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

Adams and Reese
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
BlueCross BlueShield of SOUTH CAROLINA
Central Electric Power Cooperative
Central Midlands Regional Transit
Authority (COMET)
Columbia Housing Authority
The Cooperative Ministry
First Community Bank
Free Medical Clinic
GrandSouth Bank
Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI)
Midlands Housing Alliance
Palmetto Imaging Technology
Publix Super markets
SCANA
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Sistercare
South Carolina Bankers Association
South Carolina Bar
Southeastern Freight Lines
United Way of the Midlands
UPS
Wolfe & Taylor

Advanced Campaigns

BB&T
Colliers International SC
Elliott Davis
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Home Works of America
Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas
Macy's
Miller-Valentine Group
Norfolk Southern Foundation
The Risk Authority Stanford
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Security Federal Bank
Southern First Bank
Target Stores 

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 2017 Community Impact Award recipients are:

Doug Washington (Transitions Executive Director Craig Currey accepted the award on his behalf)

The Spring Valley High School Key Club

Rachel Dieter

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 2017 LIVE UNITED Volunteer awards to:

Drew Stevens

Julie Mooney

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 2018 Spirit of the Midlands Award for Corporate Leadership to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina at the organization’s Major Firms CEO Breakfast.  

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina 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.  

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina employees’ philanthropic efforts in the past year included contributing more than $2.7 million to United Way of the Midlands. Nearly 8,000 employees volunteered 22,000 hours this year with United Way’s Community Impact Partners Harvest Hope Food Bank, Sistercare, American Heart Association and Homeless No More.

“Partners like BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and their generous employees make it possible for us to take on challenges and tackle important problems across the Midlands,” said United Way President and CEO Sara Fawcett. “We are thankful for their continued support to improve 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.
 

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.

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