Council Awards Programs

council awards logoThe Council on Foundations’ Awards Program recognizes excellence in philanthropy and honors exemplary leaders for their dedication to exploring creative ways to advance the common good and fund solutions for complex issues.

The Council Awards are presented annually alongside our Member Meeting and include the Distinguished Service Award and the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. These two awards have been presented by the Council since the 1980s. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individual leaders in philanthropy, while the Scrivner Award recognizes an exceptional grantmaking organization or group of organizations.


2021 Council Awards

Distinguished Service Award

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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. Previous winners have been noted philanthropic leaders who have both mobilized and unified people and institutions within communities to produce tangible results to improve people's lives and raise the capacity of others to advance the common good.

2021 Honoree

Tara McKenzie Sandercock

Tara McKenzie Sandercock
Senior Advisor to the President
Community Foundation for Greater Greensboro


Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking

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The Scrivner Award was established in 1984 in honor of the creative legacy of the late Robert Winston Scrivner, former staff associate of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the first executive director of the Rockefeller Family Fund. Friends and colleagues of Scrivner established the award to honor outstanding creativity. It honors an innovative grantmaker who, with a combination of vision, principle, and personal commitment, is making a critical difference in a creative way.

2021 Honoree

General Service Foundation

General Service Foundation