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Winners Revealed: D CEO’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards

D CEO and Communities Foundation of Texas honored DFW nonprofits and the companies that support them at The Factory in Deep Ellum.

Bolstered by deep corporate support, Dallas-Fort Worth has one of the most powerful and active nonprofit communities in the country. Its strength was on full display and celebrated at The Factory in Deep Ellum as winners were revealed at D CEO’s fifth annual Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards, presented in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas.

Celebrating the efforts of local nonprofit organizations and professionals, and the companies and business leaders who support them, the program added categories recognizing Sustainability Leadership and Innovation in Education this year. Winners Aligned Data Centers and The Educator Collective. Other winners include Rogers Healy (Corporate Leadership Excellence), Dallas Stars Hockey Club (Equity Leadership), Klyde Warren Park’s Kit Sawers (Nonprofit Leadership Excellence), and Dallas Symphony Association (Organization of the. Year-Mega)..

The competition was particularly tough as D CEO received more than 500 nominations this year. Below is a list of winners and finalists in each category.

Corporate Citizenship

In-Kind Services Supporter

Johnson & Sekin

Finalists: RegitzMauck, Republic Services, Sendero

Sustainability Leadership

Aligned Data Centers

Finalists: Accelerate, American Airlines, City of Farmers Branch, Dallas College, Neiman Marcus Group

Corporate Partner of the Year

M2G Ventures and UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care

Finalists: AT&T and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Caliber Home Loans and Patriot Paws Service Dogs; Fidelity Investments and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County; Matthews Southwest and TREC

Corporate Social Responsibility

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Finalists: Credit Union of Texas, Dallas Mavericks, Frito-Lay North America, Galderma, Park Place Dealerships

Collaboration of the Year

Texas Capital Bank, Texas Heavenly Homes, and The City of Dallas

Finalists: Dallas Mavericks and Adelle Turner Elementary School; Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Advancing Digital Inclusion Initiative; Santander Consumer USA and Comp-U-Dopt; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Austin Street Center, and CitySquare

Equity Leadership

Dallas Stars Hockey Club

Finalists: American Airlines, Cannenta Center of Healing and Empowerment, Neiman Marcus Group

Corporate Leadership Excellence

Rogers Healy, Rogers Healy & Associates

Finalists: Susan Salka, AMN Healthcare, Chris Bright, Bright Industries, Tracey Doi, Toyota Motor North America, Mark Gehlbach, True North Advisors

Nonprofit Organizations

Most Successful Fundraising or Awareness Campaign

American Heart Association

Finalists: American Cancer Society, Hey Chica!, Orchid Giving Circle of Texas Women’s Foundation, Refugee Services of Texas

Outstanding Innovation

The Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Finalists: Bonton Farms, McKinney Economic Development Corp.

Social Enterprise

Ranch Hands Rescue

Finalists: Blacks United in Leading Technology International, On the Road Lending, Operation Tiny House, Youth With Faces

Volunteer of the Year

Caleb Wood, Trusted World

Finalists: Clemente Jaquez, Architecture and Design Foundation; Jenay Bennett, Dallas Pets Alive; Leonid Regheta, Hope International Ministries; Dave Corley, The Storehouse of Collin County

Innovation in Education

The Educator Collective

Finalists: Access Unlimited, Broadway Dallas, Kids-U, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Shoulders of Giants

Innovation in Healthcare

Mary Crowley Cancer Research

Finalists: Children’s Health, LBU Community Clinic, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Texas Health Resources

Nonprofit Team of the Year (Micro/Small)

March to the Polls

Finalists: Inspire School Programs, Rescue Party Give

Nonprofit Team of the Year (Midsize/Large)

Mosaic Family Services

Finalists: Education Opens Doors, The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology, The Storehouse of Collin County

Nonprofit Team of the Year (Mega)

Prism Health North Texas

Finalists: CitySquare, North Texas Food Bank, The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas

Leadership Excellence (Micro)

Tiara M. Tucker, Speak That! Movement

Finalists: Monique J. Muhammad, Code Pink Productions; Ralph Ujano Jr., Helping Hands for Single Moms Dallas; VR Small, Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center

Leadership Excellence (Small)

April Allen, Southern Gateway Public Green Foundation

Finalists: Harrison Blair, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce; Ashley Sharp, Dwell with Dignity; Christa Brown-Sanford, The Junior League of Dallas; Kendall Hill, This Is Project Texas

Leadership Excellence (Midsize)

Lisa Kroencke, The Magdalen House

Finalists: Michael Horne, Parkland Foundation; Tony J. Fundaro, Philanthropy Southwest; Cooper Koch, The Kessler School; Dan Bailey, Youth Equipped to Succeed

Leadership Excellence (Large)

Kit Sawers, Klyde Warren Park

Finalists: Daron Babcock, Bonton Farms; Kathleen LaValle, Dallas CASA

Leadership Excellence (Mega)

Albert Reyes, Buckner International

Finalists: Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Association; Jan Langbein, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support; Jennifer Bartkowski, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Eric Niedermayer, Recovery Resource Council

Organization of the Year (Micro)

Pasos for Oak Cliff

Finalists: The Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Miles of Hope, Refresh Frisco, STREAM Foundation, Texas Tenants Union, Ukrainian American Society of Texas

Organization of the Year (Small)

Ally’s Wish

Finalists: Architecture and Design Foundation, Forest Forward, T.R. Hoover Community Development Corp., Union

Organization of the Year (Mid)


Finalists: 29 Acres, Interfaith Family Services, Patriot Paws Service Dogs

Organization of the Year (Large)

My Possibilities

Finalists: Big Thought, Fair Park First, Family Gateway, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, Texas Trees Foundation

Organization of the Year (Mega)

Dallas Symphony Association

Finalists: ChildCareGroup, Head Start of Greater Dallas, Prism Health North Texas

Capital One Impact Initiative Award

Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Finalists: Paul Quinn College, WiNGS


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