2022 Community Impact Awards
Two years after the onset of a global pandemic, as well as the social unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd, many mission-driven organizations find themselves fundamentally changed, expanded, and fortified. They were quick to address acute needs—from hunger relief to federal aid that kept many small businesses afloat. Now there is perhaps a moment to finally reflect, but there’s still no end to the demands, including accelerated priorities for poverty relief, racial justice, sustainability, mental health issues, and support for BIPOC entrepreneurs. For TCB’s second annual Community Impact Awards, we recognize 10 businesses and nonprofits, large and small, that stand out for their contributions.
With nearly 100 nominations, we asked four professionals whose work centers on community impact to help our editorial team decide whom to honor this year. “I was impressed with the variety and quality of nominations from familiar organizations and organizations that were new to me,” says Lindsey Hanson, pro bono counsel for Robins Kaplan law firm in Minneapolis. “The editorial team and advisory committee certainly had their work cut out for them choosing between so many organizations doing wonderful work in the community.”
Pahoua Yang Hoffman, senior vice president of government and community relations at HealthPartners, has devoted her career to solving civic problems, so she understands the weight of the demands on the organizations we honor. “Addressing community challenges is work that requires everyone, because the root causes of these challenges are so deep, stemming from generational trauma, racism, and ageism, just to name a few. These challenges directly impact some, but they affect all of us,” Hoffman says. “Every organization that was nominated was worthy of recognition, but the organizations we ultimately selected represented collaboration, innovation, and the willingness to go below the surface in addressing our most intractable problems.”
We formally honored these organizations at an event on May 25 at the Metropolitan Ballroom. Photos highlighting the celebration are below.
—Allison Kaplan, TCB editor-in-chief
Photography by Jordan Buckellew.
Community Impact Awards Advisory Committee
Special thanks to the experts who provided insight and advice that helped TCB’s editorial staff select the 2022 Community Impact Award winners:
- Lindsey Hanson, pro bono counsel, Robins Kaplan
- Pahoua Yang Hoffman, senior vice president, government and community relations, HealthPartners
- Sarah Lutman, principal, 8 Bridges Workshop and “Performing Philanthropy” columnist
- Tru Pettigrew, chief diversity and inclusion officer, Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx