Philanthropy Awards Luncheon 2019

Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

With more than 1,000 members of the nonprofit and business community attending every year, the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is Kansas City's oldest and largest celebration of giving. The funds raised at the Luncheon allow Nonprofit Connect to continue to offer education, resources and networking so that area nonprofit organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.

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36th Annual Philanthropy Awards
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

2020 Philanthropy Awards Nominations

The Philanthropy Awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to impact through philanthropy in Kansas City. During the past 35 years, Nonprofit Connect has recognized over 200 honorees at the annual luncheon.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their work in Kansas City? Nominate an Honoree!

Nomination Instructions

Nominations must be submitted using the online Nomination Form.

  • Nomination Form  - Includes two to four open-ended questions that match the bulleted criteria under each category (listed below).
  • Letters of Recommendation - Please provide two letters of recommendation in support of this nomination, no longer than one page each in length, written by another entity besides the nominator. Letters must be uploaded to the online Nomination Form.

Questions? Please contact 816-888-5600 or events@npconnect.org.

Nomination Timeline

The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019.

A diverse selection committee of prior recipients and community leaders reviews all nominations and selects honorees. Nominations are reviewed in December 2019. Nominators are notified of the committee's decision in January 2020.

Nomination Criteria

Previous award recipients are not eligible for nomination for the same award. Past nominees that were not selected may be nominated again.

New this year, it is required that all previous nominations be updated and resubmitted to be considered. If you would like a copy of your previous entry, please contact Nonprofit Connect.

Nominees must live and work in the Kansas City area, and the impact of their philanthropic work should focus on the Kansas City area.

All candidates must be available to attend the Luncheon in May 13, 2020, in addition to being available for any pre-event production in Spring 2020. (Nonprofit Connect verifies this information upon selection.)

All nominations are confidential, and Nonprofit Connect will not contact nominees unless they are selected.

Nomination Categories

Philanthropist of the Year

  • Evidence of outstanding civic responsibility as demonstrated by contributions of financial resources and voluntary commitment of time
  • Willingness to serve in leadership roles, providing vision and the ability to involve others in philanthropic activity
  • Demonstrated impact of creativity in philanthropic efforts
  • May be an individual, couple or family

Emerging Philanthropist of the Year

  • Evidence of outstanding civic responsibility as demonstrated by contributions of financial resources and voluntary commitment of time
  • Willingness to serve in leadership roles, providing vision and the ability to involve others in philanthropic activity
  • Demonstrated impact of creativity in philanthropic efforts
  • May be an individual, couple or family
  • Philanthropic leadership experience not to exceed 10 years

Nonprofit Professional of the Year

  • Professional leadership including demonstration of breadth of responsibility, creativity, ability to build relationships and technical skills
  • Use of innovative approaches to achieve measurable gains in organizational performance and efficiency
  • Length and content of nonprofit leadership experience

Emerging Nonprofit Professional of the Year

  • Professional leadership including demonstration of breadth of responsibility, creativity, ability to build relationships and technical skills
  • Use of innovative approaches to achieve measurable gains in organizational performance and efficiency
  • Nonprofit leadership experience not to exceed 10 years

Volunteer of the Year

  • Significant impact made in the community through volunteer service
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to motivate and recruit others as volunteers
  • Depth, length and variety of service as a volunteer
  • May be an individual, couple or family

Emerging Volunteer of the Year

  • Significant impact made in the community through volunteer service
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to motivate and recruit others as volunteers
  • Depth, length and variety of service as a volunteer
  • May be an individual, couple or family
  • Volunteer leadership experience not to exceed 10 years

Excellence in Impact

  • Presented to a high-performing nonprofit whose programs and services set a high standard of quality and create meaningful social change in the Kansas City community
  • This organization clearly defines its vision and aligns its mission and priorities with its end goal, maximizing its ability to achieve social change
  • This organization can demonstrate evidence based, measurable outcomes

Excellence in Collaboration

  • Presented to a nonprofit organization and another entity, i.e. business, foundation, government agency or nonprofit, whose collective work is creating system-wide change on a complex social issue in our community
  • By joining forces and leveraging combined resources, this strategic and ongoing partnership achieves greater results than one entity could achieve on its own
  • Nominations for this award should be submitted by one entity on behalf of the partnership

Business Philanthropist of the Year

  • Outstanding social responsibility through financial and/or employee volunteer support
  • Demonstrated impact of philanthropic efforts in the community
  • Commitment to promoting philanthropy within the business
2019 Philanthropy Awards Honorees

Recent Honorees

Philanthropist of the Year
2019 - Deanna & Greg Graves
2018 - Tom Isenberg, John Isenberg & Carol Barnett
2017 - Dr. William A. & Mary Reed
2016 - Marlys & Michael Haverty

Emerging Philanthropist of the Year
2019 - Darren Prenger
2018 - Randy & Cheryl Reinhardt
2017 - Jessica Best & Brian Stewart
2016 - Jennifer Matney

Business Philanthropist of the Year
2019 - CommunityAmerica Credit Union
2018 - H&R Block
2017 - The Miller Group
2016 - Kansas City Chiefs

Nonprofit Professional of the Year
2019 - Randy Wisthoff
2018 - Jeffrey Bentley
2017 - Frank Byrne
2016 - Wayne Sims

Emerging Nonprofit Professional of the Year
2019 - Gillian Helm
2018 - Jeremy Lillig
2017 - Sarah Reape
2016 - Deborah Wiebrecht

Volunteer of the Year
2019 - Joseph Jacobs III
2018 - Kevin Connor
2017 - Linda & Terry Ward
2016 - Peggy & Terry Dunn

Emerging Volunteer of the Year
2019 - Chris Rosburg
2018 - Nicole Jacobs-Silvey
2017 - Jake Jacobson
2016 - Rachel Hack Merlo

Excellence in Impact Award
2019 - Giving the Basics with KCMO Police Department and KCMO School District
2018 - United Way 2-1-1 of Greater Kansas City
2017 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
2016 - Community Services League

Excellence in Collaboration Award
2019 - Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
2018 - Women's Foundation & City of Kansas City, Missouri
2017 - Artists Helping the Homeless & Saint Luke's Hospital
2016 - Kansas City, Kansas Police Department & Rainbow Services, Inc.

Special Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 - David Renz, Ph.D.

Past Honoree Videos

2019 Honorees

2018 Honorees

2017 Honorees

Questions

For questions about the Luncheon, please contact events@npconnect.org.