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43 Nonprofits and 34 Agencies honored at 2019 Philly Awards

Kansas City, MO – Nonprofit Connect honored 43 nonprofit organizations and 34 creative agencies and freelancers for excellence in marketing and communications at the 2019 Philly Awards on Wednesday, November 13 at The Vox Theatre.
 
Any and all nonprofit organizations were invited to submit marketing pieces in a variety of categories. Nonprofit Connect received over 200 entries from 99 different nonprofits in 2019. Entries were evaluated by Nonprofit Connect’s judging panel featuring local marketing experts in the nonprofit and for-profit industries. Judges awarded first place (Gold) and second place (Silver) entries in fifteen categories, honored top-scoring entries with a contest-wide Award of Distinction, and selected the Best in Show entry. The People’s Choice Award was selected via social media in the week leading up to the event.
 
Now in their 17th year, the Philly Awards celebrate local nonprofits driving social change through outstanding achievements in communications and marketing. Nonprofit Connect’s signature contest enhances the image of nonprofit organizations and elevates the professionalism of nonprofit communications in our community, according to a recent Philly Award winner.


2019 Philly Award Winners

Annual Report GOLD
Teach for America Kansas City with Janell Browning
Spay & Neuter Kansas City
 
Annual Report SILVER
Children International
Literacy KC
 
Newsletter or Magazine GOLD
Truman Library Institute with Elisa Berg Design
Made to Flourish
 
Newsletter or Magazine SILVER
KVC Health Systems with Kim Cook Design
Central Exchange
 
Marketing Campaign GOLD
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy with Barkley
KC Healthy Kids
 
Marketing Campaign SILVER
Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City
 
Identity Campaign GOLD
Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City with Barkley
Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City with Outfront Media
 
Identity Campaign SILVER
KC Pet Project with Willoughby Design
Welcome House with Rozanne Prather Consulting, Encore Nonprofit Solutions, and Outfront Media
 
Informational Brochure GOLD
Cornerstones of Care
Newhouse with Stephanie Denzer
 
Informational Brochure SILVER
Horizon Academy with SMI Digital Marketing
Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Kansas City
 
Special Event Invitation GOLD
KVC Health Systems with Reactor Design Studio
Bright Futures Fund with The Brave Creative
 
Special Event Invitation SILVER
Truman Library Institute with Design Ranch
Gift of Life with Auman Mack
 
Special Event Campaign GOLD
Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City
Steps of Faith Foundation with A. Micah Smith, Illustration & Design
 
Special Event Campaign SILVER
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with Reactor Design Studio
BikeWalkKC
 
Fundraising Appeal GOLD
Children’s Mercy
The American Theatre Guild
 
Fundraising Appeal SILVER
Children International
Cross-Lines Community Outreach
 
Short Video GOLD
Democracy Works with KJO Media
The Vasculitis Foundation
 
Short Video SILVER
Advent Health Foundation Shawnee Mission with Stellar Image Studio
 
Medium Video GOLD
Teach for America Kansas City with Barkley
United Inner City Services with Nathan.Works
 
Medium Video SILVER
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City with KJO Media
City Year Kansas City
Long Video GOLD
Lakemary Center with Orange Hat Films
Bright Futures Fund with Sistine Films
 
Long Video SILVER
JDRF with KJO Media
Horizon Academy with Creative Films
 
Website GOLD
Children’s Mercy with Level Five
Camps for Kids with Gragg Advertising, LLC
 
Website Silver
Rockhurst University with VMLY&R
Sleepyhead Beds with kcweb.co
 
Social Media Campaign GOLD
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children’s Mercy with Barkley
Folk Alliance International
 
Social Media Campaign SILVER
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City with Intrepid Creative
 
Social Media Brand Management GOLD
KC Pet Project
Central Exchange
 
Media Relations Campaign GOLD
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children’s Mercy with Mid Coast Media (TIE)
National WWI Museum and Memorial with Sandy Hillman Communications (TIE)
Steps of Faith Foundation
 
Media Relations Campaign SILVER
Wildwood Outdoor Educational Center with Crossroads
 
AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
AdventHealth Foundation Shawnee Mission with Stellar Image Studio
Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Kansas City with Barkley
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children’s Mercy with Barkley and Mid Coast Media
Children International
Children’s Mercy with Level Five
City Year Kansas City
Democracy Works
Fox4 Love Fund with Fox4 News Kansas City
KVC Health Systems with Reactor Design Studio
Lakemary Center with Orange Hat Films
National WWI Museum and Memorial with Sandy Hillman Communications
Rockhurst University with VMLY&R
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City with KJO Media
Samuel U. Rodgers with Hearst Media
Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City
Teach for America Kansas City with Barkley and Janell Browning
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with Reactor Design Studio
United Inner City Services with Nathan.Works
Youth Entrepreneurs with Fervor Marketing
 
BEST IN HOUSE
Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City
Steps of Faith Foundation

BEST IN SHOW
National WWI Museum and Memorial with Sandy Hillman Communications
 
Nonprofit Connect also awarded the Community Champion Award to two creative agencies. Nonprofit Connect added the Community Champion Award to recognize those creative agencies that go above and beyond to support the nonprofit community. Nonprofit organizations nominated agencies that deserved to be thanked for their generous donation of time, talent or treasure, and a committee selected two winners based on their pro-bono work, company volunteerism and a culture of community involvement. The winners receive the Community Champion 2019 recognition, as well as a complimentary membership with Nonprofit Connect to supercharge their agency's involvement in 2020.
 
COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD
 
MBB Agency
MBB Agency was nominated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City for their assistance in all collateral surrounding the annual Red Show Shindig.

In response to being nominated for the Community Champion award, MBB commented: “Giving back to Kansas City isn’t something we do once a year as a team building activity; it is part of who we are day in and day out, 365 days a year. We don’t view the work we do as giving back. To us, it’s giving forward.”
 
Tico Productions, LLC
Tico Productions LLC began in 2007 with the goal of changing the types of stories told in mass media from negative to positive. As a full-service, bi-lingual production company, Tico Production’s work with non-profit clients revolves around telling stories in visually stunning, culturally authentic ways. Each staff member at Tico is encouraged to serve the community through in-kind gifts of support and resources from the studio, volunteer work, nonprofit board service, speaking engagements, and community improvement projects.

As Tico Productions commented in response to receiving the Community Champion award: “Giving back is in our DNA.”

2019 Philly Awards Committee
Chair: Sheri Johnson, McCownGordon Construction
Emily Gretzinger, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City
Rachel Hodgson, Children’s Mercy
Jake Jacobson, Native Digital
Alyssa Murfey, VMLY&R