May 22, 2019 The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire

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Contest for Best Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership Attracts 17,000 Votes in First Two Weeks

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 02 /CSRwire/ - The Best Partnership Award has attracted 17,000 members of the voting public in the first two weeks the contest has been running. This level of voting has already surpassed overall participation in last year’s partnership contest. As a category in the U.S. Chamber BCLC’s prestigious annual Corporate Citizenship Awards (the Citizens), the Best Partnership is unique for its focus on business-nonprofit collaboration and its inclusive method of selecting the winner – by online public vote.

“The Best Partnership Award exists because the Chamber BCLC wants to raise awareness in the public about business-nonprofit partnerships that work – thus, the ‘people’s choice’ model,” said Catherine “Kitty” Keller, director of communications for the Chamber BCLC. “Societal challenges are complex, and corporate citizenship professionals know that realistic solutions aren’t found by working in silos. Effective social partnerships deserve applause – and votes.”

This year’s Best Partnership Award finalists are:

  • Allstate Insurance/The Allstate Foundation & National Network to End Domestic Violence – This partnership, dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists, has trained 2,963 advocates across 33 states to provide financial empowerment services to domestic violence survivors, so far totaling 25,324 people reached.
  • The Dow Chemical Company & Habitat for Humanity International – For 28 years, Dow has supported the construction of more than 25,000 homes – helping families live in decent, affordable housing in more than 20 countries worldwide.
  • Grainger & American Red Cross In 2005, Grainger became the National Founding Sponsor of the American Red Cross’s Ready When the Time Comes initiative and committed to partnering with businesses across the country to build a corporate army of trained, disaster-ready volunteers, now 13,000 volunteers stronger.
  • Intel Corporation & Society for Science & the Public – Since 1997, Intel and the Intel Foundation have partnered with Society for Science & the Public (SSP) to encourage students to solve real-world problems and challenging scientific questions through original research. Every year the partners reach millions of students and educators.
  • Target & The Mission Continues Target and The Mission Continues connect military veterans with meaningful service opportunities upon returning home. On Veterans Day 2010, across the nation 1,013 veteran and active-duty military volunteers, Target team members, and 22 Project Leaders volunteered their time in the name of 10 fallen soldiers to impact 5,740 students. 

More details about these inspirational stories are available online at Last year, voters selected Deloitte and College Summit as the Best Partnership Award winners. Together, Deloitte and College Summit work to increase college enrollment rates in low-income communities and have achieved a 20% increase in enrollment at participating partner schools.

Voters are eligible this year to enter drawings for six giveaways: a Southwest Airlines travel voucher (2 drawings), a Best Buy $100 gift card (2 drawings), and an Ann Taylor $250 gift card (2 drawings). The dates of the drawings and full information are available online (

BCLC is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the Chamber's voice and resource for the social and philanthropic interests of the business community.

For more information, please contact:

Brooks Nelson Corporate Citizenship Awards Manager
Phone: 202-463-3133
Twitter: brooksdnelson
Catherine "Kitty" Keller Director of Communications
Phone: 202-463-3133
Twitter: chamberbclc


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