Be Succinct, Show Impact: Citizens Awards Nominations Tips

Nominate a Business for the Corporate Citizenship Awards before May 29!
May 15, 2015 11:00 AM ET
Apply by May 29!

U.S. Chamber Foundation Seeks to Recognize Top Corporate Citizens

Every year the U.S. Chamber Foundation seeks to find the best examples of corporate citizenship from around the world. If you’re a company or nonprofit partner we encourage you to submit a nomination for our 16th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards!

But how can you submit the strongest nomination possible? To help we’ve compiled tips from past winners and judges, divided the tips into two categories:knowing what to nominate and completing the nomination. Check them out below and get started on your nomination!

Knowing What to Nominate

  • Review the quality of the project based on its goals, metrics, and results.
  • Analyze how well the project is integrated into the company’s mission and how it adds value back into the company.
  • Instead of worrying about the size of project, consider the size of its impact.
  • Include all types of contribution—financial, intellectual, employee, in-kind, etc.
  • Emphasize how your whole company has integrated sustainability and corporate citizenship into its operations (for Best Corporate Steward Awards).

Completing the Nomination

  • Be mindful of the word limits—tell your story succinctly.
  • Ask fellow colleagues or others who are not as familiar with the project as you are if the nomination makes sense or if there are any gaps.
  • Provide a narrative—telling a story which paints a picture can strengthen your nomination.
  • Be candid. Let your passion come through. Judges appreciate honesty.

Ready to complete your nomination? Forms can be found here. There are also more tips within the nomination form. As always, the Corporate Citizenship Center staff is available to answer your questions at or 202-463-3133. Best of luck, and we look forward to receiving your nomination by May 29!