Community Spark Award Contest - Social Assurance
 

How are you creating Sparks in your community?

Community Spark Award

Banks and credit unions are always providing Sparks to their communities. Whether it is through volunteerism, donations and sponsorships, small business loans, or hosting local events, they are making huge impacts in their communities.

The Social Assurance Community Spark Award recognizes banks and credit unions making a difference in their communities. Two financial organizations will be awarded the Social Assurance Community Spark Award recognizing an effort they have initiated in their community in 2020. The award winner will receive recognition and a $250 donation to their local charity of choice. A runner up will additionally receive recognition and a $150 donation to their charity of choice.

To enter, please submit information on one (1) specific initiative that has created a spark in your community in 2020.

Nomination period: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020

Share your story with us!

Fill out the following questions to submit your entry for consideration.

Bank or Credit Union Name (required)

Individual(s) that contributed to driving this effort (required)

Contact Name (required)

Contact Email (required)

Contact Phone Number (required)

Tell us how you are creating a spark in your community in 2020!

For example, what non-profit(s) have you supported? What have you done to support local small businesses? What have you done to safely help your community stay connected?

What group(s) did you impact? (optional)

How many people did you impact? (optional)

We'd love to see you in action!

Do you have any photos or marketing materials from your community contributions? Please upload up to 5.






In submission of my nomination I agree to all submission terms and conditions as outlined on this page.

Winner Selection Specifications

Judging will be based solely on the narrative responses and images you provide on the entry form. Your submission should illustrate the impact your contribution had on your community in 2020. The entries will be judged on the following categories: innovation/creativity, community impact, and size of institution. Each category will be scored on the five-point scale. The winners will be determined by the highest overall score.

Five-Point Scale:

Judging will be based solely on the categories of innovation/creativity, community impact, and size of institution. Each category is worth 5 points and scored between 1 and 5, with five being the highest score.

Categories:

  • Innovation/creativity: We will assess the originality of the event/contribution.
  • Community impact: We will take into consideration the type of impact (donation/sponsorship, volunteer hours, community event, etc.), the timeframe (annual event, new event, # of hours, etc.), and the number of local businesses or non-profits benefited/involved.
  • Size of institution: Smaller institutions will receive a higher grade in this category, as they typically have less reach and resources ($100M< = 5, $100-$250M = 4, $250-$500M = 3, $500-$2 billion = 2, $2 billion + up = 1).

Grading:

  • 5. Outstanding: Wow! You really went above and beyond in your efforts.
  • 4. Excellent: Awesome work – you took it a step above the normal status quo.
  • 3. Average: Your efforts are providing a spark in your community.
  • 2. Developing: Keep up the great work – we would love to see more.
  • 1. Emerging: Not enough information provided to assess this area.