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25th Annual

MANDI Awards

August 15, 2024

The 25th Annual MANDI Awards, presented by US Bank will be held at the Baird Center on August 15th, 2024 


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Click on any award for more information and to learn more!


Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Community Health Award

Acknowledges an organization working to eliminate health disparities through systems change.

2023 Award Winner:

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers


Associated Bank Trailblazer Award

Honors an innovative approach to a problem that is producing demonstrative results.

2023 Award Winner:

The Ability Center


BMO Cornerstone Award

Honors an organization or program with a long- standing commitment to a neighborhood and demonstrated effectiveness over time.

2023 Award Winner:

ACTS Housing


Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award

Honors the use of public space that contributes to the overall well-being of the community.

2023 Award Winner:

Burnham Playfield Renovation


JPMorgan Chase Economic Development Award

Honors outstanding programs that stimulate economic and business development on a neighborhood scale.

2023 Award Winner:

Scale Up Milwaukee's SPARC Program


Husch Blackwell Building Blocks Award

Honors a real estate project that contributes significantly to the enhancement of the community.

2023 Award Winner:

Westlawn Renaissance IV and VI


Navigator Award

Honors an individual demonstrating leadership and collaboration for change.

2023 Award Winner:

Coretta Herring

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development  Innovation 


Presented by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) recognize excellence in community development. 

2024 is the MANDIs 25th year and we are so looking forward to making this our biggest year yet!


Finalists and winners are selected by an independent, cross-sector volunteer selection committee. The committee reviews nominations and selects two finalists in each of seven categories. 


The categories include The BMO Cornerstone Award, Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award, Husch Blackwell Building Blocks Award, Associated Bank Trailblazer Award, JP Morgan Chase Economic Development Award, Advancing A Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Community Health Award, The Navigator Award, and the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award.

Nominations for the 2024 MANDI Awards will be open from March 18th - April 18th, 2024 right here on

The 2024 MANDI Application window is now closed!

If you are interested in serving on the MANDI Awards selection committee, please complete the form here. Questions about the selection committee can be directed to Dionne Grayson directly via email

The 2024 MANDI Awards Event will be held at The Baird Center on August 15th, 2024.

Corporate and non-profit table sponsorships are still available.

The MANDI'S are sponsored by U.S. Bank, in partnership with LISC Milwaukee.


Your questions, answered


  • What are the MANDIs?
    The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) pay tribute to the people and organizations working tirelessly to make the city of Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow. The MANDIs were introduced by LISC Milwaukee in 1999 to acknowledge and promote the accomplishments of the community development industry in the city of Milwaukee. The MANDI ceremony highlights a variety of community work with video profiles of each MANDI finalist. Two (2) finalists* are selected in each award category and announced prior to the event. The winner in each category will be announced live at the MANDI's on August 15th, 2024. Take a look at our 2023 MANDI Awards Below!
  • Who or what is eligible?
    All individuals, organizations, and projects seeking nomination must be located or operate a program or project in the city of Milwaukee and the beneficiaries of the project/program/person must be low to moderate income neighborhoods within the city of Milwaukee (see individual award criteria). Former MANDI finalists or nominees are eligible to apply; however, they must showcase a new or different aspect of their work in the nomination. Nominations will be accepted through 12:00 p.m. on April 23rd, 2024. All nominations must be received via the nomination website by 12:00 p.m., April 23rd, 2024. Nominations that are hand-delivered, mailed or emailed will not be accepted
  • Who can nominate?
    Individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and projects can be nominated by a third party or self-nominate. Nominators are strongly encouraged to work with the nominee or self-nominate to ensure that the application is the best representation of current and past work.
  • How are the finalists selected?
    The finalist selection is a two-part process: 1. All nominations are reviewed by an independent MANDI Review Committee based on the criteria. The MANDI Review Committee is a volunteer committee comprised of representatives from community development that include: financial institutions, foundations, real estate development, for-profit organizations, education facilities, the arts, media outlets and County and City government. Nominations that receive a score higher than the threshold determined by the MANDI Review Committee will move on to the Finalist Selection round. 2. Nominations that pass the Nomination Review round are reviewed by an independent MANDI Jury based on the criteria. The MANDI Jury is a second volunteer committee comprised of representatives from community development. Two (2) finalists* in each award category will be selected by the MANDI Jury in each category. In May 2024, finalists will be contacted to schedule a virtual site visit by the MANDI Jury during the week of June 24th, 2024. Take a look at last year's finalist announcement below
  • How are the finalists and winners selected?
    One winner among the finalists in each category will be selected by the MANDI Jury after all site visits are completed. Winners will be announced at the MANDI ceremony on Thursday, August 15th, 2024 at The Baird Center.
  • How are the finalists and winners promoted?
    Each finalist is highlighted in a two-minute video aired during the awards ceremony. These video profiles are posted on YouTube and after the event, and given to finalists for their own usage. Local media typically cover the event and publish the names of finalists and winners. *Important information regarding finalist selection: All finalists are required to participate in an in-person interview and site visit the week of June 24th, 2024 and provide material that will be used to produce the two minute video. MANDI Selection Staff will send preparation materials, scheduling options, etc. about site visits in advance of visits.
  • What do finalists receive?
    Each finalist receives a professionally produced two-minute video highlighting their work, and a personalized award plaque.
  • What do winners receive?
    In addition to the benefits received by all finalists, winners receive a $1,000 contribution to keep or donate as they wish. Winners will also be asked to make 1 minute of remarks at event after their award is announced.
  • Nomination & Finalist Questions?
    Please email

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