Corporate Advocate of the Year Award
Each year, CWLA designates one company for its Corporate Advocate of the Year Award. This company is selected for its outstanding, unparalleled, commitment to children, youth, and families. All of the nearly 700 CWLA member agencies are invited to submit nominations.
A representative from the Corporate Advocate of the Year is invited to attend CWLA's National Conference in Washington, DC, to accept the award in person. This provides excellent visibility and networking opportunities for the Corporate Advocate, as approximately 1,100 attendees from across the United States--including direct-service staff, board leaders, legislators, child advocates, consumers, CEOs, academic specialists, and representatives of the electronic and print media--attend each year. Additionally, CWLA circulates a press release for the Corporate Advocate, highlighting its exceptional community involvement. The Corporate Advocate of the Year Award aims to establish a dialogue between CWLA and the corporation for continued involvement in protecting America's children, youth, and families.
2009 Corporate Advocate of the Year
Chicago-based U.S. Cellular says is not just in the business of connecting calls, but connecting people. This includes connecting with their communities through volunteerism, grant making, and donating wireless service to nonprofits serving economically disadvantaged youth, families, and seniors. This year, U.S. Cellular introduced the Calling All Communities program to combat the rising shortfall in funding for education. More than 120,000 votes were cast to nominate schools, 10 of which will receive $100,000 each. U.S. Cellular was nominated for the award by UCAN, a CWLA member.
2008 Corporate Advocate of the Year
The Mohegan Tribe/Mohegan Sun
Nominated by the Waterford Country School, The Mohegan community was honored for its state and national philanthropic initiatives that promote the well-being of children and families. Specifically, the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun Casino have funded programs involving health care, child safety initiatives, educational programming, and support of at-risk and disadvantaged children and families. The Mohegan community encourages participation in community service projects by coordinating "Day of Caring" events in which tribal members and casino employees volunteer.
2007 Corporate Advocate of the Year
Freddie Mac Corporation and Freddie Mac Foundation
The Freddie Mac Foundation has demonstrated a record of philanthropic support for causes focused primarily on metropolitan Washington, DC, investing more than $300 million since 1991. Through its investments, the foundation focuses on being a housing leader and strengthening communities. The foundation helps children and their families by finding permanent homes for foster children, developing youth, and ensuring children and their families can become stable and self-sufficient through supportive housing and services. The foundation is being honored tonight specifically for its work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Beyond its initial disaster relief--which included a combined $10 million in charitable investments and a significant donation of time and effort to create houses for those in need--the company is helping Katrina victims long-term. Through the Katrina Fund for Foster Children, the foundation's funding provided displaced families--including foster families--with housing, employment, and case management services so they could rebuild their lives. The families supported not only survived, but also rebuilt the stability and quality of life that Katrina so severely damaged.
2006 Corporate Advocate of the Year
UniSource Energy Corporation
According to the Arizona's Children Association, which nominated UniSource for this award, the corporation has a track record of supporting the work of charitable organizations that serve the most vulnerable children, youth, and families. Having focused on community well-being and volunteerism since the early 1990s, UniSource's corporate policies and practices exemplify its commitment to the betterment of the communities in which it does business. Partnering with an average of 450 nonprofit organizations annually, and providing scholarships for any full-time nonprofit employee in Pima County, Arizona, are just two of the ways UniSource lives up to its corporate motto, "We are there when you need us."
2005 Corporate Advocate of the Year
Bank of America
BOA's impressive community-impact mission is to offer lending and investment products that serve low- and moderate-income individuals and families; improve underserved low- and moderate-income communities; and create sustainable practices for the long haul.
2004 Corporate Advocate of the Year
Cisco Systems, based in San Jose, California, is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. The company's extensive partnership with Inwood House has included fundraising, marketing, agencywide technology enhancements, job readiness and employment opportunities, and opportunities for technology literacy.
2003 Corporate Advocate of the Year
Prudential Financial has been involved in many CWLA initiatives, on both a local and national level, providing support for our work in behalf of children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, and for cultural competence training. For the past six years, Prudential has partnered with CWLA to create the Prudential Positive Parenting Program. In 2003, Prudential continued its support with a new three-year commitment to CWLA's Creating Parenting-Rich Communities initiative.
2002 Corporate Advocate of the Year
When the people at Providian Financial launched a community giving program called Providian Cares, they meant it! Providian clearly cares--its child care initiative alone succeeded in securing affordable, quality child care for hundreds of low- and moderate-income families. The organization has established numerous strong partnerships that do good work for children, families, and communities where Providian employees live and work.
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