Force for Positive Change

Awards and event for organizations making a social impact in Wisconsin

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Announcing the second 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 expands to embrace those organizations working to make a difference in the areas of:

  • Food/agriculture/environment
  • Workforce/urban development
  • Finance/lending/housing
  • Manufacturing/art & design/construction
  • Water/cleantech/energy
  • Education/youth programming


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



 Preview application questions (PDF)






 Preview application questions (PDF)



Eligibility

To be eligible for one of at least six (6) $12,500 cash awards, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 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 (2) cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to eligible student organizations or entrepreneurs in Wisconsin. 


Summary of Force for Positive Change competition 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 January 19, 2018.

  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:
    • the extent to which the organization has strong connections to Wisconsin through its staff, investors, directors, clients/customers
    • degree to which their organization values and measures beneficial societal impact in Wisconsin
    • 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 applications will be notified no later than February 1, and Phase II applications will be due on February 16. Phase II applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
    • degree to which their organization pursues an innovative approach to a societal challenge in Wisconsin
    • the probability of continued success and ability to be a force for positive change in Wisconsin
    • the organization’s plans for future implementation and growth
    • the scalability and replicability of the organization’s approach to creating lasting positive impact in Wisconsin

  4. At least 12 finalists will be announced no later than March 15. 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 Marquette University on March 22 in order to be considered for a prize.


Questions

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

The Force for Positive Change award competition is sponsored by 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 more information, view the full official rules.



Force for Positive Change event

Save the Date: March 22, 2018 @ Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.