2009 Winners

Meet the 2009 finalists and winners of the Citizens 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 publiv voting process determines the winning partnership.

Chevron Corporation and the Discovery Global Education Partnership

Chevron and the nonprofit Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership are recognized for their “Learning Center initiative” -- which has established 65 Learning Centers in underserved schools in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Venezuela, and Brazil. The project equips schools with a television and DVD player and a library of high-quality, locally relevant educational videos. The partnership also includes three years of in-depth teacher training and mentoring. Participating schools report an increase in student enrollment, a decrease in absenteeism, and improved student motivation and academic performance.

CVS Caremark Corporation and Boundless Playgrounds, Inc.

CVS Caremark and Boundless Playgroundsare recognized for their work to bring more inclusive playgrounds to communities across the country. The projects are made possible through CVS Caremark’s signature giving program “All Kids Can” -- a five-year, $25 million commitment to make life easier for children with disabilities and to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion. CVS Caremark’s employees have also contributed to the planning  and construction of more than 50 “Boundless” playgrounds across the country.

The Estée Lauder Companies and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Estée Lauder Companies and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation are recognized for their efforts in support of innovative -- clinical and translational -- breast cancer research.The Estée Lauder Companies, together with its retail partners, have raised $40 million for the foundation which supports scientists at top universities and academic medical centers worldwide. These scientists conduct the most advanced and promising breast cancer research, with the goal of achieving prevention and a cure in our lifetime.

Ford Motor Company and National Latino Children Institute

Ford Motor Company Fund and the National Latino Children Institute are finalists for their work to raise awareness among Latinos about the important role safety seats and seat belts play in saving children’s lives.  Through this initiative, Ford and the National Latino Children Institute have joined forces with a nationwide network of safety advocates and community groups. Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for Latino children, and this program is addressing the economic, cultural, and language barriers to help solve the problem.

Nationwide Insurance and the American Red Cross

Nationwide Insurance and the American Red Cross are finalists for their work in support of disaster services and biomedical services. With a history of partnership for more than 25 years, last year, the Nationwide Foundation enabled the Red Cross to respond to more than 1,500 local community disasters and assist more than 1,800 families who were affected by them. The Foundation’s support of 15 chapters across the United States bolsters Red Cross’s disaster services at the local level.

Best Business Neighbor Award


ARAMARK is recognized for its “ARAMARK Building Community” initiative -- which is strengthening the capacity of locally-based, independent community centers, that are on the front lines of helping people in need. By linking ARAMARK’s core competencies in nutrition, facilities management, and workforce development, to access to food, clothing, and other essential needs, ARAMARK is helping people of all generations to learn, earn, and thrive.

Health Care Services Corporation

Health Care Services Corporation is a finalist for its “Organ Wise Guys Community Outreach program,” an innovative, school-based program that teaches children to make positive choices that help them take care of their bodies. The true power of the “Organ Wise Guys” lies in community collaborations.  The goal, in every case, is to work creatively with other organizations to reduce the rate of childhood obesity -- and instill good habits that will last a lifetime. 

Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation is recognized for its “National Backpack Program.” The program helps  students by providing backpacks filled with school supplies, which are distributed through special back-to-school events in hundreds of local communities, through Office Depot stores, and through partnerships with national nonprofit organizations. In 2009, the Office Depot Foundation reached a milestone … Two million backpacks have been distributed since 2001!

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are finalists for their “Team HEAT” program -- which is helping customers reduce their energy usage and lower their energy spending. “Team HEAT” volunteers help weatherize the homes of low-income and fixed-income customers, also providing energy-saving resources and tips that helped customers reduce and better manage their bills.


UPS is a finalist for “Road Code” -- a national program designed to teach safe driving techniques. “Road Code” is adapted from UPS's world-class defensive driving methods, and is taught to young people ages 13–18 at their local Boys & Girls Club. UPS also uses the “Road Code” program to raise awareness about the importance of safe teen driving. The multimedia awareness campaign involves incorporates events, press coverage, online and social media tools, and the company’s NASCAR sponsorship.

Best International Ambassador Award

Abbott and Abbott Fund

Abbott is recognized for its “Tanzania program” -- which helps to modernize the country’s health system and expand access to HIV testing and treatment services. To date, the Abbott Fund has invested more than $60 million in the “Tanzania program” – and has provided the time and expertise of many employee volunteers. The program has extended to more than 90 hospitals, clinics, and rural health facilities across Tanzania.  Today, nearly one in three people on HIV treatment in Tanzania receive care at facilities that have benefited from Abbott Fund support.

General Electric

General Electric is a finalist for its “Developing Health Globally” program -- which directly impacts 4.8 million lives around the world. Using GE core competencies – such as products, expertise, and employee engagement – the company offers  enterprise solutions that address critical gaps in developing-world healthcare facilities. GE has donated more than 3,000 products in 100 sites in 13 countries -- including X-ray and ultrasound machines, anesthesia, patient monitors, infant warmers, water filters, and backup power.

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs is a finalist for its “10,000 Women”program,a five-year, $100 million initiative to provide 10,000 underserved women with a business and management education.  To date, “10,000 Women”has helped fund education certificates in more than 15 countries. The program supports robust educational capacity-building in developing-countries, thereby improving the quality of education for generations to come.


Intel is recognized for its “iWorld project” in Sichuan, China (sich-wan, China), which launched just ten days after the devastating 2008 earthquake. This $5 million financial grant established 200 state-of-the-art “e-classrooms” -- and extended Intel education programs to teachers and students across the eight severely-affected counties in the province.

Proctor & Gamble Pakistan

Procter & Gamble Pakistan is recognized for supporting schools is Pakistan.  P&G’s investment includes the creation of 60 informal schools in the homes of local, trained teachers, as well as three newly-built --fully seismic-compliant -- schools in the earthquake-prone areas in Pakistan. Over 4,000 students are served by the P&G schools, and the student drop-out rate is below 5%.  To date, 325 students have graduated and are now pursuing their undergraduate studies.

Best Corporate Steward Award

Best Buy

Best Buy is the world's largest consumer electronics retailer, as well as a private label manufacturer, with a family of brands and partnerships that collectively generates more than $45 billion in annual revenue. With approximately 160,000 employees, Best Buy operates in the United States, Canada, China, Europe, and Mexico. Realizing its multinational operations have social and environmental impacts, Best Buy’s corporate responsibility program seeks to maximize positive benefits and the minimize negative. The company’s corporate responsibility is structured around the following key themes: Consumer Advocacy, Employee Engagement, Community Relations, Environmental Sustainability, and Ethical Supply Chain. Two of the most significant citizenship programs at Best Buy are “Greener Together Recycling” and “@15.” Greener Together focuses on how employees in Best Buy’s 1,000-plus U.S. stores can help customers make smart decisions about technology and energy use. The program engages different groups representing consumers, manufacturers, business, and government to work together and drive innovation that meets green business objectives. The “@15” program is a social change platform that creates personal growth opportunities for teens, who are influential consumers of technology, we well as Best Buy employees. “@15” includes a place online where teens can develop and share their point of view on the world and how to change it; a fund that gives teens a means to make change; and a scholarship program for higher-education assistance.

ITT Corporation

ITT is a high-tech engineering and manufacturing company that specializes in water and fluids management; global defense and security; and motion and flow control.  ITT “does good” not only through its philanthropy and operations, but also by providing mission-critical products and technology that have a lasting and positive impact on the world. For example: When ITT helps bring safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education to more than 300 schools in Asia and Latin America, the company not only improves the lives of more than 100,000 children and their families, it also creates a presence in markets that promise to be priorities for years to come.  And, when ITT helps the Federal Aviation Administration to move air traffic control from radar to GPS, it makes air travel both safer and greener.

Oracle Corporation

Oracle Corporation, the world's largest business software company, helps governments and businesses of all sizes by providing reliable, secure, and integrated technologies. Oracle leverages its core competencies to make a positive impact on society in four core area: Education; Giving & volunteerism; the Environment; and Diversity. Oracle’s education program helps teach the skills for 21st century careers -- from primary school education right into adulthood and all phases of the career force. Oracle’s education programs support 1.2 million students in 94 countries each year -- at an annual in-kind value of $2 billion. This past year, more than 8,000 Oracle employees from 52 countries volunteered 40,000 hours to benefit organizations in their local communities. To help protect our environment, Oracle has several programs to reduce energy consumption; reuse & recycle resources; promote green business practices; and help minimize its customer’s environmental impact. And finally, Oracle seeks to build an inclusive workforce – through its efforts to attract a diverse group of people who reflect the broader society, and by partnering with community organizations to train populations that are underrepresented in the high-tech industry.

The PNC Financial Services Group

PNC is one of the largest financial services companies in the country, with more than $290 billion in assets. PNC and the PNC Foundation have long histories of strengthening and enriching the neighborhoods in which its employees live and work. For decades, PNC has provided resources to seed ideas, foster development initiatives, and encourage leadership in nonprofit organizations. PNC’s philanthropic priorities include:

  • Educational and developmental opportunities that improve the school readiness of underserved children
  • Economic and community development
  • The environment, and
  • “PNC Grow Up Great” -- a 10-year, $100 million investment in school readiness to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life.

Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans is a family-owned retail supermarket chain headquartered in Rochester, N.Y. In 1915, it was founded as a small, mom-and-pop grocery store. Over several decades, Wegmans has transformed into a popular and successful supermarket chain -- and “giving back” is a core part of the company's heritage and values. As part of its corporate culture, Wegmans has been “giving back” since 1916, focusing on areas where it can make the most difference:  Food for the Hungry; Healthy Eating and Activity; Neighborhoods; Young People; and The United Way. An army of 37,000 people strong, the Wegmans team shares in the responsibility of caring for those who are less fortunate in  every community where its stores are located. With the incredible manpower of its employees and through the donation of food and funds, Wegmans creates positive social changes that leave measurable and lasting results.