Colorado Award Guide
Access the Recognition you Deserve: Your 2020 Socially Responsible Colorado Award Guide
Your go-to resource for socially responsible Colorado award listings for 2020 is here! Find business awards around the state that your organization can apply to and gain the recognition you deserve for your CSR efforts.
If you’re a member of B:CIVIC and win an award, let us know and we will be sure to feature you in an upcoming newsletter.
This list is growing, be sure to check back. And keep an eye out for our national CSR award list, coming soon.
Business Awards | Deadline: January 13
The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce hosts its Business Awards annually to recognize local organizations in six categories: disruptor, large nonprofit, minority or woman-owned, small business, small nonprofit and start-up. These awards recognize the organizations that are writing Denver’s next chapter in business. Award applicants are narrowed down to three finalists in each category. The 18 finalists are honored at our luncheon on Friday, April 24, 2020 and winners will be announced live!
Colorado Companies to Watch | Deadline: January 31
These companies have real stories to tell. We want to hear them. 2nd Stage companies hold a unique place in our economy. Through their leadership, innovation, and growth, they ignite our communities with potential beyond measure. They are fueling the economic fire. Support Colorado’s 2nd Stage companies by nominating or applying today and shining the spotlight on those that truly deserve it. The Colorado Companies to Watch nomination process is quick and easy, and takes just a few minutes.
Prism Social Impact Awards | Deadline: February 7
The Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is proud to host the PRISM Awards. Celebrating businesses and entrepreneurs in Colorado that use the powerful economic engine of capitalism for good, not merely for gain. Referred to as the Fourth Sector, these Social Impact Businesses and Social Entrepreneurs are changing the way business is done. This new sector of the economy is embracing businesses that merge mission and margin, purpose and profit; it is reshaping the economy, capitalism, businesses and nonprofits. This event celebrates a business, either for profit or nonprofit, that pursues purpose in addition to profit. This higher purpose can be social and/or environmental and provides impact that can be measured.
Best Places to Work | Deadline: February 28
What makes a great workplace? Is it a kitchen stocked with beer and snacks? A paid day off for volunteering? Foosball tables? Denver Business Journal is accepting nominations for the 2020 Best Places to Work.
Small Business Awards | Deadline: March 2
Small businesses are the foundation of our economy. Denver Business Journal’s Small Business Awards honors excellence among small businesses and highlights their contributions to metro Denver’s strength as a region.
Healthiest Employers Awards Program | Deadline: March 16
Denver Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers program recognizes the top health and wellness programs in our region. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your company’s innovative strategies for keeping your workforce healthy & engaged.
Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies 2020 | Deadline: April 1
Calling all female business leaders! Nominate your company for the ColoradoBiz Annual Ranking of the Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in Colorado.
Top Company Awards 2020 | Deadline: April 30
We invite you to enter the 2020 competition for the 33rd annual Top Company of the Year Awards. We’re looking for Colorado’s most outstanding businesses who are paving the way for Colorado business! The finalists will be honored at the event in August 2020 and the winners will be announced live.
Best for Colorado Awards | Deadline: April 30
To become a Best for Colorado business, companies must join the Best for Colorado Commit to Action Campaign. The participants have to highlight an initiative or a project that the company had run in 2019 or is currently implementing in 2020. The initiative or concept need to be related to one of the themes of the Best for Colorado campaign: Civic engagement, Environmental Stewardship, Equity.
National Philanthropy Day | Deadline: July
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter defines diversity as the seeking and achievement of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions, and cultures within philanthropy. The National Philanthropy Day Steering Committee encourages nominations from all individuals, groups, and organizations representing all regions of Colorado. We believe that inclusiveness is an essential source of strength and vitality. Awards include: Outstanding Large Business, Outstanding Small Business, and Outstanding Foundation.
The Civic 50 Colorado | Deadline: July
The Civic 50 Colorado recognizes the 50 most community-minded small, medium and large companies in Colorado as determined by True Impact’s adapted national Civic 50 survey that is independently administered and scored. By bench-marking and celebrating best practices, it provides visibility and a framework for how local companies can use their employees’ time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in our community.
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Champions of Change | Deadline: Fall
Champions of Change awards are presented to companies and organizations of various sizes that are actively and strategically advancing women in business through their commitment to creating inclusive, supportive, and empowering cultures. Award categories include: Social Impact, Mission Minded, Small but Mighty, Corporate Change Makers, Innovation, and Industry Trailblazers.
Business for the Arts Awards | Deadline: Internal
Business for the Arts Awards celebrate innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses and stellar leadership across the state. The annual awards luncheon is the the only statewide event honoring companies and individuals for their outstanding partnerships and engagement with the arts. Over 700 corporate, cultural and civic leaders will attend this inspiring, arts-infused event.
Mile High United Way Business Awards| Deadline: Internal
Mile High United Way partners with hundreds of local companies on their corporate social responsibility goals, and we are pleased to recognize outstanding corporate partners annually at our Community Champions Celebration. Awards are given to companies that have achieved excellence in specific categories to help improve employee and community needs.
MLK Business Awrds | Deadline: Internal
On January 17, 1986, the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Awards luncheon was held. For the 30th annual presentation of the awards on January 16, 2015, the name was changed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Awards. The awards luncheon is now sponsored by 14 civic organizations and chambers of commerce.
Each year, awards are presented to individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations for their exceptional community service endeavors in honor and memory of Dr. King. In 2007, the Trailblazer Award was added to recognize pioneers in the civil rights movement in Colorado.