Award Categories and The Winners!
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - John Barzizza
Recognizes a person who provides exceptional leadership in coordinating fundraising projects or activities for a charitable organization or cause, with a preference for community work that has direct impact in Memphis and the Mid-South. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and the ability to motivate volunteers. By giving generously of his/her time and talents, this person makes a measurable impact on community philanthropy.
Outstanding Philanthropist - The DeAngelo Williams Foundation
Recognizes an individual or family for exceptional generosity and commitment demonstrated by significant financial contributions to charitable organizations. The recipient's personal generosity and community leadership should motivate others to give and to become involved in philanthropy.
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist - Sharnae L. Smith
Recognizes an individual 40 and under for exceptional generosity and civic responsibility demonstrated through financial contributions and volunteerism to charitable organizations.
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization - cityCURRENT
Recognizes a philanthropic corporation, foundation, or organization (e.g. civic groups, volunteer organizations, etc.) whose grant programs, gifts, and charitable activities enrich the community. This organization should be a role model of philanthropic activity serving many segments of the community.
Outstanding Fundraising Executive - Mark Billingsley
Recognizes 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. Nominees must demonstrate strong commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism, and continuing education and have actively worked as a professional fundraiser for at least five years prior to this nomination.
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy - LeBonheur Club Teens
Recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5-23 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.
Fundraising Professionals IDEA Award - Jeanette O'Bryant
Recognizes an individual, family, non-profit organization, corporation, foundation, or civic organization that is committed to the ideals of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in philanthropic giving.