Spirit of Philanthropy

2018 Spirit of Philanthropy Award Nominations are Closed!

Each year, Philanthropy WV celebrates exceptional philanthropic work in West Virginia. The Staff Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, and Critical Impact awards go to those who have positively changed the lives and communities of the Mountain State.

2017 SOP Group Photo

2017 WV Spirit of Philanthropy honorees pictured (l-r) Volunteer Leader-Adult: Conrad Cooper; Critical Impact Award: Rob Vass, Maggie Hutchinson of Homes for White Sulphur Springs; Staff Leader: Erin Hurst; Critical Impact: Tom Crabtree – Homes for White Sulphur Springs; and Volunteer Leader – Youth: Roark Sizemore.

The Award Descriptions

The Critical Impact Award celebrates local grantmaking, big and small. The awards will go to the organization that demonstrates creativity, innovation, and sustainability in their grant project. Recipients may include one grant project under $5,000 and one grant project over $5,000. Nominations will be accepted for programs that demonstrate bold vision, strategic initiative and foundations, or by corporate or government grantmaking organizations. They must have evidence of enduring positive impact and demonstrate philanthropic leadership.


The Volunteer Leadership Award honors an individual exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to 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. Consider how this person served as a catalyst in philanthropy over the last 24 months in their community that exhibited creativity, leadership and made a significant impact.


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 entities. This staff member (volunteer or paid) excels in his or her role by demonstrating exceptional commitment and leadership in the field. Creativity is a significant component of the individual’s efforts and the impact of his or her work has been clearly demonstrated.


Selection and Recognition

Nominations must be received no later than August 24, 2018. 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 September 14, 2018. The 2018 recipient will be honored during the Philanthropy West Virginia Annual Conference on November 8th in Charleston, 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 2018SOPNom: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.