Vizient presents Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award to Chicago nonprofit Ignite at Connections Summit

Nov. 18, 2021

Vizient, Inc. has awarded Ignite, a Chicago nonprofit organization that provides housing, access to employment and education opportunities to homeless youth, the 2021 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award.

Since 1976, Ignite has cared for children and youth ages 14 to 26 by providing primary and mental healthcare, lasting connections to caring adults and the skills to live a healthy and independent life. Vizient announced the award, which includes a $50,000 grant, at the 2021 Vizient Connections Summit held Nov. 15-18, according to a Vizient press release.

Vizient’s humanitarian award is named for the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, an agronomist who was known as “the man who saved a billion lives” for his revolutionary approach to plant breeding that resulted in exponentially increased yields of a wheat variety that actively resists drought and disease.

Each year at its annual Connections Summit, which is attended by thousands of healthcare professionals, manufacturers and suppliers, Vizient presents the Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to make a real difference in the world. Nominations for the award are submitted by Vizient member healthcare organizations, suppliers and employees.

Vizient press release