The Winners: 2019 Community Impact Awards

We honor the businesses that give back to their communities in outstanding ways

This article appears in print in the November 2019 issue. See more about the winners of the 2019 Community Impact Awards here. Click here for a free subscription.

It’s about more than just the bottom line: Giving back to the community is good for business. Almost 71% of Americans surveyed in the 2019 Cox Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses said they’re willing to pay more for a product if business owners openly promote the causes they support. About 72% said it was important for the small businesses they frequent to practice diverse and inclusive hiring. From large private companies like Laird Norton to small nonprofits like Ventures, organizations across the Puget Sound region are marrying passion and purpose to make a difference.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Janis Avery

Business of the Year
Gold: Cenral Co-op
Silver: Tableau Software Inc.

Social Entrepreneurship
Gold: Ventures
Silver: Skookum Kids

Gold: Seattle Seahawks/CenturyLink Field

Gold: Evrnu
Silver: Impact Bioenergy

Job Training
Gold: Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Silver: Orion Industries; Trillium Employment Services

Pro Bono
Gold: Laird Norton Wealth Management

Gold: IslandWood
Silver: Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association

Gold: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Silver: Union Gospel Mission

Judges for the 2019 Community Impact Awards

Tonya Drake, chancellor, WGU Washington
Megan Ferland, CEO, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Kate Isler, CEO, Be Bold Now
Luni Libes, founder/managing director, Fledge
Dwight Prevo, Washington Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo
Shannon Riggs, partner, Lane-Finn
Kerri Schroeder, Seattle market president, Bank of America

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