- Ron Grzywinski and Mary Houghton who cofounded ShoreBank along with Milton Davis, and James Fletcher in 1972. Ron and Mary helped formalize and build a thriving industry of mission-oriented financial institutions that attempt to generate reasonable financial and social returns in low- and moderate-income communities for over 40 years. Their dedication and vision was recognized by President Bill Clinton when he helped form the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in the Department of Treasury in 1994.
- Alden McDonald, Jr. for his unwavering commitment to banking for minorities (especially African American banking minorities) in New Orleans. Leading Liberty Bank and Trust Company since 1972, Alden’s commitment to Liberty’s mission to serve as a catalyst for economic and community development while generating fair returns is further typified in a post-Katrina New Orleans community.
Each award given out is a unique piece of art obtained through Chicago’s After School Matters organization at its Gallery 37 space. The space was developed through the efforts of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs to attract artistically-inclined city youth to gain experience as apprentice artists. After School Matters partners with Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, and hundreds of community organizations throughout the city to coordinate and sustain investment in youth development through school- and community-based programming.