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Invest in Others Awards

The Invest in Others Awards program recognizes financial advisors who are making a difference with charities across the country and around the world.

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2023 IiO Awards Gala Recap

2023 IiO Awards Gala Program

About the IiO Awards

The Invest in Others  Awards recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors. Applications are evaluated based on an advisor’s leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration and impact on a nonprofit and the community it serves. Three finalists are selected in each of the five categories with one winner being chosen for each award.

Award finalists and winners will receive donations from Invest in Others for their designated charities:

  • Honorable mentions will receive $2,000
  • Finalists in all five categories will receive $25,000
  • Recipients in the Catalyst, Community Service, Emerging Impact, and Volunteer of the Year categories will receive $60,000
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will receive $100,000

*You will be redirected to our application portal login page. If you have previously applied for an IiO program, please use your prior login information. Click here for more details about the nomination process

When are 2024 finalists and recipients announced?

The five recipients (one in each award category) will be announced at the Invest in Others Awards Gala on Thursday, September 19th in Boston. This news will also be shared on Friday, September 20th through Invest in Others’ email distribution list, social media, and a press release.

Invest in Others will work with the finalists and winners around each announcement to maximize the publicity for this honor.

Key Dates

About the IiO Awards

The Invest in Others  Awards recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors in communities across the country and around the world. Applications are evaluated based on an advisor’s leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration and impact on a nonprofit and the community it serves. Three finalists are selected in each of the five categories with one winner being chosen for each award.

Award finalists and winners will receive donations from Invest in Others for their designated charities:

  • Finalists in all five categories will receive $25,000
  • Winners in the Catalyst, Community Service, Emerging Impact, and Volunteer of the Year categories will receive $60,000
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award winner will receive $100,000

Nominations are a two-part process. The nomination form (part 1) asks for contact information to help us verify eligibility. If the advisor meets our eligibility criteria, they will be invited to complete the application form (part 2) in order to be considered for an award.

Anyone can submit a nomination. Advisors may also nominate themselves. There is no limit to the number of advisors one person can nominate. However, multiple nominations per advisor will not increase their chances of being selected.  If an advisor is nominated by multiple individuals for the same nonprofit organization, the advisor will only be invited to complete one application.

Nominators will be asked to create an account. Account creation will allow for proper tracking as well as provide the nominator access to revisit or edit information before submitting. Completing the nomination as soon as possible will ensure the advisor has enough time to complete the application.

When are finalists and winners announced?

The fifteen finalists (three in each award category) will be announced on Monday, July 17th through Invest in Others’ email distribution list, social media, and a press release.

The five winners (one in each award category) will be announced at the Invest in Others Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 20th in Boston. This news will also be shared on Thursday, September 21st through Invest in Others’ email distribution list, social media, and a press release.

Invest in Others will work with the finalists and winners around each announcement to maximize the publicity for this honor.

Key Dates

Nominations Closed April 5, 2023
Applications Closed April 21, 2023
Winners Announced September 20, 2023

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Agenda

Thursday, September 29, 2022

12:00–1:30pm

Invest in Others Honoree Luncheon

Business Casual Attire

Board members & 2020–2022 finalists / winners

Invest in Others Awards Gala

Cocktail Attire / Business Professional

5:30pm VIP Toast Board members & 2020–2022 finalists / winners
5:45pm All Attendee Cocktail Reception All registered guests
7:00pm Dinner and Awards Program All registered guests
Post-Gala Gathering All registered guests

Friday, September 30, 2022

8:30–9:30am

Invest in Others Finalist Breakfast with IiO Board Members

Business Casual Attire

Board members & 2022 finalists / winners

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Why Nominate?

No one wins without first being nominated. Apply for yourself of another advisor. Nominations open February 13, 2023.

Award Categories

Catalyst badge

Catalyst

Presented to an advisor who has been an active stimulus for positive change and displayed entrepreneurial vision and leadership to a nonprofit organization for at least 3 years. This may involve rejuvenating an organization from failing to thriving, or helping to launch a new nonprofit organization.

Community Service badge

Community Service

Presented to an advisor who has made an outstanding impact on a community through leadership contributions to a nonprofit organization for at least 3 years. He or she has not only contributed to the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit, but also has an established record of motivating and inspiring others. This includes serving with distinction as a fundraiser, board member, or other executive position.

Emerging Impact badge

Emerging Impact

Presented to an advisor 45 years of age or younger who is making a mark in their community through their outstanding commitment of time, talent, and resources to a nonprofit over a period of at least 3 years, demonstrating exceptional promise in what they have already contributed and paving the way for the future.

Volunteer of the Year badge

Volunteer of the Year

Presented to an advisor for significant impact on a nonprofit as a volunteer of at least 3 years by working hands-on and giving of their time, talent, and energy to make a lasting impact on the organization, those it serves, and the community at large.

Lifetime Achievement badge

Lifetime Achievement

Presented to an advisor who has made a profound contribution to a non-profit organization through an established history of distinguished service, where he or she exhibited leadership, provided inspiration, and gained recognition and respect from peers and the community over a period of at least 20 years, helping the organization evolve and creating a lasting impact on the future of the organization.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be currently working as:
    • registered representatives (i.e. Series 7)
    • registered investment advisors, or
    • financial advisors with a professional certification (please refer to FINRA’s list of designations for examples).
  • Nominees must have worked in this capacity for at least three years.
  • Nominees must be active financial advisors, defined by spending at least 75% of their time providing financial consultation with clients (households or organizations).
  • Volunteer involvement with the nonprofit organization must be current and ongoing for at least three years.
  • Nonprofits must be U.S.-based organizations and educational institutions with tax-exempt status granted under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Nonprofits doing work in other countries are eligible as long as they meet these criteria.
  • Advisors who were previously recognized as a finalist or winner can be nominated after seven years from the award date for the same charity. There is no limit to the number of times an advisor may be nominated if they have not previously been selected as an award honoree.

IiO Award Finalists

Catalyst badge

Catalyst

Presented to an advisor who has been an active stimulus for positive change and displayed entrepreneurial vision and leadership to a nonprofit organization for at least 3 years. This may involve rejuvenating an organization from failing to thriving, or helping to launch a new nonprofit organization.

  • Jared Brancazio of Brancazio Wealth Management of Raymond James in Fort Myers, Fla., for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer
  • Brady Murray of Capstone Partners in Highland, Utah, for RODS Heroes
  • Ryan Smith of Mosaic Wealth Consulting in Erie, Pa., for Grady’s Decision

Community Service badge

Community Service

Presented to an advisor who has made an outstanding impact on a community through leadership contributions to a nonprofit organization for at least 3 years. He or she has not only contributed to the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit, but also has an established record of motivating and inspiring others. This includes serving with distinction as a fundraiser, board member, or other executive position.

  • John Garvey of UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Conshohocken, Pa., for Community Volunteers in Medicine
  • Cristen Morgan of Lake Norman Financial Group, Inc. in Cornelius, N.C., for Hope House Foundation
  • Wendy Spinner of UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Los Angeles, Calif., for Fulfillment Fund

Emerging Impact badge

Emerging Impact

Presented to an advisor 45 years of age or younger who is making a mark in their community through their outstanding commitment of time, talent, and resources to a nonprofit over a period of at least 3 years, demonstrating exceptional promise in what they have already contributed and paving the way for the future.

  • Gina Brewer of Goldman Sachs in Memphis, Tenn., for Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis
  • Anasuya Kabad Meyer of Jaykay Wealth Advisors in Houston, Texas, for Daya Inc.
  • Aaron Sherman of Odyssey Group Wealth Advisors in Lancaster, Pa., for Lancaster Public Library

Lifetime Achievement badge

Lifetime Achievement

Presented to an advisor who has made a profound contribution to a non-profit organization through an established history of distinguished service, where he or she exhibited leadership, provided inspiration, and gained recognition and respect from peers and the community over a period of at least 20 years, helping the organization evolve and creating a lasting impact on the future of the organization.

  • Stacy Francis of Francis Financial, Inc. in New York, N.Y., for Savvy Ladies
  • Paul Martel of YHB Investment Advisors in West Hartford, Conn., for Partners for Andean Community Health Inc.
  • Raj Sharma of The Sharma Group, Merrill Private Wealth Management in Boston, Mass., for American India Foundation

Volunteer of the Year badge

Volunteer of the Year

Presented to an advisor who has made a significant impact on a nonprofit as a volunteer of at least 3 years by working hands-on and giving of their time, talent, and energy to make a lasting impact on the organization, those it serves, and the community at large.

  • Carl Bailey of Bailey & Beatty Financial Services, LLC in Danbury, Conn., for Danbury Grassroots Academy
  • Todd Johnson of Provision Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial, in New Brighton, Minn., for Homes of Hope International
  • Elliot Kallen of Prosperity Financial Group, Inc. in San Ramon, Calif., for A Brighter Day

Honorable Mentions

Invest in Others receives hundreds of worthy award nominations each year. Narrowing down the decision to just three finalists is extremely challenging for our judges as all of our nominees give back to others in meaningful ways. We are pleased to recognize an additional sixty advisors as honorable mentions for the tremendous contributions they are making in their communities.

Each honorable mention recipient received a $1,500 donation from Invest in Others to the nonprofits they were recognized for.

View our 2023 Honorable Mentions

Nomination FAQs

Who can nominate an advisor?

Anyone can nominate an advisor by sharing their contact information, the advisor’s contact information, and basic information about the nonprofit. Advisors may also self-nominate.

Can a financial advisor be nominated for multiple charities?

No. If we receive nominations for one advisor and multiple nonprofits, the advisor will be asked to select only one nonprofit to complete an application for.

Will multiple nominations increase the advisor’s chance of being selected?

No, multiple nominations will NOT increase an advisor’s chance of being selected as a finalist. If an advisor is nominated by multiple individuals for the same nonprofit organization, the advisor will only be invited to complete one application.

How frequently can an advisor be nominated and/or win?

Past Winners

    • Advisors who have previously won an IiO Award category are only eligible to be nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award. It must be at least seven years from the original award date and they must meet the award criteria. For the 2024 awards cycle, winners from 2017 and earlier are eligible.
    • Advisors who have previously won the Lifetime Achievement Category may not reapply.

Past Finalists

    • Past finalists (not winners) are eligible to apply again for the same charity after seven years. For the 2024 awards cycle, finalists from 2017 and earlier are eligible.
    • Past finalists may apply for a different award category through a different charity at any time.

Past Honorable Mentions

    • Advisors who were recognized as Honorable Mentions may reapply for the same charity at any time.

What information do I need for the nomination?

You will be required to provide your contact information, the contact information for the advisor you’re nominating (including their personal FINRA/SEC CRD and broker-dealer/custodian), and the contact information for the nonprofit (including a contact name, email, and the organization’s tax ID). More details about nomination requirements.

How are winners selected?

An unbiased third party reviews all completed applications. The top 10 nominations per category are forwarded as “blind” nominations (the nominee’s name, firm name, and broker-dealer/custodian are removed) to a judging committee of industry professionals. The judging committee selects three finalists (including one winner) in each category. Nominees’ entry information will not be given to anyone outside of Invest in Others and the judging committee will receive only the information necessary to evaluate the candidate.

By what criteria are the nominations judged?

Finalists will be selected based on their accomplishments and impact on the nonprofit and community it serves.

Criteria include:

    • Dedication: Did the advisor volunteer significant personal time and actively work with nonprofit staff and/or members of the community and/or those served by the nonprofit? Consider hours volunteered per month and the number of years the advisor has been involved with the organization.
    • Contribution: Did the advisor “give” or “get” funds to support the nonprofit? Consider personal donations and funds raised through the advisor’s efforts.
    • Leadership: Did the advisor start the program, initiative or organization? Are they currently in an influential leadership position? In the positions they’ve held, did they contribute to the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit?
    • Inspiration: How compelling is the nominee’s story? Did they motivate others to volunteer?
    • Impact: Did the nominee make a significant impact on the nonprofit and community?

Can I choose a different charity to receive the financial award from the one the advisor is being nominated for?

The charitable organization in the nomination application will be the organization receiving the donation (if selected). Only qualified nonprofit organizations and educational institutions with tax-exempt status granted under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) are eligible to receive award donations.

 

Technical/Application System FAQs

Helpful Tips:
Add mail@grantapplication.com to your address book or safe senders list so you will receive all updates regarding the nomination.
Your username is the email address that this message has been sent to.

Is there a document version of the nomination form?
All nominations must be submitted through our nomination portal. Click here to download a pdf reference version of the nomination form.

How do I reset my password?

To reset your password, try following these steps:

  1. Click on the following link: https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_5978?SA=AM
  2. Click on forgot password button
  3. Enter your email
  4. You will receive an email with a temporary password
  5. Copy that temporary password, and then click on the link within the email, enter your email and paste the temp password
  6. Click log in
  7. It will ask you to re-enter the Current Password – re paste the temporary one in that first field
  8. In the next two fields, you will enter a new one that you want to use. You will be asked to enter twice
  9. From there, you should be able to log in

If you do not get a temporary password emailed to you, please check your spam folder.

If the problem persists after resetting your password, please email info@investinothers.org.

How do I access previously saved nominations/applications?

Please use the following link to access saved applications.

How do I transfer the application to a different user?

The nominations system only allows one user account to access the application at a time. If you would like another user to complete part of the application, you can transfer it to them following these instructions.

I have not received confirmation that I’ve registered an account and cannot log into the system. What can I do?

A small handful of organizations (such as UBS) have certain websites and emails firewalled. Please work with your organization’s IT team to clear all emails coming from mail@grantapplication.com and info@investinothers.org. If you are still unable to access the nomination form, please use an alternative email address.

 

2024 Award Sponsors

Bronze – $10,000+

Corebridge Financial (formerly AIG)

MarketCounsel

Sanctuary Wealth

Select Sector SPDRs

SS&C Alps Advisors

Transamerica Capital, Inc.

TriState Capital Bank

*Giving levels reflect contributions and commitments received as of February 29, 2024.

Marketing and Media Partners

AdvisorHub

Financial Advisor Magazine

JConnelly

ThinkAdvisor

Wealth Solutions Report

*Media partners have provided in-kind marketing, media support and resources.

Diamond Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors


Gold

  • Allianz
  • American Century Investments
  • Ameriprise
  • AssetMark, Inc.
  • Blackrock
  • Blackstone Group
  • BNY Mellon | Pershing
  • CAIS
  • Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
  • Capital Group
  • Envestnet
  • Franklin Templeton
  • FS Investments
  • MarketCounsel
  • MassMutual
  • Moody’s Analytics, Inc.
  • Nuveen Investments
  • Orion Advisor Solutions
  • PIMCO
  • Putnam Investments
  • Raymond James
  • Sammons Institutional Group
  • State Street Alpha | CRD
  • State Street Global Advisors
  • T. Rowe Price
  • UBS

Silver

  • Clark Capital Management
  • Corebridge Financial
  • Lincoln Financial Distributors
  • New York Life
  • Sanctuary Wealth

Bronze

  • Advisor 360°
  • Advisor Asset Management
  • Charles Schwab
  • Columbia Threadneedle
  • iCapital
  • Impax Asset Management
  • Invesco
  • Norima Consulting
  • SEI
  • Transamerica

Honoree Luncheon

  • Thrivent Advisor Network

Cocktail Reception

  • Nitrogen

Photo Backdrop

  • BetaNXT

After Party

  • Financial Planning
  • SS&C Alps Advisors

Finalist Breakfast

  • Lord Abbett