2018 Giving Hearts Awards Nomination Guidelines

The AFP Vancouver Chapter invites you to celebrate the incredible individuals, families and organizations that generously give their time, leadership and financial support to benefit countless people and communities. The Giving Hearts Awards were created to acknowledge the true expression of philanthropy. We look forward to receiving your nominations and recognizing your volunteers, leaders, fundraisers, philanthropists and youth for all they do to make a difference to important causes and the philanthropic community. Please save the date and join us at National Philanthropy Day on November 7, 2018 to honour and acknowledge the Giving Hearts Award nominees and recipients.

 

Please note that organizations are welcome to submit multiple nominations, but only one nomination per category is permitted. Individuals and organizations that have previously received a Giving Hearts Award cannot be re-nominated for the same category. Past winners can be nominated for a different category if they meet the necessary criteria. Non-profits are encouraged to collaborate and submit co-nominations to honour deserving philanthropists. To learn more about the Giving Hearts Awards process and timelines, please review the last page of this document.

 

All completed nominations must be submitted online no later than June 22, 2018. If you have any questions about the Giving Hearts Awards, please contact Eva Bach at givingheartsawardsvancouver@gmail.com.

 

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 less than $15M annually and one for philanthropists donating to large organizations raising $15M and more annually. We ask that nominating organizations select their applicable revenue category.

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 or 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 recognizes 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 organization for which the nominee has helped raise funds, provide description of the 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 (more than 50 employees)

A corporation or its corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and the 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 (50 employees or less)

A small business comprising 50 employees or less, that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment through financial support and the 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 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 judicial panel and self-nominations are not eligible for this award.

 

Nomination Process & Key Timelines

 

Your Nomination

Please note that the final deadline for submissions is Friday, June 22, 2018. All online applications must include the following elements:

  1. The completed online nomination form for the applicable category.
  2. An executive summary of your nomination - highlighting the key elements of your nominee’s overall contribution to the philanthropic community (max. 125 words).
  3. A quote from your nominee highlighting the importance of philanthropy in their life or community (max. 50 words).
  4. An approved, electronic, full-colour photo: a high-resolution formal head shot for an individual nominee or a high-resolution logo for a corporate nominee in one of the following formats: TIF, EPS, JPG.
  5. The completed nomination document: no longer than three pages formatted to 12-point font and 1” margins. Please address each element of the criteria in complete, clear and concise narrative. Entries will be judged on the responses to the criteria outlined.

Supporting documents (such as letters, newspaper articles, etc.) are not accepted. If you are an individual or group that wishes to be recognized with a Giving Heart Award, please connect with your charity of choice to discuss a nomination. Self-nominations are not recommended.

Helpful tip: Start your nomination planning as early as possible. It can often take 3 weeks or more to compile and create a complete nomination.

 

Working with your Nominee

Please note that excerpts from each nomination, including the photo, quote and executive summary will be featured in the Event Program and other AFP National Philanthropy Day promotional materials, websites and social media channels. Please ensure that all information submitted can be shared publicly.

Please discuss your nominee’s availability to attend the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. All Giving Hearts Awards recipients will be requested to be available in early September for a filmed interview which will be featured on-screen during the Luncheon and shared on YouTube post-event. The National Philanthropy Day organizers will make every effort to limit the time required and to schedule around the recipients’ commitments.

 

Adjudication

Senior members of the Vancouver AFP community and media will form the judicial panel for all awards. This judicial panel will review the responses to the criteria on the nominees and will select the final Giving Hearts recipients. The selection of award recipients will be based solely on the information contained in the nomination. The committee may verify the information but will not seek out additional information.

Nominating organizations will be informed of the judging results no later than August 10, 2018.