United, we’re working to end poverty in L.A. County. In the last year alone, we’ve housed nearly 9,000 of our homeless neighbors countywide, connected 29,000 school children to educational opportunities, and through a free tax assistance program, we helped put $11.5 million back into the pockets of some of our county’s hardest-working families.

But we couldn’t do that without you. That’s why we celebrated “The Power of U” on Thursday, August 17 at United Way’s Annual Philanthropy Awards. Without generous companies like UPS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Edison International and their incredible employees, residents like Andre wouldn’t have a home, students like Maria wouldn’t have a fighting chance at an Ivy League education, and veterans like Jorge wouldn’t have a good-paying job.

Congratulations to the companies recognized for their commitment to caring. Your support means everything because without you, we’d be nothing.

AwardDescriptionWinner(s)
Spirit of Los AngelesRecognizes the partners that truly embody the spirit of our city. Each of these companies raised $500,000 or more for United Way’s “creating pathways out of poverty” fund.▪ United Parcel Service
▪ Enterprise Rent-A-Car
▪ Wells Fargo
▪ Edison International
▪ Bank of America
▪ East West Bank
Outstanding Leadership CampaignPays tribute to two companies with the highest number of Leadership Donors. A Leadership Donor is an individual employee who gives at least $1,000 a year to United Way’s “creating pathways out of poverty” fund.▪ Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Large Company)
▪ East West Bank (Mid-Size Company)
Miguel Contreras Labor AwardRecognizes an individual or group who has demonstrated phenomenal leadership and advocacy. The recipient of this award is someone whose support of United Way is unwavering and highly commendable.▪ Ron Herrera, Vice President of the Teamsters and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 396
Gold Standard AwardRecognizes the company with 90% or more of its employees giving to United Way’s “creating pathways out of poverty” fund.▪ Bobrick Washroom Equipment
Model Campaign of the YearAwarded to the company with the most effective implementation of campaign best practices.▪ Target (Large Campaign)
▪ Neutrogena (Small Campaign)
Pathfinder AwardRecognizes companies who have donated at least $10,000 to United Way’s “creating pathways out of poverty” fund in their first year of both corporate giving and workplace campaigns.▪ Live Nation Worldwide
▪ Itron
Advancement AwardAwarded to the five companies with the highest overall growth in “creating pathways out of poverty” contributions. This includes a minimum increase of $25,000 in fiscal year 2017.▪ Comcast NBCUniversal
▪ City National Bank
▪ Nordstrom
▪ Automobile Club
▪ U.S. Bank
Innovation AwardCelebrates companies who continue to think outside the box to implement successful campaigns.▪ JPL
▪ Comcast NBCUniversal
Community Champion AwardAwarded to a corporate partner who not only continues to shine in terms of fundraising, but has also shown the greatest impact and support of United Way’s work.▪ Valero
Outstanding HomeWalk ChampionRecognizes the company with the highest total sponsorship of United Way’s annual 5k run/walk to end homelessness.▪ Southern California Gas Company
Outstanding Workplace AmbassadorRecognizes individuals who tirelessly work to create successful campaigns. These awardees implement best practices, demonstrate shared values, and serve as an inspiration to all of us.▪ Jennifer Nickerson, City National Bank (Large Company)
▪ Rachel Dolan, Woodward HRT (Mid-Size Company)
▪ Jamie Kotin, Bobrick Washroom Equipment (Small Company)