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 for which the nominee has helped raise funds, provide a description of leadership role and responsibilities; ability to organize and manage campaigns and groups; funds raised; time, effort and personal financial commitment; and 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.

Once you begin to submit a nomination online, you MUST complete the form. The form cannot be saved to complete at a later time. We suggest that you answer the questions in a Word Document first and then copy and paste them into the form. Click here to view the questions asked for this nomination

You MUST include contact information for the nominee. The nomination will not be considered if this information is not included.

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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. Achievements to keep in mind for your nominee include: quality of leadership and organizational ability in fundraising campaigns; extent of time and efforts contributed to your cause; proportionate financial results of his/her effort; success in recruiting and motivating others; participation in other non-profit organizations.Nominations should address the following criteria:

    • For EACH organization/cause for which the nominee has helped raise funds, provide a description of leadership role and responsibilities; ability to organize and manage campaigns and groups; funds raised; time, effort and personal financial commitment; and 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.

Once you begin to submit a nomination online, you MUST complete the form. The form cannot be saved to complete at a later time. We suggest that you answer the questions in a Word Document first and then copy and paste them into the form. Click here to view the questions asked for this nomination

You MUST include contact information for the nominee. The nomination will not be considered if this information is not included.

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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 leadership role and responsibilities; ability to organize and manage campaigns and groups; funds raised; time, effort and personal financial commitment; and impact the nominee and his/her work had on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services.
    • 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 and examples of the nominee's support of other organizations.

Once you begin to submit a nomination online, you MUST complete the form. The form cannot be saved to complete at a later time. We suggest that you answer the questions in a Word Document first and then copy and paste them into the form. Click here to view the questions asked for this nomination

You MUST include contact information for the nominee. The nomination will not be considered if this information is not included.

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The Corporate Leadership Award honors a corporation or its corporate foundation, of any size or mission, that demonstrates outstanding commitment in Northeast Ohio through financial support and through encouragement, executive and employee involvement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. Nominations should address the following criteria:

    • For each MAJOR cause, initiative or nonprofit supported by the nominee, include a description of philanthropic support (money, time and other resources); innovation and creativity in addressing the issue or cause; and impact of that support on those causes and nonprofits.
    • 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.
    • Description of additional gift support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts.

Once you begin to submit a nomination online, you MUST complete the form. The form cannot be saved to complete at a later time. We suggest that you answer the questions in a Word Document first and then copy and paste them into the form. Click here to view the questions asked for this nomination

You MUST include contact information for the nominee. The nomination will not be considered if this information is not included.

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Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Nominations Opening Soon!


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 will have a philanthropic impact and can serve as a prototype for others or be easily replicated in other communities.

Once you begin to submit a nomination online, you MUST complete the form. The form cannot be saved to complete at a later time. We suggest that you answer the questions in a Word Document first and then copy and paste them into the form. Click here to view the questions asked for this nomination

You MUST include contact information for the nominee. The nomination will not be considered if this information is not included.

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