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Heart of Marin Awards & Heart of Napa Awards

Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.

28th Annual Heart of Marin

Nominations Are Now Open!
This year we have faced, and overcome, many obstacles as a community. It is so important, especially now, to recognize the hard work done by nonprofits, their leaders, and volunteers.

Deadline to submit: Friday, November 13th,
5:00 p.m.

All winners and sponsors

5th Annual Heart of Napa

2020/21 Nominations Open in November!
Stay tuned for more details.

Over 130 nonprofit leaders, volunteers, elected officials, and business members logged into the Virtual Heart of Napa Awards on July 23.

Heart of Marin Awards

In its 28th year, CVNL will grant $35,000 back into the Marin nonprofit community. Award categories 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.

  1. Briefly write a statement demonstrating the organization’s corporate commitment to volunteerism, community service or civic engagement. How does this align with the business’ culture, values and goals?
  2. Give examples of programs or initiatives that have encouraged or demonstrated volunteerism, community service or civic engagement (i.e. matching grants, recruitment and placing of volunteers, board service, recognition, paid time off for service activities).
  3. Describe the measurable outcomes in Marin that have resulted from programs or initiatives, including number of participants. Other data such as hours and/or brief stories are welcome
  4. Focusing on the past 12 months, how has the nominee responded to the increased need of the community?

Co-Sponsored by: PG&E and 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.

  1. Using examples from the past 12 months, describe how the nominee has shown dedication and commitment to the organization or its constituents.
  2. Illustrate how the nominee made a significant, positive impact on the organization or the community it serves during the past 12 months.
  3. Briefly state the organization’s mission and services offered. How long has the nominee volunteered for the organization, including the number of years served and type of service?

Sponsored by: OPEN. Please contact Nora Niesen, Director of Business & Fund Development, for more information at nniesen@cvnl.org or at 415-448-0333.

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.

  1. Describe how the nominee has made a significant, positive and measurable impact on the organization.
  2. How has the nominee demonstrated leadership, dedication and exhibited best practices in nonprofit governance during the past 12 months?
  3. Describe how the nominee has supported a collaborative relationship with the executive director, constituents and/or the community.
  4. Briefly state the organization’s mission and services offered.

Co-sponsored by: Bregante+Company, LLP and 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.

  1. Briefly state the nominee’s mission and services offered.
  2. How has the nominee elevated the field by advancing new approaches, concepts, initiatives, strategies and/or structures that inspire breakthrough thinking and serve as a model for others?
  3. Describe how the innovation reflects responsiveness, good management practices, and effectiveness.
  4. What makes it innovative? Provide a specific example or story that demonstrates utilization of innovation in this practice.
  5. Explain how the level of excellence is assessed and measured: include emerging evidence or results if possible.

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.

  1. Provide the school and grade of the nominee.
  2. Using examples from the past 12 months, illustrate how the nominee has made a significant, positive impact on the organization.
  3. Using examples from the past 12 months, describe how the nominee has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the organization, its constituents and/or the community.
  4. Briefly state the organization’s mission and services offered. How long has the nominee volunteered for the organization, including the number of hours served and type of service?

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.

  1. Briefly state the organization’s mission. Provide date of hire for the nominee. To qualify, the nominee must have held their current position for a minimum of three years.
  2. Describe the programs, strategies and services the nominee implemented to advance the mission of the organization. Include measurable outcomes.
  3. Describe any extraordinary challenges the nominee has overcome and how these challenges were addressed.
  4. What has the nominee done to ensure the organization’s sustainability (i.e. financial, leadership succession, strategic planning, mission relevance, human resources)?
  5. How has the nominee exemplified excellence in leadership and served as a role model among their peers and the community?

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.

  1. Briefly state the orgaization’s mission and services offered.
  2. What community need or problem is addressed? Explain how the organization benefits the constituents/community.
  3. Describe the measurable outputs and outcomes that have resulted from the program(s).
  4. How has the organization demonstrated excellence in programs, financial performance, board and volunteer involvement or resource development
  5. Describe and provide examples of efforts that have been made to ensure organizational stability (i.e. financial, leadership, strategic planning, mission relevance).

Sponsored by: OPEN. Please contact Nora Niesen, Director of Business & Fund Development, for more information at nniesen@cvnl.org or at 415-448-0333.

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. This is the only nomination category where additional material is accepted.

  1. Describe the nominee’s body of work and length of time working consistently, visibly, and persistently to address a cause, issue or discipline. Additional information such as article links, references, letters of support, and/or testimonials are accepted for this award.
  2. How have they addressed or advanced the cause, issue or discipline? Provide specific examples, with dates of occurrence, of the nominee’s significant contributions (i.e. strategy, teaching, program design, approaches, etc.).
  3. Describe the nominee’s leadership history, such as participation on committees or workgroups, with examples of contributions that addressed their cause, issue or discipline.
  4. How does the nominee’s story inspire others to higher standards or raise awareness in addressing a particular cause, issue or discipline?

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

Heart of Napa Awards

In its 5th year, CVNL granted $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.

  • Adventist Health St. Helena
  • Clif Family Winery
  • Kaiser Permanente, Napa-Solano
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley

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.

  • Susan Andrews, Music in the Vineyards
  • Arlene Bates, Napa Valley School Garden Network
  • Terry Butler, Napa Police Department Volunteer Program
  • Dr. Robert Dunham, Operation Access
  • Shannon Hattyar, Girls on the Run Napa & Solano
  • Bruce Johnson, Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Joan Lyon, Community Action Napa Valley (CANV)
  • Karrie Sanderlin, NEWS
  • Rich Whitall, Napa County COOL School Program

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.

  • Maira Ayala, OLE Health
  • Mary Ellen Hester, Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Chuck McMinn, Rail Arts District Napa (RAD Napa)
  • Sandra Re Sims, Aldea Children and Family Services
  • Hilary Zunin, Napa Valley CanDo

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.

  • Mariana Diaz, Teens Connect
  • Averi Dropping, Thirst Project
  • Talulah Finkelstein, Be Kind Napa
  • Sophie Heflebower, Cafeteria Kids Theater
  • Vivian Kammerer, Napa High School
  • Tully Leonard, Calistoga After Class Enrichment Program
  • Annika Lindroos, Women’s March Napa Valley & Arts Council Napa Valley
  • Ashley Lopez-Hernandez, ParentsCAN
  • Alondra Madrigal, NVUSD School Board & Napa Peer Court
  • Deisy Mendoza, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
  • Makenzie Payne, Teens Connect
  • Dareydy Rojas, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
  • Luis Tovar, Calistoga After Class Enrichment Program

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.

  • Jennifer Brusstar, The Tug McGraw Foundation
  • Aimée Guillot & Olivia Cowell, Cafeteria Kids Theater
  • Larry Kromann, Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Erika Lubensky, Community Resources for Children
  • Jeni Olsen, Teens Connect x2
  • Celine Regalia, Collabria Care
  • Pete Shaw, CrossWalk Community Church
  • Pablo Zatarain, Fair Housing Napa Valley

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

  • American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation
  • Cafeteria Kids Theater
  • Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Collabria Care
  • Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV)
  • The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Napa County
  • Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)
  • Napa County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
  • Napa Farmers Market
  • Operation Access
  • Share the Care Napa Valley
  • Teens Connect
  • ZERO Prostate Cancer

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, Napa-Solano

Start preparing for 2020 nominations by reading our nominating procedures and application questions. Nominations officially open this fall, so stay tuned for more details!

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: TBD -January 2021

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 Alanna Wendt at: awendt@cvnl.org