HUD and USDA Secretaries' Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, announce the 2014 Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

The goal of the Secretaries’ Award is to recognize partnerships that have transformed the relationship between the public and philanthropic sectors through increased economic employment, health, safety, education, sustainability, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, or housing access. Moreover, the award highlights collective impact in increasing the quality of life for low and moderate-income Americans across urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Awards will be presented at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Cleveland.

Nominations and Eligibility

The competition is open to all charitable foundations, including Council members and nonmembers. For purposes of this awards program, a foundation must qualify as either a community foundation or community trust under IRC §§ 501(c)(3), 509(a)(2) and Sec. 1.170A-9(f) of the Treasury Regulations, a private foundation under IRC §§ 501(c)(3) and 509(a) including private operating foundations under 170(b)(1)(F), or a corporate giving program, and must have a primary purpose of (i) supporting charitable activities by making grants to unrelated organizations or institutions or to individuals for scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes or (ii) engaging in direct charitable activities or programs. Additionally, the foundation must be properly organized in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. Foreign citizens can participate as employees of an entity that is properly organized in the United States and maintains a primary place of business in the country. Eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. HUD will not select an individual or entity that is currently on the Excluded Parties List ( as a finalist or winner.

All entries must be completed using the award’s fillable PDF form and submitted by an eligible foundation via e-mail to The deadline for completing submission is 11:59 p.m. PT, Tuesday,June 10, 2014.

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