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Every nominee will be evaluated solely upon the nomination form that is submitted. Our selection committee is comprised of Tampa Bay business leaders and RiSE Awards past honorees. The answers to each of the questions on the nomination form will be assigned a point value based upon the following:

  • Nomination directly demonstrates Compassion, Courage or Commitment.
  • Depth and breadth of philanthropic impact.
  • Number of awards and honors.
  • Amount of investment in the community, which should be offered in measurable terms (ie. hours, dollars, jobs created, etc.) as they would apply to each category.
  • Additional information that is relevant, but perhaps not directly addressed by one of the questions on the nomination form.

The highest scoring nominations from each category will be selected as the honorees. Due to the number of extraordinary submissions, it is critical to the selection committee that you provide all relevant material that addresses why you are making this nomination. Thank you for your nomination, your time, and your investment in our community.

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The Rise Award for Courage will be presented to an individual who has displayed perseverance, determination and courage to overcome personal challenges and adversity and most importantly, now serves as a role model to give hope and inspiration to others.


The Rise Award for Compassion will be presented to an individual who’s unselfish, compassionate and dedicated service has made a significant difference in our community. The award recipient inspires and motivates others through advocacy, leadership roles and mobilizing efforts towards a cause.


The Rise Award for Commitment will be presented to a small business and corporation that demonstrates outstanding community commitment through executive/employee involvement, financial support, and volunteerism. By their example, the award recipients inspire and motivate other businesses to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community service.

Two Categories for the Commitment Award
Corporation of the Year for Community Commitment

Headquartered in Tampa Bay, the company must have 100+ total employees, but can have fewer than 100 local employees.

Small Business of the Year for Community Commitment

Headquartered in Tampa Bay with fewer than 100 employees

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