2016 Building Community Award

Continuing the Legacy of Giving

To honor our founder's legacy of giving, we launched the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award in 2015. The second annual Award provided one nonprofit organization with $63,000 to commemorate our rich history and tradition that began 63 years ago.

Fueled by unwavering optimism, Gerry Rauenhorst demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a commitment to finding a better way to build a business, community and a value-centered life. With an enduring belief that business has a responsibility to strengthen society, Gerry ensured giving back was a cornerstone of our organization.

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2016 Building Community Award Winner

School on Wheels

Representing Indianapolis, IN

For the past 15 years, School on Wheels has positively impacted the Indianapolis community through innovative academic programming that meets the unique needs of the community’s most vulnerable youth. School on Wheels provides one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for children and their families, helping break the cycle of homelessness through education. Each year, School on Wheels partners with 13 transitional and emergency shelter sites and select public schools to serve hundreds of homeless children. In total, School on Wheels has provided its tutoring services to 4,600 children.

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2016 Finalists

Recognizing the important contributions of all the organizations, each of the remaining seven finalists received a $1,000 grant.

Bridge Communities

Representing Chicago, IL

"Bridge Communities' mission is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by collaborating with partners to provide housing, mentoring and supportive services."

Clayton Early Learning

Representing Denver, CO

Clayton Early Learning impacts the school-readiness of more than 17,000 children in Colorado annually through direct services to children and families, research and evaluation, results-driven teacher training and focused advocacy.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa

Representing Des Moines, IA

As a Christian homebuilding organization, Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa works very hard building affordable homes for families in need.

Higher M-Pact

Representing Kansas City, MO

Higher M-Pact sees the potential to transform high-risk urban youth into successful leaders in their families and communities.


Representing Minneapolis, MN

Perspectives tackles some of society's most challenging problems: addiction, chronic homelessness and mental illness faced by mothers and their children, with innovative wraparound services.

Chicanos Por La Causa

Representing Phoenix, AZ

The CPLC Community Center is an after-school program for K-12 students in a neighborhood experiencing poverty, gang activity and failing schools.

Kingdom House

Representing St. Louis, MO

Kingdom House has empowered thousands of individuals and families to achieve a better life which translates into better communities.