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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.

Philly - Phil·ly \'filē\:  A fun abbreviation of philanthropy; a sixteen-year old tradition best served with beer.

The 2019 Call for Entries will open in June. Stay tuned!

2019 Presenting Sponsors


Annual Report
Newsletter or Magazine
Marketing Campaign
Identity Campaign
Informational Brochure

Special Event Invitation
Special Event Campaign
Fundraising Appeal
Short Video
Medium Video

Long Video
Social Media Campaign
Social Media Brand Management
Media Relations Campaign

Community Champions 2018

The Community Champion Award recognizes 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 the committee selected two winners based on their pro-bono work, company volunteerism and culture of community involvement. The winners receive the Community Champion recognition, as well as a complimentary membership with Nonprofit Connect to supercharge their agency’s community involvement in 2019.

VMLY&R Logo Nonprofit Connect Community Champion


VMLY&R was nominated by First Call for the extensive pro bono work done on their behalf. VMLY&R, known to most in KC as VML prior to their merger earlier this year, has been giving back to the community from their very beginnings in 1992. Last year their work with First Call received the Philly Awards Best in Show. They offer the full range of services to pro bono partners that includes branding, strategic consulting, design work, print and video production, PR support, social media management, and the list goes on and on. Their partners receive amazing support and services. In 2017 more than 50 nonprofit client partners received pro bono services. Additionally, financial gifts were made to more than 200 nonprofits through the VML Foundation.

Lynne Melcher Productions

Lynne Melcher Productions

Lynne Melcher was nominated by Operation Breakthrough for her video work in producing a film that illustrates the impact that Operation Breakthrough has on the countless children and families they serve in Kansas City. In nominating Lynne for this award they said she “understands the heartbeat of Operation Breakthrough in an irreplaceable way.” Over many years Lynne has “poured her heart into her art in an unmatched, selfless way.” Lynne herself says “From a creative standpoint it is my job to help nonprofits further their mission. Yet it is my passion to help them do so.”

Past Philly Award Winners

We've celebrated the Philly Awards for sixteen years. Browse the winning entries from past years.

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2018 Philly Awards Committee

Sheri Johnson, Chair
Emily Gretzinger
Rachel Hodgson
Jake Jacobson
Brett Wacha
Lauren Ziegler


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