COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 15, 2019

Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is proud to announce the third annual PRISM Awards, the first-of-its-kind community celebration of social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs.

Social impact is the outcome of a mission-driven business or a business with a higher purpose that uses the powerful economic engine of capitalism for good, not merely for gain. Referred to as the fourth sector, social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs are changing the way business is done.

“CI4SI’s mission is to create awareness of this growing sector of our economy and to celebrate those social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs who are growing our economy while creating impact in our state,” said Jonathan Liebert, executive director and CEO. “We are asking all Coloradans to nominate a social impact business or social entrepreneur that is impacting their community through the use of this innovative business model.”

Each year, the PRISM Awards event theme highlights a Social Impact industry. As the awards open statewide for the first time in 2019, outdoor recreation was chosen as the theme that best represents the state and Colorado lifestyle.


  • When: Friday, March 8 th , 2019
  • Where: Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
  • Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $25. Register at

Nominations for the PRISM Awards are currently being accepted and must be submitted online no later than February 4 th . Judging of the awards will be separated by region including Northern Colorado, Southern Colorado and Western Colorado. For more information on award criteria and to submit your nominations, go to Award categories include:

  • Social Impact Business of the Year
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Impact Startup of the Year

The 2019 PRISM Awards is co-presented by Colorado Institute for Social Impact and Vectra Bank.

“Vectra Colorado Springs continues our involved in the development of the social impact movement and is committed to the positive impact this immerging 4th sector can have in our community,” said Shawn Gullixson, vice president of Vectra Bank. “We believe support of this effort is critical to the long-term health of our economy. More jobs, more families, and more opportunity help the citizens of Colorado Springs. We are thrilled to be a partner with CI4SI for the third annual PRISM Awards.”

Winners of last year’s PRISM Awards were:

  • Social Impact Business of the Year: Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Social Impact Startup of the Year: Pedal Station by Kids on Bikes
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Lindsey Litton of MilHousing Network

“Consumers are more informed and conscious about where they spend their money. They want to know how businesses are positively impacting their communities,” said Liebert. “We believe that Colorado is well-positioned to lead this national movement on Social Impact.”


Vectra Bank serves Colorado’s small and middle-market businesses, and their owners, managers and employees through full-service branches across the state. We are an innovative banking organization eager to surpass your expectations.

Vectra Bank focuses on hiring passionate people who are dedicated to this region and the local business community. “Big enough to count, small enough to care” is more than just a marketing slogan; it’s in our DNA. That's what you can expect from a proactive, relationship with Vectra Bank.

Vectra Bank, as part of Zions Bancorporation, has won numerous Greenwich Excellence Awards for Middle Market and Small Business Banking. We are a division of ZB, N.A. Member FDIC /

Greenwich Associates is a leading global financial services research and consulting firm. The Greenwich Excellence Awards for Small Business and Middle Market Banking were based on interviews with over 28,000 businesses across the U.S., with sales of $1 million to $500 million. More than 750 banks were evaluated. Please visit our website at for a full listing of awards. For more information about the company, visit


The Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is an education-based Social Enterprise created to enhance and organize the 4 th Sector of the Economy. CI4SI also seeks to increase awareness amongst consumers about these types of entities and how their money goes further when they purchase products from a social impact business. CI4SI’s mission is to “Harness Social Impact to accelerate the evolution of business.”

CI4SI’s impact services include: education and training, Social Return on Investment (SROI) measurement, events and networking, consultation services, and speaking engagements.

For more information, visit Colorado Institute for Social Impact, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or like us on Facebook.


Mary Wagner



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