The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal awarded the Maryland Business Philanthropy Awards on Friday, November 16, 2012 during the annual Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Maryland Chapter Philanthropy Day Luncheon in Baltimore. The awards program honored three businesses, whose philanthropic efforts have made Maryland a better place to live, work and do business.
“This award provides well deserved recognition to businesses that are supporting a wide variety of educational, health-related, homeless and youth activities in our neighborhoods,” said William T. Riley Jr., CPA, Maryland Chamber Chairman and a Partner with CohnReznick.
Mid-Size Employer Winner
Dataprise: Believing in giving back, this Rockville-based IT managed services firm has made it part of its mission to help the community and support local charities and associations that aim to make the world a better place. Through volunteerism, public advocacy, charitable contributions, and technology donations, Dataprise supports organizations and programs that help a wide range of people in our community as well as internationally.
Among the charities that they have supported are St. Luke’s House, Community of Hope, SOS Children’s Village, Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, American Red Cross, Make-a-Wish foundation, American Cancer Society, Association of Retarded Citizens, Experience Works and much more.
Dataprise also partnered with ‘Project Reboot’, a program that refurbishes and redistributes old computers and related unwanted equipment. The equipment is provided to disadvantaged groups, individuals and families in the community. By training the program volunteers and encouraging others to recycle their computers for a good cause, this company is reducing e-waste and promoting technology innovation.
Other award recipients are:
Small Employer Winner
Hartman Executive Advisors: An IT advisory firm with a long history of volunteerism and community involvement, participating in or sponsoring numerous philanthropic activities, the company hosts an annual day of service where every employee, their families and friends collaborate on behalf of a charity
Large Employer Winner
American Sugar Refining (Domino Sugar): One of a network of sugar refineries that is based in Baltimore. Domino Sugar does an incredible amount of volunteer and philanthropic efforts in the region. The plant manager has chaired the Museum of Industry and regularly offers his equipment to help plow the parking lots and move heavy equipment.
This is the 12th year the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Baltimore Business Journal have partnered to present the Maryland Business Philanthropy Awards. All Maryland-based businesses that have made a positive contribution to Maryland residents through financial support, in-kind donations or volunteer efforts were eligible for nomination. A panel of business and community leaders judge the nominees based on the extent of the service provided to the community, the impact on the community and the commitment the business has shown to the community over time. Judges also take into consideration the size of the business relative to their corporate giving.
ABOUT THE MARYLAND CHAMBER
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit coalition of 800 businesses who employ more than 442,000 people in the state. Its mission is to advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation. For more information about the Chamber, visit its website, www.mdchamber.org or call (410) 269-0642 or (301) 261-2858.