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The ICSC Foundation Community Support Award program was created to encourage and recognize outstanding community support and corporate social responsibility campaigns by shopping centres or shopping centre development or management companies.

The winner will be recognized by ICSC and the industry as a leader committed to social responsibly. To commemorate this honor, the recipient receives a crystal award. More importantly, the philanthropic cause the centre or company’s program supported will receive a $5,000 USD donation from the ICSC Foundation.

The Canadian Community Support Award winner, along with the winners of other international community support awards, will automatically be entered into a global competition for the Albert Sussman International Community Support Award.

Who Should Enter
We welcome all entries by a recognized shopping centre, shopping centre owner, developer or management company.

Dual Submissions with ICSC’s Global Awards-Cause Related Marketing 
If you have an entry in ICSC’s “Cause Related Marketing” you may be eligible to enter that program into our contest. There is no charge to submit an entry.

How to Submit
All entries must be submitted online at https://www.omnicontests4.com/?comp_id=1111 . Each entry must include a fully completed entry form along with an accompanying letter from the collaborative/benefitting charity. Photos are optional. Supporting materials should be uploaded in the appropriate section where indicated.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, July 12, 2013.

Entry Fees–FREE
The ICSC Foundation Community Support Award program is free to enter.

Eligibility Dates
The campaign must have been implemented between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.

Qualified applicants are those that identify a specific need and creates or participate in a campaign that address the need. Superior applications are those with programs or campaigns that are designed with good intention and are planned, executed and facilitated with genuine commitment to the cause and community regardless of the level of success.

How to Enter
YOUR ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE according to a specific format, as outlined herein.  Register for a User Name and Password. You only need to register once and you can use this User Name and Password to log on in the future.

Step 1 RULES: Review competition rules and regulations by clicking on the Rules button.

Step 2 ENTRANT: Fill out and review your entrant form by clicking on the Entrant button. If you have applied for an award before the information will pre-populate. Ensure information is correct.

Step 3 ENTRY: Create an entry by clicking on the Add Entry button.  The first tab Entry requires you to name the campaign and fill out contact information. After you save this information, you will be able to toggle between the tabs without completing every required question. Required information includes:

What is the name and mission of the philanthropic organization or social cause that benefited from your campaign?

  • Tell us why you selected that organization? What was your motivation when selecting the organization?
  • Describe your community support campaign and your results. Explain how it used the resources of the centre (customers, retailers, suppliers, centre employees, the facility and management) to achieve the program’s objective.
  • How did your campaign respond to the needs of your community?
  • How did your campaign make your shopping centre a better corporate citizen?

Step 4 SUPPORTING ATTACHMENTS: Upload a letter from the charity or cause that benefited from your campaign by clicking on the Uploads tab. There is also the option of uploading up to two photos.

Step 5 SUBMITTING: To submit your entry click the View Entries tab.  Click on the red Incomplete link to complete any unfinished sections. Only after each section is complete will you be prompted to submit the entry. You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your entry.

Rulings and Judging Decisions
The ICSC Foundation Community Support Award judges and ICSC officials will make all eligibility rulings. Both reserve the right to re-classify, re-categorize or disqualify entries, as well as remove any ineligible materials. All decisions are final.

No entries will be returned. All entries become the property of ICSC Foundation. By entering, all participants consent to the use by the ICSC Foundation of all the information provided in the entries for marketing or promotion purposes without any attribution, identification, right of review or compensation. All entrants agree to release and hold harmless the ICSC Foundation from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest.

ICSC Foundation may, within its sole discretion, require each award winner to sign and return an affidavit of liability and publicity release, in which each winner consents to the use of their application data and photo/video by ICSC Foundation for advertising and promotional purposes, without any compensation, wherever lawful, as a precondition to award of a prize.

Award Presentation and Recognition
Award winners will be notified by phone and/or email. The winner will be announced and the award will be presented in December at the Canadian Convention in Toronto. The ICSC Foundation will award each winner with a commemorative crystal award and will contribute $5,000 USD to the philanthropic charity or community cause supported by the campaign.

Selection Criteria
Creativity and Innovation
The campaign demonstrates a creative project idea using innovative measures to select a charity or create a campaign that benefit its community.

Program Mission
The campaign agenda has strong altruistic merit, and is formulated to become a better corporate citizen through an act of advocacy and/or charity that benefits their target community. The campaign attempts to create positive change and/or offer support.

Community Impact and Effectiveness
The project’s intent and goal is a direct reflection of the community’s need. The campaign has clear objectives of increased community support and/or awareness in the target community. Application successfully demonstrates ability to use the project as a tool to benefit the community either through monies donated, social service offered (i.e. heightened awareness of an issue), or combinations thereof.

Facilitation and Implementation
Application demonstrates superior organization and planning of project as well as continued follow through to project completion. Application describes teamwork and collaborative measures in project facilitation. Applicant’s use of shopping centre related resources to enhance their ability to achieve results.