Arlington, Va.—The Council on Foundations today announced that Darren Sandow, executive director of the Hagedorn Foundation, will receive the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, Tuesday, April 9, at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Chicago.
This award is a tribute to the creative legacy left by Robert W. Scrivner, a longtime director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the first executive director of the Rockefeller Family Fund. It is presented to someone who personifies his leadership, his devotion to upstanding values, and his energy, enthusiasm, and optimism.
Sandow, this year’s recipient, joined the Hagedorn Foundation 2005 and is fully committed to its mission of providing direct services in three areas: children, youth, and families; civic engagement; and immigration. Among his many accomplishments, he has spearheaded several cutting-edge initiatives that help diminish tensions between established residents and newly arrived immigrants.
“The more the reality settles in of this honor, the more humbled I become that I'm now walking in the footsteps of some of my philanthropic heroines and heroes,” Sandow said. “Beyond me or the Hagedorn Foundation, however, I see this award as a recognition of the brave and creative hard work of our grantees. I’d like to offer my profound thanks to the Council and the Scrivner Nominating and Selection task forces.”
“Darren Sandow’s commitment to his foundation’s mission fosters positive and lasting changes not only in the communities his foundation serves, but across the entire philanthropic sector,” said Vikki Spruill, the Council’s president and CEO. “This important work is a perfect example of how philanthropy creates hope and opportunities when neither seems possible. Congratulations to Darren on this recognition—it is truly well-deserved.”
“Darren is one of those rare people who combines hard work with true innovation and a willingness to push aside boundaries and take risks in the pursuit of creative ways to tackle two of today’s thorniest problems: immigration and voter engagement,” said Geri Mannion, director of the U.S. Democracy Program at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and chair of the Scrivner Selection Task Force. “He also is a true collaborator, reaching out to work with a wide range of partners from the public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.”
The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.