Jake Jacobson, Colby Jones, Sloane Simmons and Casey Simmons mingle at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

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48 Nonprofits and 32 Agencies honored at 2018 Philly Awards

November 14, 2018
Kansas City, MO – Nonprofit Connect honored 48 nonprofit organizations and 32 creative agencies and freelancers for excellence in marketing and communications at the 2018 Philly Awards on Wednesday, November 13 at Boulevard Brewing Company.
 
Any and all nonprofit organizations were invited to submit marketing pieces in a variety of categories. Nonprofit Connect received over 160 entries from 95 different nonprofits in 2018. 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 16th 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.

2018 Philly Award Winners


Annual Report GOLD
Guadalupe Centers
Wonderscope Children's Museum with Merson & McDonald and Brave Creative
 
Annual Report SILVER
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Youth Volunteer Corps
 
Newsletter or Magazine GOLD
Rockhurst University with JJB Creative Design
Gift of Life with Auman Mack
 
Newsletter or Magazine SILVER
KVC Health Systems with Kim Cook Designs
Lee’s Summit Chamber
 
Marketing Campaign GOLD
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy with Barkley
First Call with VMLY&R
 
Marketing Campaign SILVER
Lyric Opera of Kansas City with Nuance (TIE)
Unbound (TIE)
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
 
Identity Campaign GOLD
KC Care Health Center with Gobo Marketing Services
Welcome House with Outfront Media
 
Identity Campaign SILVER
Catholic Charities of Kansas City – St. Joseph with Tangent Creative
St. Michael’s Veterans Center with Epic Strategies
 
Informational Brochure GOLD
TMC Charitable Foundation with Janelle Smith
The HALO Foundation with Nuance
 
Informational Brochure SILVER
Great Plains SPCA
Prep-KC
 
Special Event Invitation GOLD
KVC Health Systems with REACTOR Design Studio
ArtsKC with Laura Swearengin (TIE)
Charlotte Street Foundation with Willoughby Design (TIE)
 
Special Event Invitation SILVER
KC CARE Health Center with Volunteer Bloom Committee (TIE)
Truman Library Institute with Design Ranch (TIE)
Lee’s Summit Chamber
 
Special Event Campaign GOLD
KC Pet Project
The National Museum of Toys & Miniatures with Design Ranch
 
Special Event Campaign SILVER
Kansas City Art Institute
Steps of Faith Foundation
 
Fundraising Appeal GOLD
Kansas City Ballet
The HALO Foundation with Nuance
 
Fundraising Appeal SILVER
Children International
Literacy KC with Worth It Films
 
Short Video GOLD
Lyric Opera of Kansas City with Nuance
Sertoma - The Hearing Aid Project with EAG Advertising & Marketing
 
Short Video SILVER
Mid-America Regional Council with BIC Media
Rightfully Sewn with David Kobzantsev (TIE)
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City with TICO Productions (TIE)
 
Medium Video GOLD
Kansas City Film Office with KJO Media
Cross-Lines Community Outreach with David Eulitt (TIE)
Literacy KC with Worth It Films (TIE)
 
Medium Video SILVER
KC Pet Project with Victoria Stillwell Positivitely
 
Long Video GOLD
JDRF with KJO Media
Midwest Music Foundation with Mile Deep Films & Television, Killer Kite Productions and The Feral Few
 
Long Video SILVER
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City with KJO Media
Jackson County CASA with Thill Media
 
Website GOLD
Kansas City University
Rosedale Development Association
 
Website Silver
REACH Healthcare Foundation with Make Digital Group
Welcome House with Encore Nonprofit Solutions
 
Social Media Campaign GOLD
Children’s Mercy
Folk Alliance International
 
Social Media Campaign SILVER
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy
 
Social Media Brand Management GOLD
Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation
Kansas City Women in Technology
 
Media Relations Campaign GOLD
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy
Steps of Faith Foundation
 
Media Relations Campaign SILVER
Great Plains SPCA
 
AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy with Barkley
JDRF with KJO Media
Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City University
KC Care Health Center with Volunteer Bloom Committee
Kansas City Film Office with KJO Media
KVC Health Systems with REACTOR Design Studio
Lyric Opera of Kansas City with Nuance
Rockhurst University with JJB Design
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City with KJO Media
Rosedale Development Association
Sertoma- The Hearing Aid Project with EAG Advertising & Marketing
Steps of Faith Foundation
Truman Library Institute with Design Ranch

BEST IN SHOW
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City with KJO Media
 
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 2018 recognition, as well as a complimentary membership with Nonprofit Connect to supercharge their agency's involvement in 2019.
 
COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD
Lynn Melcher Productions
VMLY&R

2018 Philly Awards Committee
Chair: Sheri Johnson, Morningstar Communications
Emily Gretzinger, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City
Rachel Hodgson, Children’s Mercy
Jake Jacobson, Children’s Mercy
Brett Wacha, ClickFarm
Lauren Ziegler, VMLY&R
 
Contact:
Jackie Baker, Director of Marketing
(816) 888-5605