Apply now for the 17th annual MANDIs

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) recognize individuals, organizations and projects that enrich central city neighborhoods.

Three finalists are selected in each award category and announced prior to the event. The winner in each category is announced at the MANDI Ceremony on March 16, 2016 at Potawatomi Event Center 1611 W. Canal Street.

Potawatomi Event Center

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Award ceremony will be held on March 16, 2016
Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
1611 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233 (Map)

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  • Northern Trust Navigator Award

    Honors an individual demonstrating leadership and collaboration for change.

    Last year's winner: Venice Williams, Alice's Garden

    Venice fosters an environment at Alice's Garden where people not only exchange gardening knowledge, but share their lives.

  • Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award

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

    Last year's winner: HOME GR/OWN's Ezekiel Gillespie Park

    Ezekiel Gillespie Park was developed in partnership with Walnut Way Conservation Corp. This multi-use park—the first of the city's HOME GR/OWN strategy for transforming vacant lots—features native plants, fruit trees and sustainable water systems.

  • PNC Trailblazer Award

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

    Last year's winner: Sisters Diversion Project, Benedict Center

    The Sisters Diversion Project, working in conjunction with police and prosecutors, offers an alternative to incarceration to stop the cycle of prostitution.

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

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

    Last year's winner: UWM Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

    Transformed from a 100-year old cold storage warehouse in the Pabst Brewery, the Zilber School of Public Health has reinvigorated this historic area and become a trusted community partner in improving health outcomes for Milwaukee.

  • BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award

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

    Last year's winner: Rotary Club of Milwaukee

    The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has a long-standing commitment to Milwaukee, playing an active role in the revitalization of some of the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods and people.

  • Vision Award

    Last year's winner: Leo Ries

    Leo Ries was recognized for his fifteen years at LISC Milwaukee, and for the partnerships he has helped create to spur revitalization in Milwaukee communities. Leo Ries was recognized with this award as he is stepping down as Executive Director of LISC Milwaukee.

  • Sang Kim, Wells Fargo Regional President, presents the People's Choice Award at the MANDI Awards Ceremony

    People's Choice Award

    A brand new interactive award category where the winner is chosen by the public through an online voting system. The three groups with the most votes received $1,000. Last year's groups were:

    • Cream City Gardens and Rain Harvesting Project: Guest House of Milwaukee
    • Sisters Diversion Project: Benedict Center
    • Express Yourself Milwaukee

  • Brewers Community Foundation
  • BMO Harris
  • Northern Trust
  • PNC Bank
  • State Farm
  • Wells Fargo