Past Recipients



This award is named after the first recording secretary of the Rochester Community Chest, which is known today as the United Way Of Olmsted County. Maude Finch served as a role model for our community over 90 years ago when she promptly donated her $20 in wages for clerical services back to the community chest. Her simple actions then, as now, serve as an example of giving back to make a difference in our community.


This award is given in Maude Finch’s honor in recognition of a woman whose action, results and time improve one or more of the interconnected building blocks for a good quality of life – education, health, income, and basics needs. 


Previous Maude Finch Awardees

2019 | Ponloeu Chim, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) read about Chim's nomination and accolades.

Click the image below to hear Ponloue Chim's award acceptance remarks. 


2018 | Gail Sauter, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance/Operations at University of MN Rochester 

2017 | Elaine Case, Independent Civic and Community Professional 

2016 | Audrey Betcher, Director of Rochester Public Library 

2015 | Carmen Kane 

2013 | Jan Vetter, Rochester ARea Habitat for Humanity's Carpenter's Club, Dison's Cleaners  read more

2012 | Susan Ahlquist and Michon Rogers, Rochesterfest Board, First Alliance Credit Union read more

2011 | Jane Campion & Wanda Hagquist, Children's Volunteers - The Women's Shelter, The Canadian Honker  read more

2010 | Barbara Withers, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, IBM's EX.I.T.E Camp read more

2009 | Karel Weigel, Habitat for Humanity, Women Build, Rochester Women Magazine read more