2017 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 third annual Award provided one nonprofit organization with $64,000 to commemorate our rich history and tradition that began 64 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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2017 Building Community Award Winner

Women's Advocates

Representing Minneapolis, MN
http://www.wadvocates.org

We're proud to name Women's Advocates the third annual Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award winner.

Women's Advocates has the nation's first shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. For more than 43 years, women and children have found a safe place at Women's Advocates.

Using personal and professional experience in their service, Women's Advocates staff have provided around-the-clock shelter and advocacy support to more than 40,000 individuals. Women leave the shelter with resources, safety plans and continuing support, so they may continue their journey towards safety and stability. Additionally, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, Women's Advocates provides domestic violence and prevention education through presentations, resource materials, tours and online engagement to thousands each year.

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2017 Finalists

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

Chicago Lights

Representing Chicago, IL

Chicago Lights provides hope and opportunity to Chicagoans facing the challenges of poverty through supportive relationships and diverse programs.

Denver Street School

Representing Denver, CO

Denver Street School pours into at-risk students so they become well-balanced, productive, independent members of society, fulfilling our vision for them.

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

Representing Des Moines, IA

YESS meets the physical, mental and social health needs of children while creating an environment where families can thrive.

Starfish Initiative

Representing Indianapolis, IN

Starfish lifts up economically disadvantaged, academically-promising students and provides a path to college and career success.

Cornerstones of Care

Representing Kansas City, MO

Cornerstones of Care is a team of nearly 800 advocates and trauma-informed experts working to improve the safety and health of over 10,000 annually.

Be A Leader Foundation

Representing Phoenix, AZ

The Be A Leader Foundation is unwaveringly optimistic and believes every student has the potential to pursue a higher education.

Home Sweet Home

Representing St. Louis, MO

Home Sweet Home is dedicated to providing support and stability to people transitioning out of homelessness by providing them with the necessities for everyday life.