Award Categories

The Philanthropist Leadership Award pays tribute to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity in Northeast Ohio who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in their community. Nominations should address the following criteria:

  • For EACH organization/cause supported by the nominee, describe the (1) gifts provided, (2) additional participation and (3) impact of the nominee’s gift and work on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services.
  • Description of the innovation/creativity/leadership in the causes the nominee supported, how issues were addressed or solved and/or how the funds were raised.
  • Description of the nominee’s work in encouraging and motivating others to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy (i.e. challenge gifts, matching gifts, volunteering, etc.).
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The Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award rewards a special individual or family that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers in Northeast Ohio for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of donors and volunteers for major fundraising projects. Nominations should address the following criteria:

  • For EACH organization/cause for which the nominee has helped raise funds, provide a description of (1) leadership role and responsibilities, (2) ability to organize and manage campaigns and groups, (3) funds raised, (4) time, effort and personal financial commitment and (5) impact the nominee and his/her work had on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services.
  • Description of both the nominee’s ability to lead, motivate, manage and inspire others, as well as the ability to work within a team.
  • Description of the nominee’s support of other non-profits where he or she may not have led fundraising efforts, but was active on boards and committees and gave and volunteered to the organizations.
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The Foundation Leadership Award honors a foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment in Northeast Ohio through financial support, innovation, encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and national, international and/or community involvement.
Nominations should address the following criteria:

  • For EACH major program area/cause/initiative, provide a description of the nominee’s (1) philanthropic support (including money, time and other resources), (2) innovation or creativity in addressing the issue and (3) the leadership role the nominee played.
  • For each major program area/cause/initiative, provide a description of the impact of the nominee’s philanthropic support, innovation and creativity and leadership.
  • Description of the nominee’s work in encouraging and motivating others to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy.
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The Corporate Leadership Award honors a corporation or its corporate foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment in Northeast Ohio through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. Nominations should address the following criteria:

  • Description of OVERALL gift support by the nominee and general approach and philosophy to philanthropy and charitable support.
  • For each MAJOR cause, initiative or nonprofit supported by the nominee, include a description of (1) philanthropic support (money, time and other resources), (2) innovation and creativity in addressing the issue or cause and (3) impact of that support on those causes and nonprofits.
  • Description of additional gift support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts.
  • Description of the nominee’s work in encouraging and motivating others (e.g. employees, clients, customers, the public) to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy.
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The Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award honors an outstanding individual fundraising professional in Northeast Ohio who works directly for a nonprofit, charitable organization. Nominees must have a MINIMUM of 5 years of experience as a professional fundraiser working directly for a nonprofit organization (years as a consultant will not be considered). They must also be a current AFP member. CFRE’s preferred. Nominations should address the following criteria, and consideration will be based solely on the responses:

  • For EACH organization where the nominee has held a significant fundraising position (not necessarily entry-level but that position can be included if important), provide description of (1) position and responsibilities, (2) specific projects and campaigns completed, (3) funds raised and (4) impact of the nominee’s work on the organization’s programs.
  • Provide description of the nominee’s leadership, such as development of new programs and departments, significant increases in return on fundraising investment, successful management of key programs, creating new organizational cultures and/or introduction of innovative and creative ideas.
  • Description of nominee’s commitment to AFP, its mission of advancing ethical fundraising and the fundraising profession.
  • Description of individual’s commitment to continuing professional development, including certification (CFRE or ACFRE, or equivalent certification), conference participation, publication and professional education.
  • Evidence of commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through voluntary service and financial support of nonprofit organizations.
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The Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award recognizes service by an individual or group of young people who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy. Nominee does not need to be a current AFP member. Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following criteria:

  • Description in detail of what the nominee did, including goals, process, budget (if relevant) and people involved in the process (adult leaders or adviser, etc.) and of the time, talent and/or treasure the youth gave for the common good and the results that were achieved.
  • Description of the impact the nominee had on the community, including number of people involved, financial impact, organizations helped, etc. Please include the names and contact information of individuals at the organizations who benefited from the nominee’s work.
  • Long term (3-5 years) impact of the nominee’s work. Will the project(s) be ongoing and has the nominee considered next steps or is working on other projects
  • Evidence that the project(s) can serve as a prototype for others or is easily replicable in other communities.
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