One Million Degrees (OMD) has been named a winner of the annual Make It Better Foundation’s Philanthropy Award. OMD, the only organization in Illinois focused exclusively on supporting community college students to succeed in school, work and life, was recognized in the Education category as “an impactful and inspiring organization” and selected for its combination of “excellence, scalability, efficiency, leadership and effectiveness.”
OMD was honored on May 3 at a celebration, emceed by CBS2 Chicago's Suzanne Le Mignot, at Wintrust’s Grand Banking Hall. The fifth annual awards from the Foundation – the nonprofit arm of Make It Better Media – included two other winners: BUILD, Inc., in the Social Justice category, and New Moms in the Human Services: Empowerment category. Each honoree received a specially-produced video profile of the organization.