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Heart of Marin Awards & Heart of Napa Awards

Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.

28th Annual Heart of Marin

Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s event. Nearly 600 people logged on to celebrate the nominees and 2020 award recipients (download the program here). We will share the recording with you ASAP. 

Thank you to everyone who nominated!
Click here to review the nominees

2020 heart of marin award recipients

6th Annual Heart of Napa

Nominations are now open! Deadline: January 22, by 5:00pm. 

Now, more than ever, we need to share the untold stories of Napa nonprofits and the dedicated people who support them. Nominate an organization or individual this year for making a difference in one of the six award categories.

Heart of Napa Awards

In its 6th year, CVNL will grant $22,500 back into the Napa nonprofit community in honor of leaders in the following award categories:

The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.

Sponsored by: PG&E

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 Napa nonprofit organization.

Sponsored by: Syar Foundation

The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $2,500 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Napa nonprofit board of directors.

Sponsored by: Comerica Bank

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 Napa nonprofit in the community, education, or faith environment.

Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union

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.

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: Kaiser Permanente, Napa-Solano

Prepare for 2020 nominations by reading our nominating procedures and application questions

Heart of Marin Awards

In its 28th year, CVNL granted $35,000 back into the Marin nonprofit community. Award categories and nominees are listed below:

The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.

2K Games
First Republic Bank
Giving Marin c/o Marin IJ
Toys for Bob

Sponsored by: BioMarin

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 Marin nonprofit organization.

Susan Brennan,  St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin
Dawn Beavis, The Marine Mammal Center
Nancy Curran,  Canal Alliance
Buddy Faure, San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Jim Finkelstein, Halleck Creek Ranch
Viviana Garcia, Enriching Lives through Music
Erica Hunt, Marin Community Clinics
Erin Kane, Alzheimer’s Association
Dale Kline, School Fuel – the Novato Foundation for Public Education
Nancy Malcolm, Vivalon/Whistlestop
Pat Mount, Social Call, A Covia Community Service
Dennis Orwig, Extrafood.org
Richard Slusher, Buckelew Programs
Lindsey Smith, Multicultural Center of Marin
Benjamin Stahl, Operation Access / MarinHealth Medical Network / Prima Medical Group
Erin Uesugi, Lifehouse

Sponsored by: PG&E

The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Marin nonprofit board of directors.

Jeane Allen, HumanKind Alliance
Judy Binsacca, EAH Housing
Brandon Brown, Youth Leadership Institute
Vivan Cohen, Osher Marin JCC
Nick Dieter, Becoming Independent
Trisha Garlock, SchoolsRule Marin
Michelle Kenney, Conservation Corps North Bay
Joy Phoenix, Side by Side
Chip Smith, Marin Humane
Ed Westbrook, Friends of China Camp Inc.

Sponsored by: EO Products

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.

Agricultural Institute of Marin
Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity
America SCORES Bay Area
Bridge the Gap College Prep
Enriching Lives through Music
Extrafood.org
GraceSigns
Marin Humane
Osher Marin JCC
Parent Services Project
People with Disabilities Succeeding (PDS)
Marin County Cooperation Teams
Side by Side / YouThrive

Sponsored by: Comerica Bank

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 Marin nonprofit in the community, education, or faith environment.

Hollis Belger, Juggling for Jude
Natalia Betzler, Love is the Answer (LITA)
August Buessing, St Vincent de Paul Society of Marin 
Diego Chavarria, Youth Leadership Institute
David Chivers, Shore Up Marin; First Baptist Church
Leslye Deleon, Next Generation Scholars
David Fox, LEAP
Jessica Gennon, Bay Area Community Resources
Ella Green, Marin County Office of Education
Alex Paloglou, Beyond Differences
Lucas Tress, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit
Amrit Baveja Beck Lorsch, MarinTrace

Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union

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.

Robin Joy Berenson, Community Institute for Psychotherapy
Omar Carerra, Canal Alliance
Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios
Dave Cort, San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Kelli Finley, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Marin
Maika Llorens Gulati, Slide Ranch
Joe O’Hehir, Vivalon
Dr. Mitesh Popat, Marin Community Clinics
Barbara Sabido, Marin Foster Care Association
Cherie Sorokin, Marin Villages
Marv Zauderer, Extrafood.org

Sponsored by: Marin Community Foundation 

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to its constituents.

Age-Friendly Solutions (Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center)
Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity
Beyond Differences
Big Skils Tiny Homes
Canal Alliance
Ceres Community Project
Children for Change
Community Action Marin
Family & Children’s Law Center
Gilead House
GraceSigns
Marin Community Clinics
Marin County Cooperation Teams
North Bay Industries
North Marin Community Services
Opening the World
Performing Stars of Marin
Side by Side/Irene M. Hunt School
Slide Ranch
Sparkle Foundation
Veterans and Equines Together

The Lifetime Achievement Award and $5,000 for a nonprofit of their choice 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. 

Dr. Thomas Peters
Marian Huntington
Trisha Garlock

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

Thank you Presenting Sponsor

At Bank of Marin, they serve Bay Area businesses and the people who run them, providing insight, guidance, and support as part of the legendary service that is our hallmark. Community commitment is one of their core values as they truly believe that strong communities benefit everyone. In the words of their founder, Bill Murray, “If we do good, then everybody does better.”

Nominating Procedures

These are applicable for events in both counties. Please complete your nominations online according to these FAQ:

Online submissions must be received no later than 5:00 pm following the applicable deadlines:

HEART OF MARIN: November 13, 2020, by 5:00 pm
HEART OF NAPA: January 22, 2021, 5:00 pm

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 application 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 in Marin).

The luncheon 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. Mark your calendars early and secure your tickets before the holidays – they tend to sell out!

It is fine if your work goes outside of Marin/Napa but remember this is an award for service in the particular county – focus on that within your narratives.

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.

This year's Award Sponsors include...

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2020 Media Sponsor

Questions?

Email Dawn Bell at: dbell@cvnl.org