Awards commend honorees’ support of United Way of Central Carolinas work
BASF Corporation, Childress Klein, Duke Energy, Grant Thornton, National Gypsum, Truist, City of Monroe and Union County Government have been named Spirit of North Carolina Award winners for consistently supporting the work of United Way of Central Carolinas across the Charlotte region. In a year full of challenges, these companies stepped up to serve the community in an extraordinary way.
“The Spirit of North Carolina Awards recognize the exemplary collaborative partnerships that United Way of Central Carolinas builds with its supporters,” said Clint Hill, chief development officer at United Way of Central Carolinas. “These organizations have gone above and beyond to help us to continue our work to address economic mobility in our community, including the growing challenges as a result of the public health and economic crises brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.”
Local Spirit of North Carolina Award Winners by Industry & Category
- BASF Corporation – Manufacturing – Campaign/Engagement Growth award
- Childress Klein – Business Campaign – Creative Kickoff/Volunteer Event award
- Duke Energy – Business Campaign – Creative Kickoff/Volunteer Event award
- Grant Thornton – Financial Banking Institution – Engaged Leadership & Employees award
- National Gypsum – Manufacturing – Creative Kickoff/Volunteer Event award
- Truist – Business Campaign – Investment in Long-Term Impact award
- City of Monroe – City/County Municipality – Campaign/Engagement Growth award
- Union County Government – City/County Municipality – Campaign/Engagement Growth award
Duke Energy also received the Excellence in Community Spirit award, a special recognition for setting high standards for community engagement and change. Duke Energy was presented with the award for its support of NC 211. Due to the physical, economic and emotional challenges brought on by COVID-19, many families have found themselves dialing 2-1-1 to connect with health and human services programs.
Leading beyond the traditional fundraising campaign, these eight winning organizations create opportunities to educate employees on community needs; lead by those at the top of the organizational chart; motivate campaign participants to give by introducing them to real stories of need; and provide volunteer opportunities so donors can offer their skills and their hands to serve their community.
“We are grateful to have these organizations as key stakeholders for a shared future where everyone in our community can thrive and reach their full potential,” Hill said.
For more than 24 years, United Way of North Carolina has recognized organizations through the Spirit of North Carolina Awards. This year, 78 organizations representing 19 local United Ways were recongnized during the virtual Spirit of North Carolina Awards event on March 3, 2021.
Organizations are chosen as winners based on criteria that examines their fundraising efforts, volunteer engagement, educational opportunities and dedication to finding solutions for the social and economic hurdles that United Way confronts head-on.
For more information about the Spirit of North Carolina Awards and a complete list of winners, visit unitedwaync.org/spirit-north-carolina-award-winners.