2019 Spirit of Philanthropy Program

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.

For 2019, we are launching a fourth award and that is the new Corporate Responsibility Leader Spirit of Philanthropy Award to recognize a company who exemplifies and advances corporate giving through their annual giving, employees volunteerism, donation of in-kind services and products, and the impact their work has on their community and our state.    Staff Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Critical Impact, and Corporate Responsibility Leader awards go to those who made philanthropic investments resulting in positively changing the lives and communities of the Mountain State.

The Award Descriptions & Nomination Forms

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, strategic initiative and foundations, or by corporate or government grantmaking organizations. To nominate CLICK HERE!

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. To nominate CLICK HERE!

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 (volunteer or paid) excels in his or her role by demonstrating exceptional commitment and leadership in the field.  To nominate CLICK HERE!

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.  To nominate CLICK HERE!

Selection and Recognition

Nominations must be received no later than October 1, 2019. An independent volunteer peer review panel will review all nominations and select the award recipients. The nominators will be notified of the status of their nomination by October 7, 2019. The 2019 recipients will be honored during the Philanthropy West Virginia Annual Conference on November 7th in Parkersburg, WV.

Nomination Process & Guidelines

Each nominator must follow the outline of this application and answer each question completely within the format provided. The nominator may include and attach up to two items (no more) including:

  • additional written references, noting the nominee’s contributions to their projects and/or the community
  • one additional item such as a newspaper article to highlight the accomplishments of the nominee.

Additional items should be in PDF format, no longer than 1 page in length and may be submitted by email to Philanthropy WV. Please title each document 2019SOPNom:NomineeName. Insert the same text in the subject line of the email. The nomination is to focus on current achievements (within the past 24 months). Each year the review committee only reviews new nominations and previous year’s nominations do not carry over for consideration in future years.

For over a decade, the Spirit of Philanthropy Awards has recognized excellence in the philanthropic community. Philanthropy WV will always recognize the past Spirit of Philanthropy award winners and the positive impacts they have made in West Virginia.