Council Award Programs

Every day, Council members stand at the forefront of innovation, explore creative ways to advance the common good, and find solutions for complex issues in society. For this, the Council's award programs were established to recognize excellence in philanthropy and honor exemplary leaders for their dedication in uplifting the sector.

As we continue this legacy, the Council will award this year the Distinguished Service Award and the Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking.

Nomination Process

In April, the Council opened the nomination process for the Distinguished Service Award and the Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. After receiving several strong applications from the membership, a cross-functional team at the Council reviewed all the nominees and selected seven candidates for the Distinguished Service Award and five candidates for the Robert Scrivner Award.

Voting for the nominees was open until July 7. In August, a task force reflective of the Council membership will select the final winners for each award which will be presented at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations.


Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award, philanthropy’s highest honor, celebrates a visionary leader who inspires and embodies the qualities that define excellence in philanthropy including commitment, courage, entrepreneurship, and impact.

2014 Distinguished Service Award Finalists



Darcy Oman

President and CEO,
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia


Steve Seleznow

President and CEO,
Arizona Community Foundation


Mary Thomas

Chief Operating Officer,
The Spartanburg County Foundation

Learn more about the Nominees and Why They Were Nominated >>


Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking

The Scrivner Award, established in honor of the late Robert Winston Scrivner, honors an innovative grantmaker who, with a combination of vision, principle, and personal commitment, is making a critical difference in a creative way. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates collaboration, risk, and innovation in the sector.

2014 Scrivner Award Finalists



Joan Mellor

Senior Portfolio Lead,
Medtronic Philanthropy


Sarah Cotton Nelson

Chief Philanthropy Officer
Communities Foundation of Texas


Shelley Trott

Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures,
Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Learn more about the Nominees and Why They Were Nominated >>