• The Philly Awards award nonprofit marketing and communications excellence in Kansas City. Nonprofit Connect
  • Philly Awards

    Are you a nonprofit marketing rockstar?

    Nonprofit organizations and creative agencies working with nonprofit clients are invited to submit entries to Nonprofit Connect's expert panel of judges. Winners are awarded in fifteen categories, and honored at the Philly Awards celebration in November.

    You work hard to create compelling and impactful messages that bring your organization one step closer to achieving your mission. That's why the Philly Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in nonprofit marketing and communications

  • Congratulations!

    Thank you for joining us on November 15 to celebrate the 2017 Philly Awards winners. 

    View the 2017 Winners Book

    2017 Philly Awards Winners Book Nonprofit Connect JDRF

  • 2017 Best in Show

    "Choosing Cancer," Short Video by First Call

    Watch it here!

  • Awards of Distinction

    Any entry that scores in the ninetieth percentile of the possible points awarded.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City  

    "Big Brothers Big Sisters Website"

    Kansas City CARE Clinic

    "Simply Bloom Party Invitation"

    Charlotte Street Foundation

    "CSF Identity Campaign"

    KC Pet Project

    "Raise the Woof, KC Social Media Campaign"

    Cornerstones of Care

    "Cornerstones of Care Website"

    KVC Health Systems

    "2016 KVC Gala Invitation"

    First Call

    "Choosing Cancer Short Video"

    "Choosing Parkinson's Short Video"

    "Stop the Shame Social Media Campaign"

    TMC Charitable Foundation

    "In This Together- 2016 Gratitude Report"

    Folk Alliance International

    "Special Event Campaign"


    "Journey of a Letter Short Video"


    "Forks & Corks"

    Veterans Community Project

    "Facing Homelessness"


    "2017 JDRF Dream Gala"


  • Philly Award Category Winners

    GOLD- Highest Scoring Entry
    SILVER- Second Highest Scoring Entry

    Organization Size Division: Income Under $3M or Income $3M and Above

  • Annual Report GOLD

    TMC Charitable Foundation

    Wonderscope Children's Museum

    Special Event Campaign SILVER

    Johnson County Library Foundation


    Annual Report SILVER

    Legal Aid of Western Missouri

    Youth Volunteer Corps

    Fundraising Appeal GOLD

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

    International Essential Tremor Foundation

    Print/Electronic Newsletter GOLD


    Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri

    Fundraising Appeal SILVER

    KC Pet Project

    Cross-Lines Community Outreach

    Print/Electronic Newsletter SILVER

    Gift of Life

    Short Video GOLD


    First Call

    Print/Electronic Magazine GOLD


    Truman Library Institute (TIE)

    Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce (TIE) 

    Short Video SILVER

    Kansas City Association of REALTORS (TIE)

    Children's Mercy (TIE)

    Veterans Community Project

    Print/Electronic Magazine SILVER

    Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences

    Long Video GOLD

    Operation Breakthrough

    Women's Employment Network

    Marketing Campaign GOLD

    Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy


    Long Video SILVER

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

    Cross-Lines Community Outreach

    Marketing Campaign SILVER

    Children's Mercy

    Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City


    Website GOLD

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

    Turn the Page KC


    Identity Campaign GOLD

    KC Pet Project

    Charlotte Street Foundation

    Website Silver

    Cornerstones of Care


    Identity Campaign SILVER

    Cornerstones of Care

    After the Harvest (TIE)

    Camp Encourage (TIE)

    Social Media Campaign GOLD

    KC Pet Project

    First Call


    Informational Brochure GOLD

    KCPT-Kansas City PBS

    Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation

    Social Media Campaign SILVER

    Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy

    Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City

    Informational Brochure SILVER

    Salvation Army of Kansas & Western Missouri

    Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri

    Social Media Brand Management GOLD

    Children's Mercy


    Special Event Invitation GOLD

    KVC Health Systems

    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

    Social Media Brand Management SILVER

    Kansas City Art Institute


    Special Event Invitation SILVER

    Kansas City CARE Clinic (TIE)

    TMC Charitable Foundation (TIE)

    Media Relations Campaign GOLD


    Folk Alliance International

    Special Event Campaign GOLD

    Harvesters (TIE)

    JDRF (TIE)

    Folk Alliance International

    Media Relations SILVER

    Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefiting Children's Mercy

    KC Healthy Kids


  • Community Champion Award

    New this year, Nonprofit Connect added the Community Champion Award to recognize those creative agencies that go above and beyond to support the nonprofit community. Nonprofit organizations nominated agencies that deserved to be thanked for their generous donation of time, talent or treasure, and a committee selected two winners based on their pro-bono work, company volunteerism and a culture of community involvement. The winners receive the Community Champion 2017 recognition, as well as a complimentary Business Membership with Nonprofit Connect is supercharge their agency's involvement in 2018.

  • KJO Media Logo Nonprofit Connect Community Champion Award

    KJO Media

    Nominated by: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and United Way of Wyandotte County

    KJO is a team of 11 that provides full-service video production in Kansas City. They work with sixteen different nonprofit clients, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and JDRF. JKO works closely with these nonprofits to help them communicate their message in a compelling way, and provides many hours of pro bono work. The team also gets involved beyond video production, guest lecturing in a nonprofit marketing class and volunteering to emcee a fundraising event.

  • Trozzolo Logo Nonprofit Connect Community Champion Award

    Trozzolo Communications

    Nominated by: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

    This long-standing Kansas City agency serves more than 50 nonprofit clients, providing public relations, graphic design, social media support and more. The value of Trozzolo's in-kind services totals almost 50% of their net income. And the team volunteers hundreds of hours for local organizations, serving meals and helping out at fundraising events.

  • Questions about the Philly Awards?
    Contact jbaker@npconnect.org

  • 2017 Philly Awards Committee

    Sheri Johnson, Chair
    Emily Gretzinger
    Rachel Hodgson
    Jake Jacobson
    John Mulvihill
    Brett Wacha