The NextUp Awards
Celebrating Chicagoland’s Youngest Volunteers

Date: March 12, 2019 6:00 pm

Across Chicagoland, driven, determined young people are looking beyond themselves. Through fundraising, philanthropy, volunteerism and activism, they are dedicating their time and talents to making a discernible difference in their communities. In doing so, they are setting an example for the entire region.

The NextUp Awards shines a light on these young change agents, the very best their generation has to offer.

The program awards scholarships to individuals 18 years of age or younger who have shown a transformative commitment to their communities – through fundraising, direct financial support, the development of charitable programs, volunteering, leadership and philanthropy.

Blood Science Foundation will recognize the winners at The NextUp Awards Celebration at the Art Institute of Chicago on March 12, 2019.

Nomination Form  Sponsorship Info & Event Tickets

How it Works

  • Nominees must be 18 years of age or younger on the submission due date (January 15, 2019). You can nominate yourself or someone else for The NextUp Awards.
  • Nominees must reside in one of the following Vitalant service area counties in Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will.
  • A nominee’s charitable or philanthropic activity is only eligible if it has been conducted between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018.
  • Nominees will be judged in three separate age groups:
      • Under 12
      • Ages 13 to 15
      • Ages 16 to 18
  • A committee chosen by Blood Science Foundation will select three finalists from each of the age categories. Each finalist and two guests will be invited to attend The NextUp Awards Celebration (March 12, 2019 at the Art Institute of Chicago), where the winners in each category will be announced.
  • Each winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship. 

Judging Criteria

Judges will review and score submissions based on the following:

  • The philanthropic effort’s direct impact on the community
  • Long-term/ongoing outcomes of the philanthropic effort
  • Whether the project can serve as a prototype for other communities

Deadline

The deadline to submit nomination forms online is January 15, 2019 (form below). 

 

Sponsorship Levels

Diamond Sponsor: $27,500

  • Logo/name featured on all three awards presented
  • Opportunity to offer brief remarks during the award presentation
  • Opportunity to participate in the committee that selects the winners from each age group
  • Most prominent logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post event collateral materials
  • Mentioned in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with prominent logo placement if applicable
  • Most prominent logo placements on event signage and slideshow
  • Prominent ad in event program
  • Sixteen tickets to the event
  • Table signage (if seats are assigned)
  • Recognition and two invitations to other local events for one year 
  • Logo featured on the website for one year

Platinum Sponsor: $10,000

  • Logo/name featured on one of the awards presented 
  • Opportunity to participate in the committee that selects the winners from each age group
  • Most prominent logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials 
  • Mentioned in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with prominent logo placement if applicable 
  • Most prominent logo placement on event signage and slideshow
  • Acknowledgment by co-chair during the event 
  • Prominent ad in event program
  • Ten tickets to the event 
  • Table signage (if seats are assigned) 
  • Recognition and invitation to other local events for one year
  • Logo featured on the website for one year

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

  • Prominent logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials
  • Mentioned in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters and social media with logo placement if applicable 
  • Logo placement on event signage and slideshow
  • Eight tickets to the event 
  • Table signage (if seats are assigned)
  • Recognition and invitation to other local events for one year
  • Logo featured on the website for one year

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

  • Logo and name placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials 
  • Mentioned in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media
  • Logo and placement on event signage and slideshow 
  • Six tickets to the event
  • Recognition and invitation to other local events for one year
  • Logo featured on the website for one year

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

  • Name and placement in all pre-, during and post-event collateral materials 
  • Mentioned in pre- and post-event news releases, e-newsletters, and social media
  • Logo placement on event signage
  • Name mentioned in slideshow and presentation 
  • Two tickets to the event 
  • Logo featured on the website for six months 

Questions

Contact Shelley Miscampbell at smiscampbell@bloodsciencefoundation.org or 847-260-2920.