Meet Our 2020 ELEVATE Judges

The ELEVATE Awards would not be possible without the commitment and thoughtful insight from our ELEVATE judges. This year we’ve asked a new panel to join us in reviewing the extraordinary submission of nearly 100 individuals nominated in our five awards categories. “These six judges represent diverse backgrounds, industries and viewpoints, but what they all […]


In 2019, United Way of Central Indiana announced a rebrand of its signature fundraising event. We rolled up the experience previously known as Red Carpet Gala and launched ELEVATE. ELEVATE … because we rise by lifting others. And the momentum from this event just keeps climbing. The inaugural year debuted a new look (including a […]

ELEVATE Under the Big Top in 2020

United Way of Central Indiana unveiled a vintage circus theme for the 2nd annual ELEVATE, an event designed to engage and recognize young professionals who care about our community’s social issues while raising awareness of generational poverty. ELEVATE, presented by GEICO, will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Crane Bay […]

United Way ELEVATE Award Winners Announced

United Way of Central Indiana announced the winners of the inaugural ELEVATE Awards during its signature fundraising event on March 2. Winners were selected from a group of 15 finalists and over 100 nominees, ages 21-40, in five categories: outstanding board member; employee resource group; innovator; nonprofit professional; and volunteer. “We congratulate these exceptional individuals […]

Finalist Profile: Dominic Dorsey II

Dominic Dorsey II loves Indianapolis. The city yes, but it’s the people he is drawn to. Sometimes he is pulled away for work or travel but no matter how far he goes, he always wants to come home. “Indy raised me” he says. And, it’s this sense of community that compels Dorsey, one of our […]

Finalist Profile: Katie Bailey

Katie Bailey has always taken an interest in international affairs – in studies and travel. As a teaching assistant in graduate school at Indiana University Bloomington, the professor she worked for offered to take the students in his class on a spring break trip. His challenge: find a country that’s close but different enough we […]

Finalist Profile: Lilly PRIDE

Lilly PRIDE began in 1994 with humble origins. This United Way ELEVATE finalist for Employee Resource Group of the Year started with Eli Lilly and Company employees organizing after-hours meet ups for gay and lesbian employees through a blind carbon copy email. From these informal roots to its eventual formation as Lilly PRIDE, its purpose […]