CVNL Press Release: CVNL Announces Call for Nominations for the 26th Annual Heart of Marin™ Awards

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September 12th, 2018


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CVNL Anounces Call for Nominations for the 26th Anual Heart of Marin

MARIN, CA – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has opened their call for nominations for the 26th Anual Heart of Marin™ Awards. The Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall.

As the largest recognition event in the county, Heart of Marin gives $35,000 to outstanding Marin nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. All nominees and recipients will be honored at the January 10, 2019 event.

Join CVNL and the community by honoring local leaders and their causes. Your nominations will amplify the stories of Marin nonprofits and the passionate individuals who dedicate their work to advancing our communities.

“In busy or challenging times we often forget to pause and reflect on the good work that has been done,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO of CVNL. “Heart of Marin encourages the whole community to share what nonprofits or volunteers have done to make a difference – and thank them for their contributions.”

Whether you nominate every year or have never nominated, CVNL encourages you to take the time to share. A new online nomination process has been implemented to make the process easier than ever. “We’re asking people to nominate online only this year,” said Melissa Stoakley, event manager. “We hope this will make the process more efficient and encourage more people to nominate across our communities.”

The Heart of Marin Awards will recognize and give $5,000 to an individual who has made a positive and notable difference during their career by significantly contributing to address a cause, issue, or discipline with the Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael).

An executive director whose vision has inspired meaningful change will be recognized and receive $5,000 through the Excellence in Leadership Award (sponsored by the Marin Community Foundation).

Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence (sponsored by Nugget Markets) and $5,000 will be awarded to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to their constituents.

The Volunteer of the Year will receive $5,000 and be an individual who has provided outstanding service to a Marin nonprofit (sponsored by Redwood Credit Union).

Five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented to middle or high school students serving a Marin community, education, or faith nonprofit and each will receive $1,000 (sponsored by Bank of Marin).

An exceptional volunteer member of a Marin nonprofit board of directors will be recognized and given $5,000 through the Excellence in Board Leadership Award (sponsored by EO Products and Bregante+Company, LLP).

Excellence in Inovation and an award of $5,000 will be given to an individual or organization that has developed new solutions to address critical issues in our community (sponsored by Comerica Bank).

The Corporate Community Service Award will be given to a business that has encouraged volunteerism among its employees (sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company).

The Marin Independent Journal is the media sponsor.

For event information, nomination submission guidelines, or to purchase tickets or tables, visit

About CVNL
Since 1964, the national award-wining Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging inovation, and empowering individuals throughout the Bay Area. CVNL knows that passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. CVNL works with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level — offering comprehensive programs including education, executive search, consulting, leadership training and recognition. CVNL has a rich history of promoting volunteerism, offering easy-to-access, meaningful opportunities to individuals, families, groups, and businesses. CVNL believes that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. CVNL has served the Bay Area continuously for more than 50 years and expanded to Napa County in 2014 and Solano County in 2016. Visit to discover more.