Judges were asked to level the playing field among nominees to equalize opportunities for recognition. In this manner, companies of all sizes were considered.
Judges were asked to vote for nominees based on their organization's overall philanthropic efforts, including financial, pro bono and volunteer contributions, as well as involvement by executives and staff members on the boards of nonprofit organizations.
The judging process ran from mid-September through early October 2003.
The panel consisted of:
K. Michael Benz, president and CEO, United Way Services
Connie Sipple, president, Profile Solutions
Joanne Clark, vice president of charitable contributions, National City Foundation, National City Corp. (2002 Pillar Award honoree)
Kent Clapp, president and CEO, Medical Mutual of Ohio
Traci Felder, executive director, Dress for Success Cleveland (2002 Pillar Award honoree)
Fred Koury, president and CEO, Smart Business Network
David Lundeen, executive director, Cleveland Christian Home (2002 Pillar Fund grant recipient)