CyberGrants Announces 2019 Ovation Winners

Jul 02, 2019 - Jennifer Knutel

Corporate Social Responsibility Software Leader Recognizes Clients Patagonia, Pfizer, and Wells Fargo

At the Social Impact Leadership Conference in Nashville last week we recognized three organizations for their contributions and deep commitment to philanthropic excellence, vision, and inspirational social impact. We are honored to announce this years’ recipients of our Ovation Award to Patagonia, Pfizer compassionate access program PfizerCAReS, and Wells Fargo.

Ovation Award winners are selected for their philanthropic leadership, dedication to innovation, and use of technology to quickly deliver Agile Social Impact - efficiently and securely. While this years’ winners come from different industries and execute a variety of giving programs, they all share the same commitment to corporate social responsibility. Each are celebrated for creating innovative programming and solutions that break new ground in the industry and demonstrate leadership for other corporations and foundations.

“CyberGrants is privileged to work with hundreds of the most generous organization on the planet, including over half of the Fortune 100. The positive impact this group has on the greater good is truly incredible,” noted Mark Layden, CyberGrants chief executive officer. “Every year, it’s a thrill and an honor to recognize a few of our clients whose efforts to achieve social impact are consistently leading the industry with the CyberGrants ‘Ovation’ award."

Award recipient Patagonia, a business started by a passionate group of climbers and surfers, is “in business to save our home planet,” and works tirelessly to incorporate sustainability into all of its business practices. As activists, Patagonia’s corporate leaders and employees are committed to making an environmental impact by using its voice, employee’s time, services and at least 1 percent of its sales to support hundreds of grassroots organizations all over the world so that they can remain vigilant and protect what’s irreplaceable.

“Patagonia is honored to receive this award,” said Lisa Myers, senior manager of environmental grants at Patagonia. “Partnering with CyberGrants has allowed us to efficiently facilitate our grants programs so our team can focus our attention on finding ways to better support environmental organizations working on the frontlines of the environmental crisis.”

Pfizer has won for its innovative use of CyberGrants technology to support the PfizerCAReS compassionate access program. PfizerCAReS is a solution to the complex and evolving area of compassionate use and an important demonstration of Pfizer’s commitment to helping patients in challenging circumstances.

“Pfizer has been working with CyberGrants since 2013 to support our medical grants system. We were able to identify an opportunity for CyberGrants to build and launch a custom platform supporting our global integrated process and create a single point of contact for compassionate access requests, no matter where in the world they originate and from whom,” said Grace Fattal, team lead for Pfizer Compassionate Access, Pfizer Inc.

Award recipient Wells Fargo, the world’s fourth largest bank, focuses on philanthropic activities that create long-term, strategic relationships with nonprofits and other organizations. They have developed innovative solutions to meet local and national needs by providing monetary support and volunteers to nonprofit organizations and causes.

“The CyberGrants client base is a close knit community and we all benefit from connecting with each other. We truly appreciate this community and are so pleased to be recognized as leaders within this prestigious group,” said Lynne Walters, Wells Fargo senior vice president and head of strategic operations, corporate philanthropy and community relations.

Giving their time, passion, and expertise, each of our winners are trailblazers in their respective industries and leverage CyberGrants for multiple initiatives including matching gifts, disaster relief, volunteering, grants, community partnerships, and more. These leaders understand the need for agile philanthropy and embrace the positive impact it can have on their brands, employees, and the community. “Regardless of the forms their philanthropy takes, they know they can count on CyberGrants to support their efforts,” said Jeff Summers, CyberGrants chief sales and marketing officer.

In 2018, CyberGrants presented the “Ovation Award” to the Aetna Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

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