Donahue Honored with Excellence Award for Board Service

May 03, 2016

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The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) is pleased to announce that Kenneth Donahue has been named the recipient of this year’s Richard L. White Excellence Award for Board Service. Created by the WCCF Board of Trustees in 2012, the award recognizes an individual who serves as an exemplary member of the Board, wholeheartedly sharing his or her time, talent, and treasures to support the Foundation and its mission. Both current and former Trustees are eligible to receive the award, which is named in honor of Founding Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board, Richard L. White. The inaugural award was presented to White in 2012.

A native of Chicago, Donahue earned a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago. He moved to the Washington County area to serve as President of rose plastic USA, a world leader in the manufacture of plastic protective packaging, in California Technology Park.

Donahue was elected as a WCCF Trustees nearly 12 years ago, after being identified as a “promising prospect” by Founding Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board Charles Keller. Both on a personal level, as well as through rose plastic, Donahue has been an enthusiastic supporter of the WCCF, sharing his time and talents in many ways, including serving on the Executive, Marketing, and Nominating (now Governance) Committees.

As Chair of the Marketing Committee, Donahue was involved with the expansion of the Foundation’s award series in 2008, which included the inaugural presentations of three awards, the Louis E. Waller Humanitarian AwardDr. Howard Jack Outstanding Public Educator Award, and Director’s Choice Award, as well as the creation of the James H. McCune Acorn Society for professional advisors. 

Under Donahue’s leadership of the Nominating Committee, its responsibilities were expanded to include regularly assessing Board performance and reviewing the Board’s structure, composition, operations, and integrity to ensure the highest quality of governance.

In accordance with the bylaws, Donahue rotated off the Board in 2014, but he has continued to be involved with laying the groundwork for the Foundation’s future as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, offering input to help guide the plan’s direction. 

“The Strategic Plan is a way for the Community Foundation to be more proactive . . . It’s very rewarding to see your ideas going forward,” Donahue remarked.

In addition to all that he has done for the Community Foundation, Donahue has been active with numerous other community groups. He has served on the Boards of the Center in the Woods, Village of FPC, Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association, Mon Valley Progress Council, and the California Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is a Past President of the California Rotary Club and served as a member of the California School District’s Strategic Planning Committee.

The Richard L. White Excellence Award for Board Service will be presented to Donahue at the WCCF’s annual Legacy Luncheon on Friday, May 20.

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