In the News: This year’s One Tampa Bay nonprofit and corporate philanthropy honorees

Revealed: This year’s One Tampa Bay nonprofit and corporate philanthropy honorees

Oct. 5, 2021

By: Tampa Bay Business Journal

Thirty-three Tampa Bay area nonprofit organizations and corporations have been named as honorees for this year’s One Tampa Bay awards. Close to 180 nominations were received.

See the photo gallery above for this year’s honorees.

To determine the honorees, the TBBJ’s judging panel considered a range of criteria in the in-depth nominating packets.

For nonprofits, part of the focus is on financial stewardship and the impact they make with limited staff and diminished volunteerism, especially during the pandemic. Organizations that operate in a lean fashion utilizing best practices for nonprofit management, and ones that channel the bulk of the money they raise into the services they provide, were given weight.

On the corporate philanthropy side, this is a community that has a long tradition of giving back. It is also one in which there is great business community support for nonprofit service and giving. For these awards, the Business Journal highlights those companies going above and beyond in their giving — and ones that have made the benevolence ingrained in their cultures.

Connecting the business community to great nonprofit organizations — and celebrating their financial acumen is a tradition that dates back to 2005 at the Business Journal when the inaugural Nonprofit of the Year awards were convened.

Two to four representatives from the honorees will be asked to gather at an invite-only reception at Vū Studios on Nov. 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is not open to the public.

Nominations for the 2022 One Tampa Bay awards will open again in summer 2022.


One Tampa Bay, nonprofit: Hillsborough Education Foundation

Nov. 19, 2021

By: Tampa Bay Business Journal

Hillsborough Education Foundation is helping build a stronger education system in the county with its commitment to advocacy, the investment of resources, and it is offering programs that help empower students to be successful.

It meets the needs of over 217,000 students and 24,000 employees in Hillsborough County Public Schools by providing school supplies and other resources, mentoring low-income students, and more. Annually, the organization provides over $1 million in scholarships to graduating seniors.

In 2020, it launched a three-year strategic plan that has five priority areas: programs, advocacy, resource development, brand awareness, and operational excellence. At this time, it also created a team of five that worked to help students that were experiencing a gap in homework and learning due to digital setbacks. The digital equity program helps provide families with a computer, Internet access, and ongoing support to ensure learning takes place.