Nonprofit Excellence Awards

BizTimes Media presents the sixth annual awards program to salute southeastern Wisconsin’s best corporate citizens and most effective nonprofit organizations. The awards will shine a light on excellence in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. The recipients of the awards will be saluted at a breakfast program on on November 1st, 2019.

From Homelessness to Housing

Chronic and family homelessness are growing concerns and challenging issues in the Milwaukee area that impact the entire community. Our panel discussion will address the realities of the growing tent city in downtown Milwaukee, hidden homelessness and other housing-related challenges in the region and possible solutions and paths to stable housing, along with ways you can help. Learn more about this important issue and see how you can guide our community toward solutions.

Following the panel discussion, we will recognize BizTimes Media’s 2019 Nonprofit awards finalists and honorees. The for-profit categories include: corporate citizen of the year, corporate volunteer of the year, in-kind supporter, next generation leadership and lifetime achievement. The nonprofit categories include: executive of the year, nonprofit organization of the year (large & small) and social enterprise.


  • Eric Collins-Dyke, MSW, APSW, Homeless Outreach Services Manager, Milwaukee County Housing Division (1)
  • Michael Gosman, Executive Director, ACTS Housing (2)
  • Beth Wierick, CEO, Milwaukee Downtown – BID #21 (3)Moderator: Lauren Anderson, Associate Editor, BizTimes Milwaukee

2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Panelists

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted a nomination.

Finalists will be announced shortly.

Corporate Citizenship Awards

Corporate Citizen of the Year: This award is given to a for-profit organization in recognition of its impact to a single or multiple nonprofit organizations through financial contributions collective efforts to promote, encourage and organize fundraising efforts and company-sponsored programs and/or events engaging employees to participate in volunteerism.

Corporate Volunteer of the Year: This award is given to a for-profit non-executive volunteer who demonstrates outstanding dedication to a nonprofit or multiple nonprofit organizations. Active volunteerism can be ongoing or linked to a specific single project or cause.

In-Kind Supporter: This award is given to a professional or company that provides in-kind support to single or multiple nonprofit organizations through any type of non-financial contributions.

Next Generation Leadership: This award is given to a for-profit (under 40 year-old) executive who demonstrates leadership and significant contributions to single or multiple nonprofit organizations through active leadership on a board and/or strategic management/guidance.

Nonprofit Awards

Nonprofit Collaboration of the Year: This award recognizes a collaborative project that encompasses developed collaborative relationships with other nonprofit organizations engagement of multiple stakeholders within the community being served and innovation in approaching a community problem or issue and have leveraged these relationships to make and even more meaningful impact in the community. Note: since this award recognizes a project that may involve multiple organizations or individuals, it may be “awarded” to more than one part of the project in recognition of their contributions.

Nonprofit Executive of the Year: This award is given to a nonprofit leader who demonstrates vision and innovation in advancing the mission of the nonprofit extensive involvement in a nonprofit and/or creativity in bringing new resources and opportunities to the nonprofit.

Nonprofit (Organization) of the Year: This award is given to a nonprofit organization (not an individual) in recognition for creativity and innovation in building a sustainable organization, excellence in teamwork, an outstanding dedication to the organization’s mission in the community, and organizational excellence in management and operations – Large (operating budget $3M and above) – Small (operating budget under $3M)

Social Enterprise: This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that demonstrates creative application of the principles of social enterprise in the operation and funding of the organization.


Nov 01 2019


7:00 am - 9:30 pm


Italian Community Center
631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202