Awards Criteria

Each year, United Way of Williamson County recognizes companies and volunteers for their support in these areas. Individuals and organizations receive awards for their outstanding and invaluable contributions.

Circle of Caring – Distinguishes outstanding company campaigns for 1) organization and growth, 2) level of corporate and employee giving, and 3) year-round commitment to United Way programs. Companies are awarded points based on achievement and increased levels in these key areas.

Top 25 Company – Top level achievement for highest dollars contributed through annual employee workforce campaign.

#1 Company – Top level achievement for highest dollars contributed through annual employee workforce campaign.

Summit Award – Company provides outstanding support through contributions, volunteerism, involvement with committees and raising awareness in the community.

Rising Star – Company demonstrates a reach for greater achievements; serves as an example to other organizations for inspiration and best practices.

Best Overall Campaign – Awarded for overall excellence at two levels: companies with less than 100 employees and those with 100+. Evaluated based on special events, targeted initiatives, unified messages and contribution to our communities.

Top New Company – Recognizes outstanding results from a company’s first ever United Way of Williamson County campaign. Two categories of small (less than 100 employees) and large (100 or greater) companies.

Most Creative – Company demonstrating innovation and ingenuity in campaign development and delivery.

Most Improved – Recognized for progress and growth in campaign programs and financial results. Awarded by division. divisions

Participation – Outstanding overall employee participation at level of 90 to 100%. Company leadership casts a vision to achieve total employee involvement.

Education Awards – Recognized for amount of funds raised and campaign participation levels for Williamson County and Franklin Special Schools

Government Challenge – Achievement and overall campaign success by City of Franklin, City of Brentwood and Williamson County.

Making A Difference Award – Recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional community involvement.

Outstanding Youth – Actively involved in making a difference with Youth Advisory Council.

Emerging Leaders United – Engaged in community contribution through our young professional’s group, Emerging Leaders United. Members age 45 years or younger meet monthly for professional development, social networking and service to the community.

Patricia Hart Society – Actively involved in Patricia Hart Society, the UWWC women’s initiative.

Community Volunteers – Recipients recognized for extraordinary service in the community.

Becky Darby Award – Becky Darby served United Way of Williamson County for 20 years and dedicated her energies to enhance the provision of health and human services. This award honors an exemplary leader serving in the nonprofit sector of Williamson County. The recipient receives scholarship funding for professional development opportunities.

John I. Easley Award (for an agency) – Beginning in 1990, the award honors the memory of John Easley. John was actively involved the vision and start-up of numerous programs that still serve members of the community. An agency that demonstrates outstanding support of the goals and objectives of United Way of Williamson County is recognized.

Bill King Award – William B. King set the example through his leadership and action in building partnerships between companies and United Way of Williamson County. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies our long-time partner and friend.