Awards

United Way of the Midlands recognizes many outstanding individuals and organizations throughout the year for their contributions to our community.

Pacesetter and Advanced Campaigns

Pacesetters are a select group of companies and organizations that choose to complete United Way campaigns before the official launch of campaign season. They “set the pace” for the upcoming campaign, helping to ensure at least 40% of the campaign total is secured when the campaign kicks off. To qualify as a Pacesetter, a company must commit to at least a 10% increase in participation or employee giving, and at least one volunteer activity.

Pacesetter and Advanced Campaigns

Pacesetters

AgFirst Farm Credit 
Bank
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina 
Columbia Housing 
Elliott Davis, LLC 
Family Connection of South Carolina 
GrandSouth Bank 
Lexington/Richland Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council, Inc.
Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI)
Midlands Housing Alliance 
Miller-Valentine Group 
Publix #17 Kennerly Crossing
Publix #67 Rosewood Shopping Center 
Publix #512 Lexington Place
Publix #587 North Pointe Shopping Center
Publix #597 Trenholm Plaza
Publix #656 Columbiana Station
Publix #829 Rice Creek Village
Publix #883 Murray Landing
Publix #1095 Gervais Place
Publix #1383 Hendrix Crossing
Publix #1511 Chapin Crossing
Publix #1637 Lake Crossing
Savannah River Remediation
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Security Federal Bank 
Shaw Industries 
Sistercare, Inc. 
South Carolina Bankers Association
The Cooperative Ministry, Inc. 
The Risk Authority 
UCI Medical/Doctors Care Urgent Care 
United Community Bank 

Advanced Campaigns

Adams and Reese LLP 
BB&T
Central Electric Power Cooperative 
Dominion Energy 
Fact Forward
First Community Bank 
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Inc. 
Macy’s Corporation 
Palmetto Imaging Technology 
Salvation Army Columbia Corps 
SC Power Team 
Security Federal Bank 
Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc. 
Southern First Bank 
Target Stores #1199 
Target Stores #1319 
Target Stores #1923 
Target Stores #2277 
The COMET - Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority 
United Way of the Midlands
UPS
WellPartners
Wolfe & Taylor, Inc.

Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award

United Way of the Midlands is proud to honor Nancy Stoudenmire as this year’s Alyce Kemp DeWitt recipient. The Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award is United Way’s most prestigious award for long-term service to the organization and the community.

Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award Winner

About Nancy Stoudenmire

This year, Nancy Stoudenmire received the Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award, United Way’s highest recognition for volunteerism in the Midlands. Stoudenmire has been a tireless advocate for homeless and housing work through community service and as lead for homeless programs at the Columbia Housing Authority for over 40 years.

“Growing up as the oldest of seven children, I heard at a young age the famous Audrey Hepburn quote: ‘You were given two hands. One to help yourself and one to help others up,’” said Stoudenmire. “The thing I like the most about United Way of the Midlands is that it is the best way to find ways to help others and make positive changes. I was honored to meet Alyce Kemp DeWitt in the early ‘90s, and she epitomized what volunteering at United Way is all about. It's an honor to receive an award in her name because she was all about making a difference. I hope that's what I've done.”

In addition to her professional association with United Way, Stoudenmire has served United Way as a volunteer in multiple capacities. Stoudenmire has dedicated years to serving in leadership positions including six years on United Way’s Financial Stability Council where she served as chair, its local homeless coalition chapter for five years and the local Emergency Fund and Shelter board for four years. She has also served on the board of directors and community impact committee.

In addition to her leadership service, Stoudenmire is an active Midlands Reading Consortium volunteer tutor working with elementary students to improve literacy skills, promotes the organizations mission as a United Way Storyteller and is a member of Always United, United Way’s affinity group for retirees or those nearing retirement that wish to remain active supporters, as well as maintain the relationships created while participating in the employee giving campaigns at their former workplace.

View a list of past Alyce Kemp DeWitt Award Recipients

Campaign Awards

Every year, United Way of the Midlands celebrates the volunteers and workplace campaigns who work hard to raise money for our community at the Live United Awards. Close to $10 million was raised this campaign season. Awards are given to the organizations who exhibit outstanding achievements during the campaign. The awards for the 2018-2019 campaign season were given out on March 7, 2019.

Campaign Award Winners

Click here for a complete list of award winners + view photos from the award ceremony on Facebook.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Awards Group One

1. Employee Giving Awards: Presented to organizations based on employee per capita giving at three levels:

Bronze: $50-$99 per capita
Silver: $100-$149 per capita
Gold: $150 or more per capita

2. Premier Award: New campaigns over $1,000. 

3. Trailblazer Awards: Campaigns with a 10% (and at least $500) increase in giving. 

Awards Group Two

1. Best in Class: Award based on three criteria—percent participation, employee per capita gift and increase in total giving. This award will be given to one organization in each of the following categories:

Private Sector (100 or more employees)
Private Sector (less than 100 employees) 
Public Sector (100 or more employees)
Public Sector (less than 100 employees)

2. Division Chairman Awards: Selected by Division Chairs for having made the most impact on their division’s outcome.

Public Sector
Professionals
Industry
Business
Opportunity

3. Corporate Award: Awarded to organizations with the highest corporate per capita gift in three size categories:

500+ employees
100-499 employees
20-99 employees

4. Special Event: Awarded to the organization raising the most money in special events

5. Best New Campaign: Awarded to the company with a brand new campaign that raised the most money

Community Leaders Awards: 

Two awards limited to organizations and contributing over $100,000:

Most dollars raised
Best overall campaign 

Community Impact Awards

The United Way of the Midlands Community Impact Award recipients are people or groups that have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering and made an impact to causes, programs or projects that support human service needs in the Midlands. Award recipients are volunteers with United Way of the Midlands’ Certified Partner Agencies.

Community Impact Award Winners

The 2018 Community Impact Award recipients are:

Ruthie Saunders

Elbert Pearson

Linda Salane & Sharon Bramlett

Humanitarian of the Year Award

The Humanitarian of the Year Award is given each year to an individual who clearly demonstrates extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services. It is the highest single honor of philanthropic achievement in the Midlands.

2018 Award Winner Ed Mullins

United Way of the Midlands is pleased to announce the 2018 Humanitarians of the Year – Ed Mullins.

Mullins recently retired after 58 years with Nelson Mullins, where he was among the firm’s leaders who began the growth that would lead to offices in other cities and states, an expansion of legal practice areas, a more diverse work environment, and a significant commitment to pro bono and community service. The firm now consists of 770 attorneys in 25 offices in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Whether mentoring young lawyers and encouraging them to engage in community service or giving his personal time and talents to organizations like United Way of the Midlands, Mullins always made giving back to his community a priority.

Mullins holds a Juris Doctor cum laude and a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of South Carolina.

View a list of past Humanitarian of the Year Award Winners.

LIVE UNITED Volunteer Award

The United Way of the Midlands LIVE UNITED Award recipient is a volunteer that has dedicated him or herself to service throughout the year and helped promote the spirit of volunteering with United Way. Winners are chosen by a selection committee of United Way volunteers. 

LIVE UNITED Volunteer Award Winners

United Way of the Midlands is proud to present the 2018 LIVE UNITED Volunteer awards to:

JaQuan Riley

Brittany Owen

Spirit of the Midlands Award

The Spirit of the Midlands Award for Corporate Leadership is presented to a corporate partner that embodies an overall spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of United Way’s work in the priority issues of student success, financial stability and health access. 

Award Winners

United Way of the Midlands presented its 2019 Spirit of the Midlands Award for Corporate Leadership to Enterprise Holdings.  

Enterprise Holdings was recognized for its overall spirit of giving back to our community through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of United Way’s work to fight for the health, education and financial stability and improve the quality of life for everyone in the Midlands. 

The Spirit of the Midlands Award for Corporate Leadership is presented to a corporate partner that embodies an overall spirit of giving through contributions of time, leadership and resources in support of United Way’s work in the priority issues of student success, financial stability and health access.

2017-2018 Winner: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

2016-2017 Winner: AgFirst Farm Credit Bank

2015-2016 Winner: Elliott Davis

2014-2015 Winner: McNair Law Firm

2013-2014 Winner: SCANA 

2012-2013 Winner: Colonial Life 

Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award

This award will provide tuition and travel expenses for a current YLS donor employed in the private sector to attend a tuition and travel expenses to attend a 2-3 day Harvard University Leadership Development course in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winners are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to community service and a desire for professional development. Fill out a nomination form for the 2019 Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award.

About the Award

Judith M. DavisJudith M. Davis was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and its Companion Companies. Judy served the community for many years and in a number of capacities, including as a board member for Engenuity SC, SC Launch, United Way of the Midlands, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Columbia College and Palmetto Conservation Foundation. She chaired the boards of the United Way of the Midlands, South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Trinity Housing Corporation of Columbia. In 2006, she chaired the United Way campaign that raised $9.5 million. She was a charter member of United Way’s Legacy Society and a Tocqueville Society member.

Judy was particularly interested in mentoring and developing talented, creative young professionals and encouraging them to get involved in serving the Midlands. Judy possessed both sharp business acumen and a passion for serving others, which combined has created lasting change in the community. It is with this spirit in mind that the Judith M. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award has been created.

This award will provide tuition and travel expenses for a current YLS donor employed in the private sector to attend a tuition and travel expenses to attend a 2-3 day Harvard University Leadership Development course in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Winners are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to community service and a desire for professional development. Qualifications include a minimum of 50 hours of community service in the last year, at least one year of nonprofit volunteer board or committee service, and must be currently employed with a for-profit organization.

Past Recipients
2017-18 - Philip Vann
2018-19 - Drew Stevens