Award Categories & Criteria

National Philanthropy Day Awards November 14th, 2018

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2018 Winners

WindsorEssex Community Foundation Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
Michael Honey

Caesars Windsor Award for Spirit of Philanthropy
Inspiration 100

The United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex County Award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
Vito Finucci

University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Business or Corporation
Union Gas

Lacasse Printing Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Dylan Verburg

AFP Canada South Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive Professional
Mike Clark


WindsorEssex Community Foundation Award for Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Honouring an individual, family or family foundation 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 personal 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 Award

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)

The United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex County Award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award

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 Award

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 (may include a portion of in-kind support).

  • 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)

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award – Ages 5-25

Honouring an individual 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. (Not open to groups or multiple youth).

  • 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)

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Professional

Recognizing a fundraising executive whose actions and leadership exemplify ethical and effective professional practice and whose performance has enhanced the financial resources and recognition of the organization(s) for which he/she works. Must have actively worked as a professional fundraiser for at least five years prior to this nomination. Current AFP Canada South Board Members, members of the judicial panel and self-nominations are not eligible for this award.

  • Detailed description of how they have enhanced the financial resources and recognition of the organization(s) for which he/she works (0-30 points)
  • Examples of demonstrated strong commitment to philanthropy (0-20 points)
  • Examples of success in recruiting and motivating volunteers and others to support their organization (0-20 points)
  • Description of participation in other local not-for-profit organizations, Boards, Committees, etc. (0-15 points)
  • Describe their leadership, organizational ability & continuing education efforts. (0-15 points)