The annual LIVE UNITED Awards recognize individuals and organizations in central Iowa who are making a huge impact, improving lives through their exceptional efforts giving, advocating, and volunteering for those in our community who need help.

Winners are honored in front of over 800 business, nonprofit, and community leaders during United Way of Central Iowa's largest annual event, the LIVE UNITED Luncheon. They are also featured in local media, on social media, and are presented with a beautiful award to display year-round!

You may nominate your organization, your friends or co-workers, or even yourself for as many awards as you like. Note that to be eligible for the Spirit of Central Iowa award, your organization must be nominated in all three organization categories.


Wednesday, April 24
11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
Program begins at 11:30
The Meadows Events & Conference Center
1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona, IA



To nominate a person or organization for one or more of the LIVE UNITED Awards listed below, please click the appropriate button.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on January 15, 2019.


These awards honor three organizations for their dedication, innovation and success in GIVING through the 2018 United Way campaign.

3 organization awards by size




These awards honor organizations and an individual that has shown determination and tenacity working toward solutions through ADVOCACY for a specific issue or cause that relates to the community goals for 2020.

3 organization awards by size and 1 individual award

Organization IMPACT-MAKER Award

 Individual IMPACT-MAKER Award 


These awards honor organizations and an individual whose service and dedication to United Way through VOLUNTEERING in central Iowa are helping to transform our community and tackle our most daunting challenges.

3 organization awards by size and 1 individual award

Organization HAND-RAISER Award

Individual HAND-RAISER Award


This award recognizes one person who went above and beyond to make their United Way GIVING campaign successful. This award focuses on the “boots-on-the-ground" individuals (think Employee Campaign Chairs and other campaign volunteers.)

1 individual award



The SPIRIT of CENTRAL IOWA Award honors the one organization that through giving, advocating, and volunteering—has shown an exceptional level of dedication to helping attain the community goals and impact work of United Way of Central Iowa.

To qualify for the SPIRIT of CENTRAL IOWA Award, organizations must submit organizational nominations for all three categories of GAME-CHANGER, IMPACT-MAKER, and HAND-RAISER.

1 Organization Award


If you have questions about the nomination process for the LIVE UNITED Awards, please contact United Way of Central Iowa's Sarah Welch.