Heart of SONOMA COUNTY AWARDS
Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.
Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.
Every day, passionate individuals like you dedicate their work to advancing our communities. CVNL will honor local leaders and their causes at the 1st Annual Heart of Sonoma County Awards on Thursday, June 24, 2021. You’re invited to submit nominees for our inaugural event in eight different award categories.
All nominees will be recognized at the event in June, and recipients will be announced in each category for work done in 2020. Thanks to the generosity of our Awards Sponsors, we will be able to give $35,000 back to deserving organizations. Let’s recognize the humanity of those who work and volunteer within our nonprofit sector!
Award categories and corresponding questions are listed below:
The Volunteer of the Year Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an individual (other than a board member) who has provided exemplary volunteer service to a Sonoma County nonprofit organization.
Sponsored by: Exchange Bank
The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Sonoma County nonprofit board of directors.
The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.
The Excellence in Innovation Award and $5,000 will be presented to an individual, organization, or partnership that has developed new, creative, and effective strategies for advancing solutions to critical issues in our community.
Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente Marin-Sonoma
Up to five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards of $1,000 each will be presented to full-time middle or high school students serving a Sonoma County nonprofit in the community, education, or faith environment.
Sponsored by: Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund
The Excellence in Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an executive director who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefiting the organization and community.
Sponsored by: Medtronic
The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to its constituents.
Sponsored by: Community Foundation Sonoma County
The Lifetime Achievement Award and $5,000 for the individual’s nonprofit(s) will be presented to an individual who has made a positive and notable difference during their career by significantly contributing to address a cause, issue, or discipline. This is the only nomination category where additional material is accepted.
Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union
Please complete your nominations online according to these FAQ’s:
The deadline for nominations is April 30th, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. All nominations are being accepted online here.
You may nominate in multiple categories and self-nominations are accepted, although we welcome you to nominate a community partner who inspires the work you do.
Please review the questions associated with each award category. You will be required to respond to these in your narrative.
The submitted narrative should be in 12-point font, 1” margins, and may not exceed three (3) pages. No supplementary materials will be accepted and could disqualify your submission (unless you are submitting a nomination for Lifetime Achievement).
Answer each question as completely as possible, providing data/outcomes/examples if asked.
It is fine if your work goes outside of Sonoma County, but remember this is an award for service in the particular county – focus on that within your narrative/s.
After completing your online nomination, an automatic email will be sent to the email provided for the nominee and nominator letting them know of the successful submission.
We’re excited to bring this recognition event to our Sonoma County community!
Heart events have celebrated the achievements of nonprofits and volunteers for decades. We have produced similar events – Heart of Marin and Heart of Napa Awards – for years, and have been able to award hundreds of thousands of dollars back to nonprofits and the individuals who serve them.
Heart of Sonoma County will not only help support nonprofits with critical funds, but provide a platform for sharing success stories, innovative strategies, and information on services offered with the broader community. Now more than ever nonprofits deserve recognition for the life-changing, vital services they provide every day.
The community is encouraged to nominate in all award categories. Award category panels are hand-selected and meet to select recipients in each category. CVNL facilitates these panels, but does not have a vote.
Everyone is invited to attend the awards ceremony where the recipients are announced and all nominees are recognized for their contributions. It is an afternoon filled with inspiration, gratitude, and some (happy) tears!
That’s great! Each nomination received is reviewed and judged separately by Award Panelists. However, the number of times someone is nominated does not influence the likelihood of that person/organization being selected as the recipient. This is why it is so important that you submit complete and thoughtful nominations which address ALL of the corresponding questions.
The event is our opportunity to publicly acknowledge all nominees and their commitments to the community. Since we do not announce award recipients in advance, all nominees are expected to attend. This year’s event is free for all community members!
We’d love to see you there – click here to register.
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We are currently seeking Award Sponsors in the following categories (partial sponsorship may be available in some categories):
We are offering the event for free this year, so donations are welcome and appreciated. You can text-to-donate or click below to donate online. Thank you for your support!
Text “CVNL” to 930-212-3456 to donate now.