Advancing Racial Equity In Philanthropy, Non-Profit, and Fundraising
Advancing Racial Equity In Philanthropy, Non-Profit, and Fundraising
The Denise Stennis Awards recognize an individual in the nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising field and a nonprofit organization who are serving under-represented and underserved communities in the Chicago area, who have integrated racial equity with sustained strategic collaborations, and who lift pragmatic, action-oriented, and tenacious change makers. Denise Stennis Award recipients are credited with sustained contribution of leadership excellence and service in their communities and inspiring others in the field to do the same. The objective of this Denise Stennis Awards program is not only to recognize those who do contribute, but also to inspire others to make similar contributions to the field.
Breakin' It Down Planning Committee
The Denise Stennis Awards pay tribute to the memory of Denise Stennis, a community leader, mentor, friend and a founding member of the Breakin' It Down conference. Well- known and regarded in the metropolitan Chicago nonprofit community, Denise served a number of social benefit, educational and cultural organizations. She directly influenced countless nonprofit decision-makers, fundraising volunteers, and the work as well as careers of many Chicago area development professionals. Denise wrote: “I use the word serve as a description of my responsibilities to the nonprofit community. I do not take that responsibility lightly. My love and faith in mankind is a driving force in my commitment to the profession and to those non-profits I have been fortunate to work with.” We honor her dedication to advancing racial equity and expanding opportunity to diverse communities and professionals in the nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising field.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED
Individual: US $1,000
Nonprofit Organization: US $1,000
Nomination period: through September 30, 2022
Nomination review period: October 1 -7
Notification and Confirmation period: by October 14
PLEASE NOTE: Submissions and acceptance of award automatically constitute approval for Breakin it Down to use the information for promotional activities. The individual and organization selected for the Denise Stennis Awards may be featured in various promotional materials, without compensation. Photos and quotes may be displayed for promotional purposes including social media, website, electronic, and printed materials.
The Denise Stennis Awards are open to all nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising professionals and nonprofit organizations serving under-represented and underserved communities in the Chicago area. Nominations may be made by anyone, e.g., the organization of the candidate, community members, funders, or members of any of the Breakin it Down partner organizations. Individuals and organizations may also be self-nominated. During their term service, BID Committee members are not eligible for nomination .
Nominators should review the following criteria to determine if the candidate is eligible for nomination:
INDIVIDUAL AWARD CRITERIA
ORGANIZATION AWARD CRITERIA
All nominations must be submitted electronically, and should include the following:
The nomination information must be submitted electronically, using this page.
The nomination package must include a resume or similar document that describes the candidate's professional background and achievements and other relevant activities. For organizations, a brochure or information sheet outlining the programs should be included.
The nomination package must also include the following information:
AWARD CRITERIA NARRATIVE AND SUPPORTING MATERIAL
In no more than three typed pages, address the following criteria, providing specific, concrete examples for the following
In addition, you may include news or magazine articles written about the nominee.
The Review Committee (up to five members) comprising BID committee members and external professionals in the field will review the nominations and, if appropriate, select one individual award and one organization recipient recipient in a given year. The Review Committees may recommend not to present an award if the nominations do not meet the stated award criteria. The awards need not be offered if the BID Planning Committee so decides in a particular year.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Any perceived or real conflicts of interest should be reported and discussed with the Review Committee chair. This includes but is not limited to whether a review committee member is a relative, partner, program collaborate, funder, employee, former employer, or former consultant. Additionally, if a review committee member is currently employed by the same employer or institution of one of the nominees, the committee chair should be made aware of the situation. The committee chair will inform committee members of these relationships.
Nomination Expiration Should a nominee not be selected in the initial year of submission, the nomination will be carried over and considered active for the next award cycle. Thus, a nomination will be considered at least twice. The award need not be made to count as an award cycle.
Updated materials to enhance the original nomination are highly encouraged and may be submitted if such materials are received online at BID's website prior to or on the next appropriate nomination deadline and comply with current eligibility qualifications.
In all cases, Breakin' It Down will notify the nominator as to the status of the nomination.
The Awards may be presented during a virtual or in-person reception, to be held as part of the Breakin' It Down conference or as separate event. The recipients of the awards receive a feature on BID's website, Facebook, a public announcement, and presentation of award plaque and monetary award.
Awardees must be present at the ceremony to receive the award. If they are not able to be present, they must send someone on their behalf. Organization awardee must send an organization representative.
Prizes/awards are amounts received by an individual or non-profit organization primarily in recognition of religious, charitable, scientific, educational, artistic, literary or civic achievement or received as a result of entering a contest.
Award Payment to U.S. Citizens, Resident Aliens, and Non-Profit Organizations
All prizes of $600 or more are reportable by the Breakin' It Down's Fiscal Sponsor on Form 1099- MISC
• Amount is subject to Federal Income Tax and potentially subject to State Income
Forms Required for Award Payment to U.S. Citizens
Forms Required for Award Payment to Resident Alien
Forms Required for Award Payment to Non-Profit Organization
Award Payment to Nonresident Aliens
IRS regulations require that Nonresident Aliens (NRA) who are receiving a prize/award are subject to 30% federal withholding on the payment. Generally, tax treaty provisions are not available to exempt a prize/award from the 30% tax withholding. Breakin' It Down, through its fiscal sponsor, is required to withhold 30% from the amount and remit it to the IRS. The NRA will receive the balance.
Forms Required for Award Payment to Nonresident Alien
This Denise Stennis Awards is subject to all federal, state, and local laws. This awards contest and Official Rules are governed and interpreted by the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
By participating in the Denise Stennis Awards contest and submitting an entry, or agreeing to have an nomination entry submitted, each nominator/entrant agrees to (i) be bound by these Official Rules, including all nomination requirements, and (ii) waive any and all claims against Breakin' It Down and its fiscal sponsor, which is providing the prize(s), if any, and their fiscal sponsor, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, licensees, and any and all other organizations and individuals associated with the Denise Stennis Awards contest, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, "Released Parties") for any injury, damage or loss that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the participation in the Denise Stennis Awards contest or from the receipt or use of any Prize (or any portion thereof) or any activity related to the receipt or use of any Prize (or any portion thereof).
By entering the Denise Stennis Awards contest or submitting any nomination for the Awards contest, each entrant or nominator gives their express permission to be contacted by Breakin It Down planning committee members and/or its fiscal sponsor by telephone, e-mail and/or postal mail for contest purposes. The Winner, by acceptance of the Prize, grants to Breakin' It Down the right to publicize such Winner's entry, name, employer, location (city and state), photograph, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, promotional, and/or any other purpose in any media or format now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law.
Breakin' It Down will post the Official Rules, which are subject to change without notice, at Denise Stennis Awards | Breakin' It Down Chicago (breakinitdownchicago.org and names of the winners online at www.breakinitdownchicago.org.
The nomination period for the 2022 Denise Stennis Awards will run through September 30. Only online nomination forms will be accepted.
Please Note: Information on the nomination form cannot be saved. All fields must be completed in order for the nomination form to be considered.
If you have a supporting document, each file must be less than 10 MB and the total size of all attachments must be less than 15 MB. You can also scan and feel free to send us, with the Subject: Supporting Documents [Nominee's Name] by email. Note: Photos and documents cannot be returned. Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.