Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership Announces Call for Nominations for the 31st Annual Heart of Marin Awards (TM).

Where Volunteers, Nonprofits, and Leaders Shine.

Nominations are open September 12, 2023 – October 20, 2023.

Nominate online here

SAN RAFAEL, CA, September 12, 2023 – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) announces the 31st Annual Heart of Marin Awards call for nominations. Everyone is encouraged to honor the contributions and achievements of Marin County nonprofits and their volunteers and leaders who help make our community healthier, happier, and more equitable.

Heart of Marin celebrates eight unique categories of community service and distributes $35,000 in awards annually. Everyone is encouraged to nominate, and self-nominations are welcomed. Nominations are accepted online beginning September 12 through October 20, midnight.

“Due to our full lives and busy schedules, we often forget to pause and reflect on the good work that has been accomplished in our communities,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO of CVNL. “Heart of Marin encourages the whole community to share what nonprofits and volunteers have done to make a difference – and thank them for their contributions.”

As the largest recognition event in the county, Heart of Marin celebrates nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them.

Nominations are accepted in the following award categories:

Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Leadership, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence, Corporate Community Service, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Board Leadership, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

The 31st Annual Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will take place on January 11, 2024, from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903. All nominees and recipients will be honored at the January event. Reserve tickets and tables at

“Heart of Marin returns this year to the Marin Civic Center where we will be able to accommodate a larger audience,” says Linda Jacobs. Our hearts are filled with joy to recognize and celebrate the work of Marin nonprofits and their volunteers and leaders, and we welcome everyone to join us.”

Submit your nominations by October 20, 2023, midnight

The presenting Sponsor for the 31st Annual Heart of Marin Awards is Bank of Marin, and the Media Sponsor is the Marin Independent Journal. Award Sponsors include Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (Corporate Community Services), PG&E (Excellence in Innovation), BioMarin (Excellence in Leadership), Redwood Credit Union (Youth Volunteer of the Year), Comerica Bank (Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence), and Kaiser Permanente San Rafael-Petaluma (Lifetime Achievement). Award sponsorship opportunities are available for: Volunteer of the Year and Excellence in Leadership.

For sponsorship information and opportunities contact: Linda Jacobs, CVNL CEO,

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About CVNL

Since 1964, CVNL has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including Learning & Leadership programs and trainings, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer matching, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™, Heart of Napa™ and Heart of Sonoma County events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma County Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Paratransit. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, Sonoma and Solano Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy and more equitable communities. Visit to discover more.