The Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service AwardThe Distinguished Service Award is known as philanthropy's highest honor, and is awarded to an individual who embodies the qualities that define excellence in philanthropy. It was first presented in 1984, and highlights those who not only have accomplished a great deal in the field of philanthropy, but have done so while exemplifying the intellect, integrity, and leadership to which the field aspires. 

Nomination Process

In order to nominate an organization for the Distinguished Service Award, nominators must complete the online nomination form, including a 750 word statement about how the nominee exemplifies the ideals of the award. The individual must be nominated by a Council member, although Council membership is not required to win.

Benefits for Award Winners

  • The Council will honor award winners in a special ceremony each year.
  • The award winner will gain additional recognition through a profile on the Council's website and blog and potentially through Council-led programming.
  • The Council will issue a press release, which the awardee's organization can use to announce the honor to their community, donors, and other stakeholders.