National Annual Awards

Just as there are myriad ways local chapters raise funds in their communities to benefit Ducks Unlimited’s conservation mission, there are also a number of national recognition programs for chapters and events that perform at the highest levels on a calendar year basis.

National Chapter Recognition Levels

Chapters that exceed $65,000 in funds raised in a calendar year through the following revenue streams:

  • Event Income
  • Chapter Silent Bid Auction Income
  • Non-Event Major Gift payment
  • Mail marketing membership and fundraising payments
$1,000,000 +Chairman's Elite Chapter
$250,000 - $999,999Chairman's Roll of Honor Chapter
$100,000 - $249,999President's Elite Chapter
$65,000 - $99,999President's Roll of Honor Chapter

National Chapter  Excellence Awards

For chapters that meet growth in the following criteria in the calendar year.  The Main D event must be 10/30 compliant. Growth in all 5 over the year constitutes a Gold chapter ranking, 4 is Silver, and 3 is Bronze.

Ranking Categories:

  • All Income
  • Event Income for All Chapter Events
  • All Members
  • Event Attendees for All Chapter Events
  • Volunteers

 

Top 10 Events

The ten events with the largest Event Income totals.  Program excludes state committee license tag programs, state conventions, and National Headquarters events.

Diamond Event

A single fundraising event that secures $75,000 or more in giving through the following methods:

  • Event Income
  • Major Gift pledges associated with the event with pledge forms signed and date stamped at NHQ no later than 30 days after event date
  • Any major gift cash processed at NHQ in association with the event no later than 30 days after event date
  • Matching gifts and/or matching gifts form associated with a cash payment made at the event (forms date stamped at NHQ no later than 30 days after event date)

 

University Chapter Sweet 16

The 16 collegiate chapters with the largest fundraising totals through the following methods:

  • Event Income
  • Chapter Silent Bid Auction Income
  • Non-Event Major Gift payments earmarked for chapter credit

 

Varsity All Star Chapter

The 10 high school chapters with the largest fundraising totals generated through the following methods:

  • Event Income
  • Chapter Silent Bid Auction Income
  • Non-Event Major Gift payments earmarked for chapter credit

 

Greenwing Honor Roll Chapter

The 11 DU chapters that host the top Greenwing events based on the following criteria:

  • Equal weighting given to the number Greenwing Memberships Processed and Event Income
  • Event must have a net/net income equal to or exceeding the number of Greenwing memberships submitted multiplied by $15

 

State Awards

The following are the 10 categories that will be used in an Olympic style ranking, with equal weighting applied to each, to calculate the Top 10 States:

  • Event Income Absolute Growth
  • Event Income Percentage Growth
  • All Income Absolute Growth
  • All Income Percentage Growth
  • All Members Absolute Growth
  • All Members Percentage Growth
  • Event Attendance Absolute Growth
  • Event Attendance Percentage Growth
  • Volunteer Absolute Growth
  • Volunteer Percentage Growth

 

State Excellence Award

A new State Excellence Award program was unveiled at the 2015 National Convention to recognize all states that excel in the same valued criteria as the Top 10 State Awards, these being:

  • All Income
  • Event Income
  • All Members
  • Event Attendance
  • Volunteers

Growth in all 5 over the year constitutes a Gold chapter ranking, 4 is Silver, and 3 is Bronze.