BOOST! Prize Competition

Left:Independent news team; Right: Willmeng employees, family and friends at the Teal Trek Walk


The BOOST! Prize Competition provides an incentive for companies to develop and execute innovative philanthropy initiatives.

Bringing a BOOST! to corporate philanthropy programs

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy's second BOOST! Prize competition offered two prizes of $40,000 each to mid-size (100 to 750 employees), Arizona-based companies that are on their way to developing and executing innovative philanthropy initiatives, but needed a BOOST! to further enhance, grow or scale their efforts.

Selections were based on:

  • How the company’s philanthropy initiative is aligned with its core business.
  • How the company applies its resources to philanthropy, including employee time and skills, cash or in-kind product.
  • How company leadership is involved.
  • How the company supports philanthropy initiatives through its systems, incentives and policies.

A selection committee of community members and ACF staff reviewed applications and presented their recommendations to the leadership of the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy.

2018 BOOST! Prize Winners

The winners of the 2018 BOOST! Prize were announced at the Phoenix Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards event on October 25, 2018.

Arizona businesses Willmeng Construction, Inc. and Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA each stood out in their applications, demonstrating a strong, forward-thinking approach to corporate philanthropy.

Willmeng Construction, Inc.

Established in 1977, Willmeng Construction, Inc. is a locally owned and operated building contractor specializing in Arizona's ground-up and tenant improvement projects. In the last year, the company worked on 130 office and industrial projects in Arizona.  

Led by President & CEO James Murphy, Willmeng Construction, Inc. reflects three fundamental principles in its day-to-day operations: client service, community growth and service, and fostering an altruistic service culture. The company volunteers time and financially supports over 50 organizations throughout the Valley and works with its employees to ensure they are proactively engaging with the community.  

Willmeng Construction, Inc. will use the BOOST! Prize money to formalize its corporate giving program, structure a mentorship program for ASU alumni employees and ASU students who are looking to enter the construction workforce, and help employees identify local community projects requiring construction expertise.

Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA

Independent Newsmedia Inc. is a publishing and printing company that supports every American's First Amendment rights and encourages and assists citizens in exercising those rights responsibly. They pursue this mission by publishing community newspapers, providing printing services to other publishers, and creating citizen-driven community websites.

In Arizona, the company publishes a daily newspaper, five weekly and three monthly community newspapers, a monthly magazine, and operates five community websites and a commercial printing plant. Whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly, Independent Newsmedia Inc. reaches over 265,000 households in the Valley of the Sun.

In addition to their commitment to local journalism, its newspapers have long supported local charitable organizations. The BOOST! Prize money will be used to formalize Independent Newsmedia Inc.'s corporate philanthropy campaign to provide a minimum of $100,000 annually to local nonprofits, as well as implement processes to better track charitable impact in the community.