United Way Recognizes 22 Corporate and Agency Partners

Land O'Lakes, GE Capital Fleet Services, Bassford Remele, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe took the top corporate awards.

Greater Twin Cities United Way last week recognized 22 corporate and agency partners at its annual “Best Of Awards”-and three of the top corporate awards went to Arden Hills-based agricultural cooperative Land O'Lakes, Eden Prairie-based vehicle financing and fleet management provider GE Capital Fleet Services, and Minneapolis-based law firm Bassford Remele.

In their respective size categories, each of the three companies won “best in show,” which recognized the best overall campaigns with regard to employee participation and engagement.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which has a district office in Minneapolis, earned another major award-the inaugural “General Mills, Inc., Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising.” Last year, the company's giving campaign increased participation by 6.5 percent and boosted donations by 10 percent through a strong labor-management partnership, retiree involvement, and an engaged company ambassador, according to Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Meanwhile, Carol Jackson, a longtime employee of Edina-based grocer Jerry's Foods, earned the Stan Kowalski Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes lifelong excellence through volunteerism. Jackson is also vice president and historian for the Ney Nature Center-an environmental learning center in the city of Henderson.

Other categories, along with the organization or person recognized in each, are:

Best Year-Round Partnership – The Toro Company
Best Agency Partner – Volunteers of America of Minnesota
Best Ambassador – General Mills, Inc.: Donna Svendsen
Best Campaign Committee – Cummins Power Generation
Best Caring Connection Involvement – Accenture
Best CEO/Executive Involvement – Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Best Event – Ecolab, Inc.
Best Fast and Fabulous Campaign – Mortenson Construction
Best United Way Giving Communities – U.S. Bancorp
Best Kickoff – The Mosaic Company
Best Labor/Management Partnership – UPS – IAMAW District Lodge 77, Teamsters Locals 120 and 638
Best Multi-Location Campaign – Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Best New Campaign – Nordson Micromedics
Best Rise to the Challenge – SPS Commerce
Best Use of Theme – 3M Company
Best Use of Web/New Media/Technology – General Mills, Inc.
Best Video: Xcel Energy, Inc.