2020 Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

The West Virginia Spirit of Philanthropy Awards are the state’s premiere awards recognizing the philanthropic efforts of private individuals, collaborative projects in communities and regions, professional leaders of foundations and corporate giving programs. You may check out past honorees HERE!

Join us November 13th at 3:00 p.m. for the 2020 WV Spirit of Philanthropy Awards. In a spirit of community safety, we will be having this event virtually. Learn more about registration options HERE

You can submit your nominations for the 2020 Spirit of Philanthropy Awards HERE!

Nomination Process

Please note that this year we have streamlined our application process into one simple form, HERE. Nominations are due by October 30th, 2020. If you have additional supporting information you would like to submit, such as a letter of reference or newspaper article, you can submit them by email to info@philanthropywv.org. Please submit the files as pdfs with file names that clearly indicate which nomination they are in reference to, and send no more than two attachments. If you have questions about this process, please email operationsassistant@philanthropywv.org or call 304-517-1450

The Award Descriptions

The Critical Impact Award celebrates local grantmaking, big and small. The awards will go to the organizations/collaborations that demonstrates creativity, innovation, and sustainability in their grant project. Nominations will be accepted for programs that demonstrate bold vision and strategic initiative by foundations, coalitions, corporate grantmakers, or government grantmaking organizations.

The Volunteer Leadership Award honors an individual exhibiting an extraordinary service and impact in philanthropy in the state of West Virginia. This individual excels in his or her role as an individual philanthropist through their personal giving, their company’s philanthropy, engaging others to give, and/or serving as a board member of a philanthropic organization.

The Staff Leadership Award honors an individual exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to philanthropy in the state of West Virginia. Nominations will be accepted for staff of grantmaking foundations and corporate giving. This staff member excels in his or her role by demonstrating exceptional commitment and leadership in the field.

The Corporate Responsibility Leader Award recognizes outstanding companies, of any size, who are actively donating, volunteering, and making a difference in local communities and the state of West Virginia.