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Business Partnership

2020 Business Partnership Award:
Capital Credit Union and Pillars

Joe Mauthe of Pillars, safe at home with his Celebrating Volunteers award.

This award recognizes a business and a nonprofit organization that promote volunteerism and collaboration between the organizations for the benefit of both. An award of $5,000 is presented to the recipients’ joint Fox Valley charity.

“Going back several years before the merger, Capital has been on board as a non-profit partner with what is now Pillars Adult & Family Shelter. Through this period of transition and growth, Capital has been an understanding, supportive partner that has helped us nurture community understanding of our new name, brand and mission. With its comprehensive understanding of homelessness through education of its employees, hands on volunteer involvement, financial support and awe-inspiring community awareness campaigns, Capital Credit Union has been a spectacular partner with Pillars in our quest to lead our community in finding innovative, effective solutions so experiences of homeless are rare and brief and everyone has a place to call home.” – Joe Mauthe, Pillars

“There is no such thing as a small act of kindness, especially for those who struggle. Support the homeless shelters.” – Lydia Lynch, Capital Credit Union

Award sponsor since 1998:

Who Qualifies?

A business and a nonprofit that partner to meet the criteria above. The organizations must have a presence and the benefit must be felt within Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca or northern Winnebago counties.

Nomination form


  • Nominations are evaluated based on the humanitarian value of the benefit, how many people are impacted, the degree of need in the community, how pure the effort is from commercial intentions, and the longevity of the partnership.
  • Employees of a business and a nonprofit volunteer outside of their normal job duties and collaborate to benefit both organizations.
  • Award can be earned for a single act of volunteerism or a number of volunteer efforts.
  • Nominations that have not been awarded the Business Partnership in the past take priority over past recipients.

Past recipients:

2019: Community First Credit Union Programs & Sexual Assault Crisis Center
2018: Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and McMAHON.
2017: United Way Fox Cities and Kimberly-Clark Corp.
2016: Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Bergstrom Automotive
2015: St. Joseph Food Program/Aerotek
2014: Feeding America/Associated Bank
2013: Theda Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin/Roosevelt Elementary School, Neenah
2012: West Business Services/Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs
2011: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans/ Salvation Army-Fox Cities
2010: Big Brothers Big Sisters/Fox Communities Credit Union
2009: Boldt Corp./YMCA
2008: Outlook Group/American Red Cross-Neenah-Menasha
2007: Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 400/Volunteer Center
2006: Affinity, ThedaCare/Fox Cities Community Health Center
2005: Kimberly-Clark Corp./Volunteer Center of East Central WI
2004: ThedaCare/Fox Cities Kurgan Sister Cities
2003: Community First Credit Union/ Appleton Area School District
2002: The Post-Crescent/Goodwill Industries
2001: Coldwell Banker-The Real Estate Group
2000: Aid Association for Lutherans
1999: Akrosil (International Paper)
1998: Community First Credit Union