Category : Communitas Awards

blog headerFree nomination for the 2018 Communitas Awards during January

Free nomination for the 2018 Communitas Awards during January

Communitas AwardsFree recognition for community service, social responsibility

If you, your organization or a client gives back to your community through pro bono or other charitable or civic-minded work, we want to recognize you.

From now until January 31, AMCP is waiving nomination fees for the 2018 Communitas Awards for any company associated with MarCom, Hermes Creative, AVA Digital or dotCOMM Awards programs. All past entrants are in our database and thus eligible for a free nomination.  Please limit your nominations to a single category for each person or company that is nominated.

Communitas Awards recognizes exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals that are unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources, and those that are changing how they do business to benefit their communities.

Now in its ninth year, Communitas is an outgrowth of AMCP’s pro bono recognition program. Over the past few years, AMCP has waived entry fees for over 2,000 projects created pro bono for nonprofits by marketing and communication professionals. During that time, AMCP has also donated more than $250,000 to charitable endeavors.

Communitas judges make their award choices based on the spirit of Communitas, a Latin word meaning “people coming together for the good of a community.” Any company, organization or individual that donates time, effort and/or money to improve the communities in which they live or work is eligible to be nominated for a Communitas Award. Nominees are evaluated based on the extent and effectiveness of their programs in relation to their size and potential scope. Companies that exhibit ethical and sustainable business practices are also considered.

Communitas Award nominations can be submitted online at The free nomination will automatically be reflected at checkout. Self-nomination is encouraged.  Call Communitas Awards at (214) 377-3524 if you have any questions.

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AVA Digital Awards Final Deadline January 18

Don’t miss the opportunity for you and your team to get recognized for your outstanding digital work. Enter your websites, videos, and digital marketing campaigns today and you’ll have your results by February 1.

Entering is quick and easy, with more than 200 entry categories. Register, upload a file or link and you are done.

Check out the AMCP blog and the new AVA Digital Awards Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to see some of the best work that has already been judged.

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gallery-6-870x250-01Enter the Communitas Awards for FREE Through Feb. 27, 2015

Enter the Communitas Awards for FREE Through Feb. 27, 2015

One of the things that sets AMCP apart from other marketing and communication awards programs is our philanthropy and encouragement of community involvement. During the past few years, AMCP has donated more than $150,000 to charitable, educational and artistic endeavors. We also waived thousands of dollars in entry fees for work that was produced pro […]


Communitas Awards Spotlight: Alliance Data

Communitas Awards Individual: Alliance Data
Title: “2014 Excellence in Community Services”
Location: Plano, Texas
Category: 1. Leadership in Community Service

Alliance Data Systems

When designing and implementing a corporate social responsibility (CSR) plan, professionals must look outward at community initiatives as well as inward if they want to create an all-inclusive strategy. Few companies have broad plans that address CSR at every level; however, Alliance Data is one of the rare ones that does and it has its strategy laid out in a well-documented plan.

To learn why the company, recently named one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune, decided to create a formal strategy, we spoke with Danielle Ricketts, external communications specialist for Alliance Data. Ricketts was also able to give us a glimpse at its results inside and outside the Texas-based business.

Q: Alliance Data’s approach to corporate responsibility is comprehensive, covering not only community service but also other efforts that result in positive change and improved business practices. Why did leadership decide to create a formal strategy, and how has it affected Alliance Data overall?


Communitas Awards Spotlight: Genesis Health System

Individual: Genesis Health System Title: “Meeting Community Health Needs” Location: Davenport, Iowa Category: 3. Leadership in Skills-Based Community Service Good health should not be taken for granted when trying to create a strong, prosperous community, according to the team at Genesis Health System based in Davenport, Iowa. Leveraging their expertise and resources to enrich the lives of people in […]


Brilliant Factory Furthers Historic Hotel’s Preservation Efforts in a Pinch

Communitas Awards Company: Brilliant Factory
Title: “Hacienda Hotel Restoration”
Location: New Port Richey, Florida
Category: 3.1 Pro Bono

Brilliant FactoryMany are familiar with making the impossible possible in the face of short deadlines. But how many have donated their time and resources to help with such efforts?

Well, that’s exactly what a two-person crew from Brilliant Factory did. With only a weekend to complete a 2.5-minute video for the city of New Port Richey’s business development director, the team delivered a polished, persuasive video using original footage and anything else they could uncover about the Historic Hacienda Hotel.

To learn more about why Brilliant Factory stepped in to tell the story of its historic hotel and how it created a clip on such short notice, we talked with Brilliant Factory’s Jeffrey Hilton.


Education for All Children: Why Patrina Marino Designs

Individual: Patrina Marino with Davidoff Associates Title: “ChangeALife Uganda: Annual Review 2013” Location: New York, New York Category: 1.5 Individual Participation The skills of marketing and communication professionals are needed across the world for a plethora of reasons. Patrina Marino, principal at New York-based design consulting firm Davidoff Associates, has chosen to donate her skills and expertise for the […]


Texas NICUSA’s Community Efforts Sparkle Year-round – Rain or Shine

Communitas Awards Company: Texas NICUSA
Title: “Texas NICUSA Gives Back”
Location: Austin, Texas
Category: 1. Leadership in Community Service

Texas.govGiving back to the community is something many companies do, but how many businesses serve their local citizens every week? And how many have been doing that for more than four years?

The Lone Star State has at least one business with such a strong devotion to giving back, Texas NICUSA. The private company operates, the state’s official website. Beyond overseeing the site, Texas NICUSA’s 100+ professionals take a more active role in the Austin area, helping all sorts of organizations from Austin Children’s Shelter to Meals on Wheels and Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

To find out more about how the company fosters a culture of service and how it decides which organizations to help, we chatted with Lisa Carrell, senior marketing associate with Texas NICUSA.


Educate & Motivate: The Story Behind the Save Salt River Bay Website Created By Eclipse Marketing Services

Company: Eclipse Marketing Services Title: “Save Salt River Bay Website” Location: Morristown, New Jersey Category: 3.1 Pro Bono After experiencing the natural phenomenon of a “Bio Bay” in St. Croix and learning of a plan that would permanently affect the area, Eclipse Marketing Services president Margaret Boller and her team launched the website to help inform […]


2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: IU McKinney School of Law

Organization: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Title: “Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Partnership with IPS Shortridge Magnet School for Law and Public Policy” Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Category: 1.1 Company Sponsored Volunteer Project Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law began a unique partnership in August 2012 with Indianapolis Public […]


2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: Cooksey Communications

Company: Cooksey Communications Title: “Twenty Years of Companywide Community Leadership and Involvement” Location: Irving, Texas Category: 1. Leadership in Community Service The staff at Dallas-area public relations firm Cooksey Communications considers community service and leadership integral to how they do business. Now in its 20th year, Cooksey Communications has grown to one of the largest […]