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 central Iowa business, nonprofit, and community leaders during United Way of Central Iowa's largest annual event, the LIVE UNITED Celebration. 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.


LIVE UNITED Celebration
Monday, May 9
11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Program begins at 11:30
The Meadows Events & Conference Center
event may be held virtually
depending on status of COVID-19 pandemic

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

(Click here to see an example of a winning nomination from last year.)


These awards honor an individual and three organizations for their dedication, innovation and success in GIVING through the 2021 United Way campaign.

3 organization awards by size and 1 individual award

Organization GAME-CHANGER Award

Individual GAME-CHANGER Award


These awards honor an individual and three organizations that have shown determination and tenacity working toward solutions for a specific issue or cause that relates to the 5 elements of a Thriving Community.

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


The SPIRIT of CENTRAL IOWA Award honors the one organization that has shown an exceptional level of dedication to helping impact the 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-CHANGERIMPACT-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 Andy TeBockhorst.