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Nominate Leaders in Philanthropy

Nonprofit organizations and associations based in the Washington, DC region are invited to nominate individuals and organizations for regional recognition. Six distinguished awards will be presented at the event, including: Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer, Outstanding Corporate Partner, Outstanding Foundation Partner, Outstanding Diversity Leader, and Outstanding Fundraising Professional. 

How to nominate someone:

  • Awardees must agree to attend the reception to receive their award in person.
  • Nominators must choose an award category and provide a one to two page narrative describing nominee’s qualifications.  
  • Nominators must secure letters of support and, if possible, a copy of the nominee’s resume.

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The deadline to nominate has now been closed.

Thank you to those who submitted their nominations!

Award Categories:

◊ Award for Outstanding Philanthropist 

This award honors an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles. Describe the nominee and the impact his/her support has had on the nominating or recipient organization(s) and the community. Include a mission statement for the organization.  Note direct financial support, specific achievements, and examples of motivating others to take leadership in philanthropy.  

◊ Award for Outstanding Professional

This award honors an individual whose career in nonprofit advancement is exemplary. Describe the nominee and his/her impact on the nominating organization and the fundraising profession. Include a mission statement for the organization. Note evidence of significant financial support generated, growth of revenue over time, and success in diversifying revenue sources attributable to the nominee’s leadership. Note volunteer commitment to the profession and community, awards and certifications earned, and any other specific achievements.

◊ Award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer

This award honors an individual who demonstrates outstanding skills in leading and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for the benefit of one or more charitable institutions.  Describe the nominee and how he/she has excelled in inspiring and coordinating the efforts of donors and volunteers. Note how the nominee’s work has helped advance the organization, including financial results and any other specific achievements.  Has s/he been active on boards and committees of other nonprofits, in addition to the nominating organization?

◊ Award for Outstanding Corporate Partner

This award honors a corporation or its corporate foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial and other donated support and through encouragement of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. Describe the nominee and its impact on the nominating organization and the community. Include the mission statement for the nominating organization. Cite direct financial and donated support, specific achievements, and examples of motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy. Note the causes and initiatives the corporation has supported and its general approach to philanthropy and charitable giving. 

◊ Award for Outstanding Foundation Partner

This award honors a foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support, innovation, and encouragement of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. Describe the nominee and its impact on the nominating organization and the community. Include the mission statement for the nominating organization. Cite financial support, specific achievements, and examples of innovation and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy.  Note the causes and initiatives the foundation has supported and its general approach to philanthropy and charitable giving. 

◊ Award for Outstanding Diversity Leader

This award honors an individual or organization that has encouraged collaboration to promote inclusivity. Describe the nominee’s qualifications by addressing the following criteria:

  • Increased knowledge of diversity and inclusivity focused on philanthropic practices and capacity building made possible by the nominee’s involvement.
  • Growth of the culture of philanthropy across underrepresented and minority communities made possible by the nominee’s involvement.
  • Specific strategies and practices to build fundraising capacity in underrepresented populations, such as leadership development or new programs, made possible by the nominee’s involvement
  • Examples of encouraging and motivating collaboration to promote inclusivity. 

Receipt of your nomination will be acknowledged, and the awards committee will keep you informed of the review process.