Award Categories & Criteria

National Philanthropy Day Awards November 18th, 2016

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WindsorEssex Community Foundation Award for Outstanding Philanthropist

Honouring an individual or family who has demonstrated outstanding civic, and philanthropic leadership through a proven record of exceptional generosity and financial support. Nominees must have encouraged and motivated others to take similar leadership roles toward philanthropy at local, national and international levels.

  • Description of participation and impact of gift support in the community, locally, nationally and/or internationally. (0-70 points)
  • Examples of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy (i.e. challenge gifts, matching gifts, volunteering, etc.) (0-30 points)

Caesars Windsor Award for Spirit of Philanthropy

Honouring a private foundation, special-purpose philanthropic group or group of individuals in Windsor-Essex County who has exhibited outstanding commitment to philanthropy and community involvement. This is demonstrated through financial support, generous contributions of time, encouragement, and motivation of others to follow their lead.

The nominee(s) for this award inspire(s) others to be more engaged and give back to their community. This award seeks to honor those who are seldom honored and to give recognition to those who often go unrecognized

  • Evidence of philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving problems locally, nationally and/or internationally. (0-45 points)
  • Description of impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the foundation’s or philanthropic group’s efforts. (0-35 points)
  • Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. (0-20 points)

United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex Award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer 

Honouring an individual or family who exhibits an outstanding ability to coordinate and motivate groups of volunteers for fundraising projects to benefit charitable institutions. The recipient must demonstrate exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for one or more not-for-profit organization(s).

  • Examples of leadership and organizational ability. (0-25 points)
  • Description of time, effort, and financial commitment. (0-25 points)
  • Examples of success in recruiting and motivating others. (0-20 points)
  • Description of fund-raising goals achieved by his/her effort. (0-15 points)
  • Description of participation in other local not-for-profit organizations. (0-15 points)

University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Business or Corporation

Honouring a business or corporation who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to philanthropy and community involvement. This is recognized through financial support, encouragement, and motivation of others to take leadership roles.

  • Examples of philanthropic support within our community using innovative approaches. (0-45 points)
  • Description of impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts. (0-30 points)
  • Examples of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. (0-25 points)

Cypher Systems Group Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy  

Honouring an individual or group of youth ages 5-25, who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

  • Describe fundraising initiatives – include items such as process, goal, time, talent required to achieve initiative, results that were achieved, and other people involved in the process (adult leaders / advisors if applicable). (0-40 points)
  • Describe the impact the nominee had on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial impact, organizations helped, etc. (0-40 points)
  • Long term (1-2 years) impact on the nominee’s initiative. Will the project(s) be ongoing and has the nominee considered next steps? Can this serve as a prototype for others? (0-20 points)