Previous Finalists

2017 Finalists

First Place Recipient: NextStep Orlando

NextStep Orlando provides specialized exercise-based recovery programs for those living with spinal cord injuries, giving them the opportunity to achieve their greatest recovery potential.

Second Place Recipient: Lighthouse Central Florida

Through teaching, training and caring, Lighthouse Central Florida gives people with sight impairment the skills they need to live independently and increase their quality of life.

Third Place Recipient: Florida Abolitionist

The aim of Florida Abolitionist is to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking in Orlando by networking and facilitating preventative and restorative solutions.


Page 15

Through a unique approach to reading and writing, Page 15 empowers students to explore their creativity and write their own future.

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando educates, shelters, places and heals pets and their families with compassionate, responsible care maintained to the highest professional standards.

The Arbor School of Central Florida

The Arbor School of Central Florida’s mission is to provide a customized therapeutic and educational experience for special needs students ages 5-22 to help each child achieve their full potential.

The Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion’s mission is to be the Jewish connection for elder-care residents, enhancing their lives with friendly visits, holiday celebrations and engaging programs.

Hope CommUnity Center

Hope CommUnity Center is dedicated to empowering Central Florida's immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth.

Freedom Ride

Freedom Ride provides therapeutic horseback riding for adults and children with disabilities such as spina bifida, autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and learning and developmental disabilities, among others.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

The Orlando Philharmonic seeks to be the wellspring of music in Central Florida, nourishing the soul of the community with music that speaks to, and sometimes for, each person.

2016 Finalists

First Place Recipient: Kids House of Seminole

The mission of Kids House of Seminole is to prevent child abuse and to aid child abuse victims and families by providing coordinated services in a safe, child-friendly environment from report and investigation through treatment and resolution.

Second Place Recipient: The Faine House

The mission of The Faine House is to change the path of an at-risk young adult through education, housing and transportation, employment, health and wellness and personal finance.

Third Place Recipient: City Year Orlando

City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship.


The Orlando Fringe

The mission of the Orlando Fringe is to provide an accessible, affordable outlet that draws diverse elements of the community together and inspires creative excellence through the arts.

Adult Literacy League

The Adult Literacy League educates adults to become self-sufficient members of society, and we advocate on behalf of adult and family literacy.

Central Florida Community Arts

Central Florida Community Arts exists to build and serve the community through the arts.

Seniors First

Seniors First's mission is to enhance the quality of life for Central Florida seniors by maintaining their independence and dignity.

Agua Viva Serves

Agua Viva Serves, Inc. is an international partnership with local communities to improve the lives of Central Americans through the development of clean water systems and healthy living conditions.

Seminole County Legal Aid

Seminole County Legal Aid Society's mission is to provide free quality legal advocacy to Seminole County's economically disadvantaged persons to improve their quality of life and enhance their self-sufficiency.

Christian Help

The mission of Christian HELP Employment and Resource Center is to prevent homelessness by helping people find jobs while providing for them materially and spiritually.