Nominations Sought for Community Foundation Awards

January 13, 2016

The Washington County Community Foundation is currently accepting nominations for four annual community awards: the Dr. Howard Jack Outstanding Public Educator Award, the Louis E. Waller Humanitarian Award, the Charles C. Keller Excellence Award for Corporate Philanthropy, and thePhilanthropist of the Year Award. Criteria and nominations forms for each award are available on the Foundation website at www.wccf.net. Nominations will be accepted until January 31.

The Jack Educator Award recognizes a local public educator who has displayed the ability to inspire children from all backgrounds and abilities, who has earned the respect of colleagues, students and parents, and who is actively engaged in the community. All primary and secondary public school educators serving students in Washington County are eligible to be nominated. Educators shall include certified teachers, school administrators, and other educators who support public education in grades K-12. The award includes a $1,000 grant to the educational program with which the recipient is affiliated.

The Waller Humanitarian Award recognizes a local individual or organization who is devoted to the promotion of human welfare and/or the advancement of social reforms as evidenced by humanitarian deeds in the community, whether local, national or international. All Washington County residents or for-profit companies operating in Washington County who have performed humanitarian service anywhere in the world are eligible to receive the award, although preference will be given to those performing humanitarian service in Washington County. Consideration will also be given to individuals living outside the county who have performed humanitarian service in Washington County. The award includes a $1,000 grant to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

The Jack Educator Award and the Waller Humanitarian Award will be presented at the Foundation’sLegacy Luncheon scheduled for Friday, May 20 at the Southpointe Golf Club.

The Keller Corporate Philanthropy Award recognizes a local for-profit business for exemplary giving and community service. All for-profit businesses operating in Washington County are eligible to be nominated. Criteria are as follows: Demonstrate a company philosophy of community service (such as time-off or flexible scheduling for employees to perform community service); Encourage employee commitment at multiple levels of the company; Donate resources including financial, personnel, facility, or product; or orchestrate a sustained effort to address a community need; Promote active community participation by others.

The Philanthropist of the Year Award recognizes local philanthropists for exceptional generosity to the Washington County community. Criteria for the award are as follows: Demonstrated exceptional generosity, relative to one’s ability to give, through personal financial gifts to local charitable causes; Demonstrated encouragement and motivation of others to financially support local charitable causes; Documented efforts to improve the quality of life in Washington County through volunteer leadership of local charitable and other community efforts; Documented efforts to advance philanthropy in general.

The Keller Corporate Philanthropy Award and the Philanthropist of the Year Award will be presented at the WCCF’s Philanthropy Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, November 3 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

A 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, the Community Foundation has more than $18 million in assets and has distributed more than $6.5 million in charitable grants in six broad categories of arts and humanities, education, environment and animal welfare, health and fitness, human needs, and religion and faith-based programs.