto
Corporate Partner of the Year
This award will be presented to businesses in four different employee size ranges that have shown an exceptional level of dedication to United Way of Midlands and the community through their corporate campaign fundraising efforts. To be eligible, the organization’s total gift must exceed $3,000. Selection criteria included year-over-year growth, participation rate and per capita giving.
Corporate Partner of the Year Under 100 Employees
Columbia Insurance Group has been a dedicated UWM partner for 20 years. During the 2017 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2016 campaign by nearly 68 percent. Ninety-two percent of their employee base participated.
Columbia Insurance Group is a mutual insurance carrier that strives to build enduring relationships with their customers by providing exceptional service and value.
Holmes Murphy, Chastain Insurance Agency and Union Bank and Trust (tie)
Corporate Partner of the Year Under 100-199 Employees
ACCESSbank has been a proud partner of UWM since 2009. During the 2017 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2016 campaign by nearly 55 percent. Ninety-one percent of their employee base participated.
ACCESSbank is a locally owned Omaha bank that specializes in consumer & commercial banking.
The Harry A. Koch Co. has partnered with UWM for more than 10 years. During the 2017 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2016 campaign by 39 percent. Eighty-one percent of their employee base participated.
The Harry A. Koch Co. is an independent insurance broker providing a full range of risk management and insurance products and services to clients locally, regionally and globally.
Fraser Stryker and AG Processing
Corporate Partner of the Year Under 200-800 Employees
Security National Bank has generously donated to the community through UWM since 2008. During the 2017 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2016 campaign by more than 10 percent. Ninety-four percent of their employee base participated.
Security National Bank has called the Greater Omaha area home for over half a century. They take a comprehensive approach to their customers’ banking needs, backed by personal service from established professionals.
Tenaska and Wells Fargo
Corporate Partner of the Year Under 801+ Employees
Lozier has generously supported UWM since 2009. During the 2017 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2016 campaign by almost five percent. Forty-three percent of their employee base participated.
Headquartered in Omaha with facilities across the U.S., Lozier Corporation is the leading manufacturer of store fixtures. Retailers around the world have relied on their quality products and service for over 60 years.
First National Bank and UPS (tied)