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VIRTUS Main Award for contribution at the national level is awarded to a company which supports activities and projects of public interest in a systematic and thoughtful manner. It is a company employing more than 250 people that has an existing strategy for corporate giving. The company makes targeted donations in several areas of its interest. Its philanthropic approach can serve as a positive and inspiring model of strategic community investments and such an approach is embodied in the most important and most relevant projects that the company has supported during the year.
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VIRTUS Award for contribution to the local community in which the company operates is awarded to a large company employing more than 250 people, which excelled in helping the resolution of problems or addressing the needs in the community, town or region in which it operates. In addition, this company should be aware of the importance of small initiatives and the development of marginalized local communities, and it should try to revive and activate such communities. This award is to encourage and guide others to make and return giving precisely in the locations to which they are affiliated and in which they primarily operate.
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VIRTUS Award for small and medium size enterprises is awarded to enterprises which demonstrate corporate social responsibility through investments in non-profit making projects and organizations. It concerns companies of up to 50 (small) and up to 250 (medium) employees, which have close links with their respective communities; they are aware of problems and needs in their communities; they are familiar with local organizations and they are always ready to act as ‘good neighbours’ and help as much as they can. This award should strengthen links between companies, local communities and organizations working together for a better tomorrow. For this category, branch offices of international companies and integral parts of bigger systems which main companies employ more than 250 people can not be nominated.
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VIRTUS Award for  partnership between the profit and non-profit sector emphasizes extremely successful and a well thought out long-term partnership between a company and a civil society organization. This partnership is aimed at resolving a serious social problem. The partnership primarily mirrors cross-sector cooperation, joint efforts and actions to resolve the problem, rather than financial support. Aspects taken into consideration during the awarding process are as follows: degree of involvement of the company in the process, results and efficiency of support, quality of communication between the sides in question, prospects of cooperation and innovation regarding approach to problem resolution. The award is expected to mobilize other companies to start thinking in a similar way.
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VIRTUS Award for individual contribution to philanthropy is awarded to an adult individual who provides long term support to local non-profit initiatives and/or civil society organizations in community located in Republic of Serbia. Basic criteria for this award is an expressed motivation of this individual to support civil society organizations and/or initiatives in the field of culture, social protection, education, environmental protection, human rights and community development; the level of support and the scope of beneficiaries as well as its long-term effect. Advantage will be given to individuals who provided significant financial and material contribution to these organizations and/or initiatives however, non-material forms of support such as voluntary work and knowledge transfer will be taken into consideration as well. Nominated individuals can be individual donors, entrepreneurs and company employees with the condition that the material donations come from their own resources and that the support has been provided outside of their business activities.