2021 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 can check out the previous winners over the last 14 years here.

The 2021 Nomination process is closed as of May 31st. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination! A committee made up of past Spirit of Philanthropy Award winners will review the nominees. If you have any questions about the process, please call 304-517-1450 or email kate@philanthropywv.org

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 Individual Philanthropist AwardThe Individual Philanthropist Award honors an individual exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to philanthropy, regardless of the size of their donations. Individuals may have demonstrated their commitment to philanthropy through their personal giving, their company’s philanthropy, engaging others to give, serving as a board member of a philanthropic organization, or other philanthropic engagement. This person served as a catalyst in philanthropy in their community, and exhibited creativity and leadership. 

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. Successful nominees are those that demonstrate a strong commitment to community, leadership and equitable practices in their grantmaking.

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