In collaboration with the celebration and observance of National Philanthropy Day, the Story County Alliance for Philanthropy hosted its ninth annual Story County Philanthropy Day on Nov. 14, at Gateway Hotel & Conference Center.
The Story County Alliance for Philanthropy is made up of organizations and individuals, including United Way of Story County (UWSC), interested in showing appreciation for all that has been accomplished in the name of giving – and to show that there is still more to do.
Each year, awards are given to honor and recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that provide essential services to county residents. Award winners recognized this year included the following:
Business Philanthropist: 3M
Individual Volunteer Fundraiser: Jim Black
Youth Philanthropist: Girl Scout Troops 28 and 150
Group Volunteer Fundraiser: Kiwanis Clubs of Story County
Family Philanthropist: Yvonne and Kevin Kinzler
UWSC nominated 3M, whose focus is encouraging innovation through STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). In 2012, 3M donated $56.6 million in cash and in-kind to education, health and human services, arts and the environment. Of the total, $26.6 million went toward education, including supporting teachers and schools through ingenuity grants for STEM-focused school supplies, plus providing products such as Post-it® Notes and mobile projectors.
Charles Avery, plant manager at the Ames 3M, said, "I am extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of our 3M Ames employees that are committed to improving lives for all residents in Story County and adjoining communities. Locally, we are proud of our long-standing partnership with United Way and their Give, Volunteer, and Advocate approach, in addition to our other strong connections to local schools and nonprofit organizations."
UWSC is a strategic leader in building countywide partnerships to identify needs and to develop, support and evaluate effective human services, especially in the areas of education, income and health, for our diverse community.