Apply now for the 18th 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 April 6, 2017 at Potawatomi Event Center 1611 W. Canal Street.

Potawatomi Event Center

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Award ceremony will be held on April 6, 2017
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: Rodney Bourrage, Sr., Founder and Executive Director, Operation DREAM

    Rodney Bourrage is a lifelong mentor, advocate, resource, friend, parent-figure and counselor to some of the most at-risk boys in Milwaukee.

  • 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: Moody Park, Milwaukee County & Community Partners

    The newly renovated 4.1-acre park is now home to a community building with an interactive splash pad, three full-size basketball courts, an outdoor multi gym, lighted pathways, a performance stage and restrooms.

  • PNC Trailblazer Award

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

    Last year's winner: ACTS Housing Foreclosure Reclamation Project

    Through a unique partnership with the City of Milwaukee, the ACTS Housing Foreclosure Reclamation Project helps families purchase and rehabilitate tax-foreclosed homes, ultimately catalyzing financial independence and stabilizing distressed neighborhoods.

  • State Farm Building Blocks Award

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

    Last year's winner: St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave.

    Designed with African and European motifs, the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus provides adult day care, basic health care, human services and quality early childhood education programs, while serving as a catalyst for neighborhood renewal.

  • 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: COA Youth & Family Centers

    COA Youth & Family Centers serve 10,000 low income children & families at 11 locations across the city. The COA Goldin Center at 24th & Burleigh has played an important role in revitalizing the Amani neighborhood.

  • 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:

    • Larry and Sharon Adams
    • Doors Open Milwaukee
    • COA Youth & Family Centers

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