Philanthropist of the Year

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The Washington County Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, is concerned with the promotion and facilitation of local philanthropy. In its promotion of philanthropy, the Foundation believes that philanthropists should be encouraged, thanked, and recognized for their contributions to the Washington community.

The Foundation created the Philanthropist of the Year award in 1999 to recognize local philanthropists for exceptional generosity to the Washington County community.  In 2018, the award was renamed the Northrop Family Excellence Award for Community Philanthropy in recognition of the Northrop Family's tremendous support of the Washington County community during their 116 years of ownership of the Observer-Reporter and Observer Publishing Company.