Foundation award nominations due May 9


The Delaware County Foundation is seeking award nominations to recognize those who give back to the community.

The awards honor those whose philanthropic and volunteer contributions benefit Delaware County.

“We have so many people throughout the county who, by their example, inspire others to give of their time or resources to help others,” said Marlene Casini, president of the Delaware County Foundation, “Those recognized are truly inspirational.”

Nominations are being sought in four categories, according to Casini:

• Outstanding Business Award — A business or corporation that demonstrates outstanding sustained commitment to building a culture of civic and charitable engagement through financial support and the creation of a corporate culture that encourages and motivates employees to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community affairs.

• Spirit of Philanthropy Award — An individual or family that demonstrates exceptional personal generosity through a record of outstanding civic and charitable contributions and whose leadership has encouraged others in philanthropic roles.

• Outstanding Volunteer Award — An individual who demonstrates excellence in volunteer service, leading to significant improvements in the quality of life in the community. This individual demonstrates exceptional leadership in recruiting, motivating and coordinating volunteers, devotes great time and effort to the advancement of volunteerism, and has shown deep commitment to voluntary action to address community needs.

• Outstanding Youth or Youth Group Award — An individual youth (up to 21 years of age) or youth group that demonstrates outstanding sustained commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through their work. The individual or group acts as a role model for others and encourages interest in volunteerism and philanthropy.

“It’s important for people to take time to nominate their friends, family members or business associates,” said Julie Weller, co-chair of the awards committee.

Co-chair Mary Homansaid: “It’s easy to write a nomination, but it does take a little time. So we encourage people to start early to meet the May 9 deadline.”

Awardees are determined by a volunteer selection committee representing businesses, nonprofit organizations and youth.

The awards will be presented at the foundation’s “Evening of Generosity” on Oct. 5. The dinner will be at the Polaris Hilton.

Nomination forms are available on the foundation’s website at; by emailing a request to [email protected]; or by calling 614-764-2332.

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Information for this story was provided by the Delaware County Foundation.

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