2017 Giving Hearts Awards Guidelines

AFP Vancouver Chapter recognizes there are many individuals, families and groups that make outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support to countless organizations. The Giving Hearts Award Program was created to acknowledge the true expression of philanthropy. This is your opportunity to recognize and celebrate the individuals and organizations (volunteers, leaders, fundraisers, philanthropists, youth) that make a difference to your organization and the non-profit community. The awards will be presented at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 16, 2017.

Giving Hearts Award Categories:

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPISTS – TWO AWARDS

These awards honour individuals or families with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, national and/or international level. Two awards will be presented annually – one for philanthropists donating to small to medium organizations raising up to $15M annually and one for philanthropists donating to large organizations raising more than $15M annually. Each organization will only be relevant to one of the categories.

Nominations should address the following criteria:

- Describe the gifts donated by the nominee to your organization and other not-for-profit organizations and the IMPACT of the nominee’s gifts and work on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services

- Describe additional participation (i.e. board member of volunteer)

- Describe the special qualities (i.e. innovation, creativity, leadership) exhibited by the nominee in the causes supported, including how issues were addressed or solved and/or how the funds were raised

 

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER

This award recognises an individual or family that has demonstrated outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects to benefit non-profit organizations. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for MORE than one non-profit organization.

Nominations should address the following criteria:

- For your organization and each organizations for which the nominee has helped raise funds, provide description of leadership role and responsibilities, ability to organize and manage campaigns and groups, funds raised, time, effort and personal financial commitment and impact the nominee and his/her work had on the organization and services

- Description of both the nominee’s ability to lead, motivate, manage and inspire others, as well as the ability to work within a team

- Description of the nominee’s support of other non-profits where he/she may not have led fundraising efforts, but was active on boards and committees and gave to and volunteered for the organizations

 

OUTSTANDING CORPORATION

A corporation or its corporate foundation, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Nominations should address the following questions:

- Description of OVERALL gift support by the nominee and general approach and philosophy to philanthropy and charitable support

- For each MAJOR cause, initiative or non-profit supported by the nominee, include description of philanthropic support (money, time and other resources), innovation and creativity in addressing the issue or cause, and IMPACT of that support on those causes and non-profits

- Description of additional gift support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts

- Description of the nominee’s work in encouraging and motivating others (e.g. employees, clients, customers, the public) to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy

 

OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS

A small business of not more than 50 employees; who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment, through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Nominations should address the following questions:

- Description of OVERALL gift support by the nominee and general approach and philosophy to philanthropy and charitable support

- For each MAJOR cause, initiative or non-profit supported by the nominee, include description of philanthropic support (money, time and other resources), innovation and creativity in addressing the issue or cause, and IMPACT of that support on those causes and nonprofits

- Description of additional gift support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts

- Description of the nominee’s work in encouraging and motivating others (e.g. employees, clients, customers, the public) to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy

 

OUTSTANDING YOUTH PHILANTHROPIST

This award recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 12 to 23 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

Nominations should address the following questions:

- For your organization and each organization for which the nominee has helped raise funds, provide description of role and responsibilities, ability to organize and manage campaigns and groups, funds raised, time, effort and personal financial commitment and impact the nominee and his/her work had on the organization and services

- Description of both the nominee’s ability to lead, motivate, manage and inspire others, as well as the ability to work within a team

- Description of the nominee’s support of other non-profits where he/she may not have led fundraising efforts, but was active volunteering for the organizations

 

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISER

This award recognizes an outstanding individual fundraising professional who practices his/her profession directly for a non-profit organization. The recipient must have at least 10 years of professional fundraising experience. Current AFP Vancouver Board Members, members of the Judging Committee and self-nominations are not eligible for this award. THIS AWARD IS ADJUDICATED BY THE AFP VANCOUVER BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD

This award recognizes an individual’s extraordinary contribution and dedication to the fundraising profession, their volunteer contributions to the philanthropic sector, to AFP, and to the community. This award will be presented from time-to-time at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the AFP Vancouver Chapter. Award candidates will have achieved distinction in service to the profession over a span of 20 years and are recognized as a “leader” in the field. THIS AWARD IS ADJUDICATED BY THE AFP VANCOUVER BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

The Deadline for Nominations is June 16, 2017 at 12pm.

You may nominate in one or all categories but only submit one nomination per category. In choosing your nominees, please note that individuals and organizations that have previously been recognized as recipients with an AFP Vancouver Chapter honour cannot be re-nominated in the same category for which they were already honoured. Past recipients can be nominated in a different category if they meet the necessary criteria. We encourage you to share this invitation with AFP members and others in your community. Submissions must be received no later than June 16, 2017 at 12pm to be eligible.

 

Your Nomination

Your narrative should be no more than 3 pages (12-point) format with 1” margins. Each criterion should be addressed separately in narrative form. Entries will be judged on the responses to the criteria and should contain complete, clear and concise answers. Supporting documents (such as letters, newspaper articles, etc.) are not accepted for nominations. All nominations should consist of the nomination form and narrative responses to the criteria.

Please provide (separate from your 3 page narrative):

- An executive summary of your nomination which highlights the key elements of your nominee’s overall contribution to the philanthropic community. Summaries will be used to profile your nominee in the GHA Event Program and promotional materials (max 125 words)

- A quote from your nominee referencing the importance of philanthropy in the nominee’s life or community which may be used in in the GHA Event Program and promotional materials (max 50 words)

- A formal COLOUR photograph (electronic high resolution - head and shoulders) which may be used on the AFP website or in other National Philanthropy Day promotional materials. For corporations/businesses please include a high resolution electronic logo. Preferred format: tif/eps/jpeg

 

Judging

Senior members of the Vancouver AFP community and media will form the judicial panel for all awards, except the Outstanding Fundraising Professional and Lifetime Achievement Award. This judicial panel will review the responses to the criteria on the nominees and will select the final Giving Hearts recipients. Selection of Giving Hearts recipients will be based on only the information contained in the nomination. The committee may verify the information but will not seek out additional information.

Nominees will be informed of the judging results no later than September 22nd, 2017.

Recipients may be submitted for the corresponding AFP International Awards the following year, 2018. This will include some additional forms to be filled out by the nominating organization – these awards are currently under review by AFP International.

Responsibilities

Becoming a Giving Hearts Award finalist or recipient carries with it some responsibilities, time and commitments. Finalists and recipients will be required to provide a formal photograph which may be used for the AFP website and program promotional materials, and may be interviewed by a writer or media and expected to attend the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 16, 2017. National Philanthropy Day organizers will make every effort to limit the time required and to schedule around the recipients’ other commitments.

The Giving Hearts Program Nomination Form, 3 page narrative, and supporting materials must be submitted no later than June 16, 2017 at 12pm through the online submission form.