The WCCF created the Philanthropist of the Year award in 1999. As part of the National Community Foundation Week celebration each November, a local philanthropist (individual or family) is honored for their exceptional generosity to the community. In addition to a dinner held in the recipient’s honor, a permanent named fund is created at the Foundation. The name and purpose of the fund is determined by the recipient.
Although Trustees of the WCCF are not excluded from eligibility, the Foundation will first consider individuals or families that are not currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.