Force for Positive Change

Awards and event for organizations making a social impact in Wisconsin

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Announcing the third annual Force for Positive Change award competition

Is your organization making a social impact in Wisconsin? The Force for Positive Change will provide financial awards to organizations addressing social challenges locally.

The Force for Positive Change competition began in 2016 with the goal of celebrating both for-profit and nonprofit organizations focused on creating lasting beneficial impact in, by and for Wisconsin. In its second year, the competition expanded to embrace those organizations working to make a difference in the areas identified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals while also pursuing a path to financial sustainability and lasting benefits.

Applications are now being accepted for the third annual Force for Positive Change award competition.

To be eligible for one of at least six $10,000 cash awards, organizations must:
  • Be a functioning enterprise (either a nonprofit entity or for-profit company) with a viable revenue-generating product or service already on the market or in use. 
  • Address an important social and/or environmental challenge that exists in Wisconsin (that may also exist elsewhere), either through their products or services or through their operations.
  • Have a base of operations in Wisconsin.
 In addition, this year up to two cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to eligible student organizations or entrepreneurs in Wisconsin.

Force for Positive Change competition rules

All competition participants must agree to the competition rules before submitting their application. By submitting your application, you agree to abide by the competition rules. For more information, check our Frequently Asked Questions and rules document.

Summary of  rules
  1. You must submit an application to be entered into the Force for Positive Change competition. The competition will proceed through two phases. The deadline for submitting an application for Phase I is September 15, 2019.

  2. A subset of applicants will be selected to advance to Phase II of the Force for Positive Change
    competition. Applicants invited to advance to Phase II will be selected by a panel of judges. Phase I
    applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    a. Extent to which the organization has strong connections to Wisconsin through its staff, investors, directors, clients/customers.
    b. Degree to which their organization values and measures beneficial societal impact in Wisconsin.
    c. Ability to demonstrate financial sustainability.

  3. Phase II applicants will be invited to submit additional information in written form and in an interview
    with a team of judges. Phase II applicants will be notified no later than October 1, 2019, and Phase II applications will be due on October 15, 2019. Phase II applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    a. Degree to which their organization pursues an innovative approach to a societal challenge in Wisconsin.
    b. Probability of continued success and ability to be a force for positive change in Wisconsin.
    c. The organization’s plans for future implementation and growth.

  4. At least 12 finalists will be announced no later than November 8, 2019. Finalists will be required to attend in
    person or to designate a representative of their organization to attend the Force for Positive Change event at
    Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on November 15, 2019, to be considered for a prize.
Prizes

Winners will be announced at the November 15, 2019, Force for Positive Change event at Lambeau Field. At least six cash prizes of $10,000 will be awarded to organizations working towards progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition, up to two cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to eligible student organizations/entrepreneurs.

If you have any questions about these rules, please contact Laura Heisler at laura@warf.org, 608-316-4392 or Kelsey Otero at kelsey.otero@marquette.edu, 414-288-4990.

The Force for Positive Change award competition is sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and Marquette University. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of entries received. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. For full official rules click here.


Force for Positive Change Event

Save the Date: November 15 @ Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin


Questions


If you have questions, please email laura@warf.org or call 608-316-4392 or Kelsey.otero@marquette.edu or call at 414-288-4990.