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Excellence in Community Service Award
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This award recognizes outstanding community service rendered under the auspices of a member community as an expression of the organization’s commitment to the broader nonprofit mission.

Eligible Nominees

Individuals, groups, employees and/or residents of member communities

Qualifying Criteria

  • Effective implementation of a program of outreach serving a meaningful and recognized need beyond the walls of the organization
  • A creative, innovative and effective approach to solving a recognized challenge within the greater community
  • Cumulative impact on the community over a prolonged period of time reflecting a history of compassionate response to the needs of disadvantaged citizens
  • Deliberate extension of the organizational mission as an outreach to underserved individuals or groups
  • An exceptional instance or a history of philanthropy targeted to underserved populations and/or a recognized community need


Nominations will be accepted only through the online Awards Nomination form. You may download the Awards Program Brochure here. Nominations are due by February 28, 2020.


  • Name and contact information of nominee
  • Name of award
  • Name and contact information of person submitting nomination
  • One-page description (in PDF) of nominee’s qualifications as specified under each award category
  • Three to five photos of the nominee to be used in awards slideshow if selected

Tips for Writing a Nomination

  • Be clear, specific, and as concise as possible.
  • Speak from the heart without worrying too much about the quality of the writing. Use bullets whenever possible.
  • Provide concrete examples of what is meritorious about your nominee.
  • Include measurable results when possible.
  • Remember that effort and risk taking may also be award-worthy even if the results were not those originally envisioned.

Use the Qualifying Criteria provided for each award to focus your thoughts on the merits of your nominee. Feel free to insert points not set out in the Qualifying Criteria that you believe further commend your nominee for recognition.

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