In August of 2012 at the Unity Conference of minority professional journalists societies in Las Vegas, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored Bill Bennington with its Annual President’s Award “In Recognition of His Sage Guidance and His Generous Unflagging Support of NAHJ and Its Members.”
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation in June, 2010 created The William J. Bennington Healthy Community Institute Award, a $10,000 prize to be given annually in the name of Bill Bennington to the North Carolina nonprofit organization that best exemplifies his character and the lessons he has taught to more than 1,000 charity leadership teams in that state over a 10-year period.
In late October, 2003 an corporate university offering accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees created by Mr. Bennington for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, received a BEST Award from the American Society for Training and Development and in early 2004 the training organization he developed and headed was named #30 on Training Magazine’s coveted Top 100 List as well as a recipient of the magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award at the Kennedy Center. In 2002 he was named one of Business Leader Magazine’sTop 100 Business Leaders in the Raleigh/Durham Research Triangle area.
He is one of only a few professionals to have been Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators and Toastmasters International.
Communications programs conceived and implemented by him have received widespread recognition including two Silver Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America; seven Gold Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators; eight Pepperpot Awards from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; and numerous other awards and honors from a variety of professional organizations including Women in Communications, the Society for Consumer Affairs Professionals, the Edison Electric Institute, PR Casebook and 17 "Best of Industry Awards" from Financial World Magazine. .
Mr. Bennington also received the Philadelphia Center for Urban Resources Good Samaritan Award (its highest honor) for volunteer service over five years to inner city churches, ministries and non-profits as well as for training 250 minority pastors and urban leaders on setting up and managing non-profit agencies.
He was also given the Anthony J. Fulginiti Award for Contributions to Public Relations Education, and was named the first recipient of the Horizon Award for Innovative Communications from the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators for his outstanding contributions toward helping communities meet the challenge of change in the 1990s and beyond.
Mr. Bennington has been listed in Who’s Who in America for more than 35 years and his biography is also currently published in Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. Before it ceased publication, he was listed in Who’s Who in Public Relations. He is also listed in the 2015 Directory of 2,000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, published by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England.
Bill was recognized by American Red Cross for topping the 75-Gallon (600 unit) mark as a Apheresis Donor (platelets and white cells) for people suffering from cancer and other often-fatal diseases of the immune system.