Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." The businesses honored in the Community Impact Awards put this thought into action. Whether a company employs four people or 4,000, it has the ability to make a positive impact. Many Minnesota companies make giving back a part of their culture in a variety of ways. With these awards, we give a nod to the best of their efforts. Winners for the 2014 Community Impact Awards by Minnesota Business Magazine were announced during a Feb. 27 celebration held at Aria in Minneapolis.Category winners and finalists are profiled in the March 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine. Listed below are the winners of each category, along with the top finalists.
Best in Class Award: Large
Recognizes large companies (more than 500 employees) that have excelled at helping nonprofits or other worthy causes.
Best in Class Award: Midsize
Recognizes midsize companies (51 to 500) that have excelled at helping nonprofits or other worthy causes.
Best in Class Award: Small
Recognizes small companies (50 or fewer employees) that have excelled at helping nonprofits or other worthy causes.
Creative Campaign Award
Recognizes pro-bono marketing campaigns by Minnesota creative agencies created for nonprofits or other worthy organizations.
Recognizes companies for providing jobs to Minnesotans -- or purposefully keeping jobs in the state.
Good Leader Award
Recognizes businesspeople whose excellence in character and leadership have made a positive impact.
Long-term Achievement Award
Recognizes companies that have shown at least 10 years of commitment to helping nonprofits or other worthy causes.
Recognizes company programs that help with the mentoring of rising talent in Minnesota.
Pro Bono Professional Services
Recognizes Minnesota companies that have performed pro-bono services for nonprofits or other worthy organizations. Examples could include consulting, accounting services, and legal work.
Social Entrepreneurship Award
Recognizes Minnesota companies that were created to address social, environmental, or other issues.
Recognizes companies for offering their products or services in a way that's better for the environment.
Workplace Giving Campaign Award
Recognizes a successful volunteer or employee-giving campaign for a nonprofit or other worthy organization.
Youth Initiative Award
Recognizes events or programs by Minnesota companies that teach children skills, introduce them to fields of work, or inspire them to become the leaders of tomorrow.