No one could have predicted the many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic, and the related health and economic challenges it created, would impact the lives of millions of individuals and families—particularly those living in underserved and vulnerable communities across America. As hundreds of thousands of Americans were suddenly confronted with food insecurity, lost wages, domestic violence, homelessness, and limited access to childcare and healthcare, nonprofit organizations stepped up more than ever to meet these and other pressing needs—all the while, responding to a health crisis that continues to affect so many Americans.
I am in awe of these organizations and the frontline workers who are meeting the moment and serving their communities by creating a healthier, more equitable future for all. On behalf of everyone at Mutual of America, thank you for your tireless dedication and the strength and inspiration you provide.
When Mutual of America created the Community Partnership Award in 1996, our goal was to recognize and support nonprofit organizations that, in collaboration with partners from the public and private sectors, have created unique, innovative and effective solutions to help those individuals and families most in need in our local communities. Now in its 26th year, the Community Partnership Award has become one of the most prestigious and coveted national awards in the country.
During this time, Thomas Gilliam, Chairman and CEO of the Mutual of America Foundation, played a pivotal role in spotlighting groundbreaking nonprofit organizations and the work they do to foster community engagement for a brighter collective future. His personal commitment to corporate philanthropy, and to supporting nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions, aligned perfectly with Mutual of America’s deep culture of caring and its commitment to making a meaningful difference in the communities where we live and work.
Thomas retired in August, after more than 50 years of service to Mutual of America. We are grateful for his remarkable dedication and contributions, including his leadership of the Community Partnership Award since its inception.
Speaking of which, as you’ll see on the pages that follow, this year’s five exceptional award-winning programs embody the spirit of collaboration in how they are working with public and private partners to accelerate their impact. In doing so, they are building stronger, more resilient communities, transforming lives and changing the world around them.
As we look forward to a healthier future together, Mutual of America is proud to support and help extend the reach of these vital organizations through the 2021 Community Partnership Award.
John R. Greed
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mutual of America Financial Group