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 Awards Program was established to recognize excellence in philanthropy and to honor exemplary leaders for their dedication to uplifting the sector.

As we continue this legacy, we'd like to congratulate and honor the winners of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, and Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications.

The call for nominations for the 2017 Awards Program will be announced in early Fall 2016.

2016 Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award, philanthropy’s highest honor, celebrates visionary leaders who inspire and embody the qualities that define excellence in philanthropy—commitment, courage, entrepreneurship, and impact.

Ira Hirschfield

Ira Hirschfield
President and Trustee
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Carol Larson
President and CEO
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

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.

Helen Brunner
Advisor to the Quixote Foundation's media reform program & Founding Director of the Media Democracy Fund

Wilmer Shields Rich Award

The Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications spotlights the communications strategies of foundations and corporate giving programs. Created in 1984 and named in honor of the first executive director of the National Council on Community Foundations (now the Council on Foundations), the award is bestowed on an organization that has creatively and effectively implemented strategic communications to further their mission and goals, and has provided models of excellence to the field of philanthropy.

Global Greengrants Fund