Annual Spirits of Gold Awards
This annual awards and recognition gala celebrates the spirit and generosity of the people, organizations, agencies and workplaces that displayed outstanding leadership and dedication during our annual campaign.
Awards for the 2016 campaign were presented on February 13, 2017. Take a look at our Facebook album to view photos from last year's awards gala.
Award of Excellence (< 500 employees / > 500 employees)
This is United Way’s most prestigious workplace campaign award. Candidates in the over 500 employee category demonstrate outstanding and innovative campaigns with 40% average participation over 3 years; candidates in the under 500 employee category have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with 50% average participation over 3 years. They have an active Leadership Giving program and a commitment to making Calgary a great city for everyone. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.
Gen Next Award
This award recognizes organizations that have engaged the next generation (20s and 30s) in their campaign through specific events, educational activities and on their Campaign Committee.
This award recognizes a United Way Campaign Volunteer who has exceeded expectations and created a greater awareness of United Way in the community through their personal involvement and initiative.
This award celebrates noteworthy workplace campaigns within each division. Appreciating the diversity in size and scope of our 900 workplace supporters, the winning organization may have exhibited strong management support, a significant increase in Leadership giving and total donations, a surge in employee involvement and has taken a fresh and innovative approach to their United Way campaign. All candidates embody United Way’s Change Starts Here philosophy of partnering with United Way to make positive change in our community.
Core to the Community
This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Core Giving Program. Core donors are those who give up to $1,199. The nominated organizations have demonstrated excellent use of the Core Giving materials, have high participation and engagement rates, and have shown an increase in their Core donor base and Core dollars raised over the previous year.
Leading the Way
This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Leadership Giving program. Leaders are those individuals who give $1,200 or more to the campaign on an annual basis. Candidates have shown a significant increase in Leadership donors and dollars over the previous year.
Welcome to United Way
This award recognizes organizations that are supporting United Way for the first time. To be eligible, the organization must not have conducted an employee campaign during the past five consecutive years. Eligible candidates demonstrate a commitment to the community by empowering their employees to give, volunteer, and act.
Quantum Leap (< 500 employees / > 500 employees)
This award recognizes organizations and their employees who have achieved a significant increase in funds raised and increase of donors in the current year over the previous year. Candidates also demonstrated significant management support and an increase in overall giving. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.
Employees Making a Difference in the Community
This award recognizes organizations and their employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of United Way’s Campaign Engagement activities. Participation in United Way Day of Caring® projects year-round, inviting United Way speakers to events, hosting or attending “Living on the Edge” Simulation, attending Agency Tours and other engagement activities booked through the Campaign Engagement Department all demonstrate strong engagement with the work of United Way in the community.
Campaign Innovation Award
This award recognizes organizations that are supporting United Way of Calgary & Area in a new, innovative, and exciting way. The organization awarded in this category has demonstrated a strong alignment to the work of United Way by mobilizing Calgarians to get involved with their community.
Awards for Our Agency Partners
This award recognizes an initiative or agency that has implemented a social innovative idea that led to a community or organizational change. Eligible candidates will demonstrate extraordinary inventiveness of a solution and how it breaks from traditional approaches, clearly defined metrics and a measurable record of improvement, and a plan for promoting and continuing innovation.
This award recognizes agencies and their employees who exemplify a commitment to making their services open and accessible to the diverse citizens in our community. To be eligible, five areas will be assessed including: leadership - raising awareness of equality, diversity, and inclusion issues; a dedicated approach to increasing diversity and inclusion, specific engagement strategies to encourage employee, community, and stakeholder engagement; integration of diverse populations in service design; and a demonstrable impact on the creation of equality, diversity and inclusion.
George Blondeau Aboriginal Support and Awareness Builder
This award recognizes agencies and their employees whom exemplify a commitment to support the Aboriginal community and build awareness to both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community through their services. Eligible candidates will demonstrate an internal policy to actively include Aboriginal peoples; implement inclusion and consultation practices of Aboriginal peoples in service design, cultural practices, and governance; and include knowledge and awareness of the topic of intergenerational trauma.
Together We Can
This award recognizes a collaborative initiative which has developed significant partnerships with community agencies, community groups, government, businesses and/or Citizens to address and alleviate complex social problems that can’t be solved by one sector or organization alone in order to achieve large-scale, lasting social change. Eligible candidates will identify a community gap in collaboration; collaborate with others toward influencing systems and policy change; develop collaborative approaches that strengthen the network and capacity of non-profits; and achieve outcomes that would not be possible alone.
2017 Event sponsors
Thank you to these amazing sponsors who have made our February 13 event possible!