Why Enter

Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted to the MFEA Star Awards. Here’s why:

  • Unparalleled, the STAR Awards program is the mutual fund industry’s preeminent awards competition, recognizing excellence in marketing and communications to investors and intermediaries.
  • Participants receive an evaluation scorecard for every entry, providing valuable information teams can use to assess their communications efforts.
  • Communicators who drive industry messaging identify peer feedback as an invaluable and insightful tool for assessing their communications efforts.
  • The competition encourages teamwork, excellence, and fosters improvement and innovation.

Here’s what past participants have to say about the STAR Awards

“The STAR Awards event is unique because not only are you recognized for all the hard work that goes into your marketing and communication efforts, you are able to learn from your competition. It’s always helpful to see what other firms are doing, whether they are the same size firm as yours or in a completely different category. At U.S. Global Investors two of our key values are recognition of achievement as well as curiosity to learn and improve. The STAR Awards is a perfect example of both.”
— Holly MacRossin, U.S. Global Investors

“At Royce, we’ve always seen the Star Awards program as a wonderful opportunity to get together with our peers and see the very best materials that our industry has to offer. It’s a time to share ideas and see what our counterparts and competitors are doing—which has definitely helped to sharpen our thinking and improve our work.”
— John Davis, Royce & Associates/The Royce Funds

“The STAR Awards program does so much for our organization. In submitting our pieces, we take the opportunity to take stock of our best work and to identify what is special about it; as judges we are able to see a wide range of content and collateral and to take note of best practices; and when we win an award the recognition from industry peers is truly meaningful. The STAR Awards evening is a fun celebration, and a great networking opportunity too!”
— Vicki Lester, Columbia Threadneedle

“As a small fund complex, we were not sure if we could compete for the prestigious Community Investment Award. Win or not, the journey of compiling community service highlights from the past four decades was truly gratifying. It reinforced that we are fulfilling our founder’s vision that our culture pushes associates to use their energy, time, and talent to serve others and make life better for all — our investors, associates, and community. It was also an impetus to raise the benchmark for our giving to the surrounding region. We display the MFEA Community Investment Award in our lobby with great pride!”
— Frank Privitera, Fenimore Asset Management