2007 Citizen Awards

Best Partnership Award

The "Best Partnership" category is dedicated to raising awareness about excellent models of businesses and nonprofit organizations partnering together effectively. A people’s choice award, the public voting process determines the winning partnership.

Aflac and the Aflac Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Aflac and the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are recognized for their partnership to fight childhood cancer. The partnership goes beyond financial support. Aflac’s executive management is a strong ally in the achievement of the Aflac Cancer Center’s long-term strategic vision of curing pediatric cancer.

Today, the Aflac Cancer Center is one of the largest pediatric cancer facilities in the United States. It treats more than 300 newly diagnosed cancer patients and more than 1,000 sickle cell patients each year with a high success rate in bone marrow transplants. Countless volunteer hours and more than $35 million have been donated to the Aflac Cancer Center.

Booz Allen Hamilton and the Clinton Foundation

Booz Allen Hamilton and the Clinton Foundation are recognized for their partnership to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. Booz Allen is leading project teams in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx and providing pro bono consulting services to small businesses and start-up companies as part of its Urban Enterprise Initiative.

Many businesses have experienced either a marked improvement in revenue and profit growth and/or seen a growth in number of customers and the revenue per customer since their involvement in the program. Practical accomplishments included developing marketing plans and Web sites, establishing financial management systems, renegotiating leases, developing operating manuals, and securing business financing.

General Motors and Earth Force

General Motors and Earth Force are recognized for their Global Rivers Environmental Education (GREEN) partnership, a watershed stewardship program that teaches middle and high school students important science concepts and related skills.

In GM communities, GM employees work with teachers, students, and local community organizations on projects to protect the health of local watersheds while increasing student understanding of scientific concepts. Before and after water quality monitoring, GM supports students in interpreting data, analyzing local issues, applying critical thinking skills, and balancing opposing viewpoints—all with the goal of creating tomorrow’s “citizen scientists.”

Lockheed Martin and United Service Organizations

Lockheed Martin and United Service Organizations are recognized for their partnership to offer support to U.S. military service members and their families. Together, the organizations provide service members care packages with small personal items, such as prepaid worldwide phone cards, disposable cameras, and messages of thanks from citizens.

Lockheed Martin recently surpassed the $1 million mark in support of Operation USO Care Package, with fully two-thirds coming directly from employee monetary donations. Lockheed Martin employees have volunteered more than 18,000 hours to stuff the contents of 110,000 packages or to pass out care packages to deploying service members at airports, military bases, and other locations. The corporation also has donated funds to 10 USO recreation centers around the world, sponsored USO charitable events, and served in leadership roles on USO boards.  

Wal-Mart and America’s Second Harvest

Wal-Mart and America’s Second Harvest (A2H)—The Nation’s Foodbank Network—are recognized for their partnership to fight hunger in the United States. In March 2006, Wal-Mart announced that the company would help A2H raise money by asking Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club customers to contribute cash to help fight hunger, and Wal-Mart pledged to match the funds raised up to $5 million.

As a result of the March campaign, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club customers raised $3.7 million, and Wal-Mart contributed $5 million. In September 2006, nearly 7.5 million meals were delivered through A2H food banks nationwide. More than 400 semitrucks filled with nutritious, protein-rich food were delivered to the food banks, and Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates nationwide assisted with the delivery and distribution of food in their communities. Of the $8.7 million, nearly $1.5 million was applied to the A2H BackPack Program, which is the fastest growing of A2H’s activities. Through the Agency Sustainability Program, select food banks were given grants ranging from $20,000 to $35,000 to purchase supplies and food for the program, and because of the donation, A2H was able to help many new food bank recipients participate for the first time.

International Community Service Award

This award honors a business or an American Chamber of Commerce for a specific community service program outside of the United States.

American International Group

American International Group (AIG) is recognized for its continued humanitarian relief after the first post-earthquake winter in northern Pakistan, northern India, and southern Afghanistan. AIG and its employees contributed $1.3 million to the AIG Disaster Relief Fund in support of relief efforts in the areas affected by the the 2005 catastrophic earthquake.

The Rapid Response Team project, managed by AIG’s partner, the International Organization for Migration, began in the spring of 2006 as hundreds of thousands of displaced families living in tents dealt with the monsoons following the post-earthquake winter. Flooding, mudslides, tent collapses, and road closures resulted in unsanitary basic living conditions and further deaths. The Rapid Response teams filled a critical gap during 2006 and 2007 as most humanitarian relief agencies had left the region after the first winter.


Cisco is recognized for its Cisco Networking Academy®, a program that delivers training opportunities in networking and information technology. Cisco is leveraging its Cisco Networking Academy program through the Least-Developed Counties initiative (LDCi), a parternership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Program.

Third-party evaluations in 2006 from six countries that participate in the program—Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia—showed that nearly two-thirds of the students who participated found jobs after completing the program, and three-fourths of those employed obtained jobs that require networking skills. More than one in 10 students who were surveyed also started their own businesses after completing Networking Academy courses.

Citibank N.A. Ecuador Branch

Citigroup Ecuador is recognized for its support of financial education programs, promoting entrepreneurism and economic self-determination and providing students the skills they need to play an active role in the global economy.

Citigroup Ecuador supports Junior Achievement’s business and financial education programs such as “Banks in Action,” which teaches public high school students the basics of bank management, the importance of banks in the economy, financial decision-making, and analytic and strategic skills through a specialized simulation software. The program includes an interschool competition through which the wining school moves on to represent Ecuador in a Latin American regional competition. Citibank executives also volunteer their time by presenting to classes and sharing their experiences with students as an example of future career opportunities.


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is recognized for its African Malaria Partnership, which supports effective, community-focused responses to prevent and treat malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership has reached more than 2 million people in eight African countries. The GSK African Malaria Partnership is part of GSK’s global corporate citizenship program, which focuses on health and education in underserved communities around the world.

The African Malaria Partnership implements a multipronged approach and has partnered with three nonprofit organizations to implement behavior change programs in vulnerable communities. Through the partnership, GSK supports Freedom from Hunger, a credit-with-education program linking malaria education to the provision of financial services in six West African countries. GSK also supports the African Medical and Research Foundation in Uganda with the Uganda Malaria Partnership Program, which promotes the use of insecticide-treated nets and trains community medicine distributors in antenatal care service and home-based management of fever. In November 2005, GSK’s Africa Malaria Partnership was extended to support Mobilising for Malaria, a new advocacy initiative that will raise awareness of malaria and bring more resources to bear against the disease.

Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc.

Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc., is recognized for its Proficiency Measures for Quality Education program, which provides textbooks and technology in support of public education in the Philippines and has resulted in improved academic performance.

The program provides 74 underprivileged elementary schools with the required textbooks for math and science. In addition, the program supports the Knowledge Channel, an all-education TV channel that airs programming based on the curriculum of the Philippine Department of Education. Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc., provided the Knowledge Channel to 16 public schools in four key provinces in 2006. Since then, there has been an increase and improvement in the learning opportunities for the students, as well as enhanced teaching capacity at the schools.

U.S. Community Service Award

The U.S. Community Service Award honors a business, chamber of commerce, or trade association for a specific community service program in the United States that contributes to social and community development.

Entergy Corporation

Entergy Corporation is recognized for its Low-Income Initiatives Program, which was started to eradicate poverty in the communities it serves—Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas. Since 2006, Entergy customers, employees, and shareholders have contributed $2.4 million to help 18,584 low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis pay their utility bills.

Entergy Corporation supports initiatives that help low-income individuals and families achieve economic self-sufficiency, including job training, literacy, scholarships, and affordable housing programs. Entergy champions Individual Development Accounts, which match savings accounts for low-income families to help build assets, save for college, or purchase a first home or primary vehicle. Entergy partners with groups like the IRS to help educate low-income individuals about benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Energy-efficient homes cost less to heat and cool, and in 2006 Entergy employees helped weatherize 2,761 homes in four states.

Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac is recognized for its support of the Freddie Mac Foundation’s work finding adoptive homes for children in foster care across the United States and improving the lives of foster children and their foster families. The program’s goal is to find loving adoptive homes for children in foster care, especially those who are deemed difficult to place due to their special needs or because they are in sibling groups.

Freddie Mac’s support includes the signature program, the Freddie Mac Foundation’s Wednesday’s Child, a successful televised adoption program on the local news in five U.S. cities that finds loving adoptive homes for children in foster care. In addition, Freddie Mac is the founding sponsor of National Adoption Day, which has resulted in more than 17,000 foster care adoptions finalized since it began in 2001.

Safeway Inc.

Safeway is recognized for The Safeway Prostate Cancer Awareness Program, which has grown into a major community outreach initiative for the company’s employees and foundation, raising nearly $28 million for prostate cancer programs and making Safeway the single largest corporate donor for prostate cancer research and treatment.

In 2006, Safeway and the Prostate Cancer Foundation made grants to comprehensive cancer centers in several of Safeway’s major operating areas, including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the University of California at San Francisco, and the University of California at Los Angeles.     

Victoria Chamber of Commerce (TX)

The Victoria Chamber of Commerce is being recognized for its Sure B.E.T. (Business & Education Together) program, a collaborative effort of area schools, individuals, and businesses, which supports education initiatives in the Victoria, Texas, community including mentoring and tutoring, occupation investigations, and job shadowing.

Sure B.E.T. developed the “Business Cents” course—which includes Resume Writing, Professional Etiquette, Dressing for Success, Interviewing Skills, and Money Management—and recruited area professionals to teach it to approximately 450 students at Memorial High School in the spring of 2007. In addition, Sure B.E.T. has recruited 135 mentors for students allowing businesses and individuals to directly impact students by mentoring 30 minutes a week.

Time Warner’s Cartoon Network

Time Warner’s Cartoon Network is recognized for helping kids fight obesity by creating Rescuing Recess, a three-phase on-air, online, and in-school national program to save traditional daily recess, which is eliminated or endangered in nearly 40% of elementary schools.

The overall objective of the Rescuing Recess campaign is to recognize unstructured break time as an essential element of the school day and to help save or keep recess in schools. The Rescuing Recess program has secured more than 100,000 handwritten letters from kids to state legislatures, awarded more than $300,000 in grants to schools in every state, and initiated National Recess Week, inspiring volunteers to host recess rallies in 4,600 cities across the country. The Rescuing Recess program also enlisted parents, community members, and teachers to volunteer as recess monitors on the playground.

Corporate Stewardship Award for Large Business

Best Buy Co., Inc.

Best Buy Co., Inc., a Minnesota corporation that sells consumer electronics, home office products, entertainment software, appliances, and related services through more than 1,150 retail stores, attributes its profits and growth to its customer-centric strategy. Best Buy’s “customer-centricity” includes a vision of the entire scope of its business that is responsible, sustainable, and centered around evolving customer lifestyle preferences and needs. 

For Best Buy, corporate responsibility is not a function unto itself; rather, it’s the responsibility of every function, every operation, and every employee around the world. Its philanthropy combines the resources of Best Buy and store donations with the time and talent of its employee volunteers. In fiscal year 2007, Best Buy will donate more than $25 million to its communities.

The Dow Chemical Company

Founded in 1897, The Dow Chemical Company, headquartered in Midland, Mich., has more than 43,000 employees and provides products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, with consistent revenue growth over the past five years.

Dow’s corporate social responsibility program is committed to its employees, communities, philanthropy initiatives, products, and ethical behavior. The Dow Chemical Company and The Dow Chemical Company Foundation are focusing on issues related to affordable, energy-efficient housing and safe drinking water in the communities in which they operate by aligning with two organizations that have similar interests—Habitat for Humanity and the Blue Planet Run Foundation. Additionally, Dow and The Dow Chemical Company Foundation helped to advance human progress in more than 170 nations around the world and contributed $125 million to Dow’s philanthropic arms to support its long-term global efforts.

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Johnson Controls, founded in 1885 and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., is a global leader in interior automotive experience, building efficiency and power solutions. With 136,000 employees, Johnson Controls operates in 125 countries worldwide and in 2006 achieved its 60th consecutive year of record sales and its 16th consecutive year of record earnings, with sales reaching $32 billion and earnings reaching the $1 billion mark for the first time.

Johnson Controls measures its performance against three indicators: economic, social, and environmental. Johnson Controls manages and operates thousands of facilities for Fortune 500 companies around the world and over the past 15 years has helped customers save more than $32 billion in energy costs. In 2006, Johnson Controls granted approximately $9.3 million to charitable organizations worldwide through its Johnson Controls Foundation, Blue Sky Inc., and local operational support. The Johnson Controls Foundation is U.S.-based and focuses its philanthropy on arts, education, and social services. Globally, Blue Sky supports organizations and programs that focus more broadly on the environment and leadership development.

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft employs more than 71,000 people and has offices in more than 100 countries. Microsoft’s revenues have grown steadily in the past five years, reaching $44.28 billion for the fiscal year ending June 2006, an 11% increase over the previous year.

Microsoft provides a wide range of philanthropic activities. Microsoft’s Community Technology Skills program provides underserved populations around the world with information technology (IT) education and skills training through community-based technology learning centers. Microsoft is also helping to fuel the development of strong, self-sustaining local software industries worldwide through a network of Microsoft Innovation Centers that serve 110 communities in 60 nations. Microsoft focuses on the diversity of its workforce, is engaged in activities to decrease its environmental impact, develops minority-owned suppliers, and supports the philanthropic activities of its employees.

Verizon Communications

Verizon Communications Inc., provides communications innovations to millions of people in communities across the United States and throughout the world. Every day more than 100 million people connect using a Verizon communications network.

The Verizon Foundation is committed to improving literacy education in America and preparing students for success in the 21st century workplace. Verizon puts its technologies to work by helping victims of domestic violence, improving the quality of health care in the United States, and educating children and parents about online safety. In addition, Verizon employees make a positive impact through volunteerism and charitable contributions in their communities.  

Corporate Stewardship Award for Small/Midsize Business

Banco Popular North America

Banco Popular North America (BPNA) serves a diverse group of more than 500,000 business and individual customers through more than 140 branches in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. BPNA surpassed the $100 million net income mark in 2006, culminating in a five-year compounded annual growth rate of 51.9%.

BPNA has grown steadily for more than 45 years while continuing its mission to help the underserved in its communities around four focus areas—education, especially financial education; affordable housing; small business initiatives; and community development. In addition to cash, in-kind donations, and volunteerism programs, in 2005 Banco Popular launched a corporate foundation funded by employees and a matching gift from Banco Popular North America to make donations to grassroots organizations in Banco Popular communities.

ChoicePoint Inc.

ChoicePoint provides decision-making technology and information that helps reduce fraud and mitigate risk. Through the identification, retrieval, storage, analysis, and delivery of data, ChoicePoint serves the informational needs of businesses of all sizes, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies. Since 1997, ChoicePoint has grown revenues from $417 million[?] to more than $1.1 billion and has increased operating income 5.6 times—from $46 million to $256 million.

The ChoicePoint corporate giving program goes beyond financial contributions to its core competency. ChoicePoint supplies tools and resources that ensure a safer, more secure society. Each year, the company donates millions of dollars in free and deeply discounted background screening services for volunteers working with children to nonprofit partners including Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Camp Fire USA. It supported fact identity verification for Katrina victims to enable quick payouts for financial help. ChoicePoint also uses its expertise working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to find missing children and support the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Greyston Bakery

Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., started as a neighborhood bakery in 1982 and has grown to a business with annual revenues of more than $6 million. The bakery is the sole supplier of the brownies for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. In 2004, Greyston moved into a new state-of-the-art facility that enabled the bakery to more than triple production, secure additional contracts, and grow annual revenues significantly.

Greyston operates with a dual bottom line of running a profitable business and providing employment and job training to Yonkers residents labeled as “hard to employ” due to histories of incarceration, drug use, or lack of experience. Greyston Bakery profits are donated to Greyston Foundation and other nonprofit affiliates that provide varying supportive services to the community, including child care, HIV/AIDS day programs, workforce development programs, and community gardens, reaching more than 2,100 individuals and families annually.


PAETEC was founded in 1998 as “the most customer- and employee-oriented communications provider.” PAETEC has approximately 47,000 core business customers across the United States, with a presence in 23 states plus the District of Columbia, and is headquartered in Fairport, N.Y.

PAETEC shows its commitment to its communities through both corporate philanthropy and employee volunteerism. PAETEC’s corporate philanthropy is allotted into a local budget and contribution requests are decided at the local level. In 2006, PAETEC donated more than $500,000 to local charities across the country through this localized distribution strategy; employees have a voice in how PAETEC’s philanthropic activities are fulfilled.

Symetra Financial

Symetra Financial provides retirement plans, employee benefits, annuities, and life insurance through approximately 20,000 financial advisers, banks, and independent agents nationwide.

Symetra’s community relations are based on leadership and participation. Before Symetra will donate to a nonprofit entity, there must be company employee leadership in the entity. For the nonprofit, this ensures a complete commitment by the company. For Symetra, the leadership involvement protects the investment in the nonprofit as well as Symetra’s shareholders’ investment. Symetra helps the nonprofits be more accountable to their sponsors—which makes them more valuable to all sponsors. This measurable goal concept is a for-profit mind-set, but it serves the nonprofit sector well to help it understand how to be a better partner with donors. As a result, Symetra has learned to how to help nonprofit partners better, too.