CVNL Announces Call for Nominations for the 28th Annual Heart of Marin Awards

October 7, 2020

Media Contacts:

Linda Jacobs, CEO


Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley, Director of Marketing & Communications

CVNL Announces Call for Nominations for the
28th Annual Heart of Marin Awards

Where Volunteers, Nonprofits, and Leaders Shine.
Submit Nominations online by Friday November 13th, 2020
SAN RAFAEL, CA, October 7, 2020 – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has opened their call for nominations for the 28th Annual Heart of Marin Awards. Everyone is encouraged to honor the contributions and achievements of nonprofits and leaders who help make our community healthier, happier, and more equitable by submitting nominations online. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 13th, by 5:00 p.m.

CVNL plans to hold this event in-person, following health and safety regulations to ensure public safety. However, if the situation changes, they are prepared to transition to a virtual event. “This year we have faced, and overcome, many obstacles as a community,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO of CVNL. “It is so important, especially now, to recognize the hard work done by local organizations and the individuals who support them. 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 gives $35,000 to outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. Nominations will be accepted in the following award categories: Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael), Excellence in Leadership (sponsored by Marin Community Foundation), Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence (sponsor open), Corporate Community Service (sponsored by PG&E), Excellence in Innovation (sponsored by Comerica Bank), Excellence in Board Leadership (sponsor open), Youth Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Redwood Credit Union) and Volunteer of the Year (sponsorship open). Presenting Sponsor for the 28th Annual Heart of Marin Awards is Bank of Marin, and the Media Sponsor is the Marin Independent Journal. If you are interested in sponsoring an open award category, please contact Nora Niesen, Director of Business & Fund Development, for more information at or at 415-448-0333.

The Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will take place on January 7, 2021 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall. All nominees and recipients will be honored at the January event, whether in-person or virtual.

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ATTACHED PHOTO: 27th Annual Heart of Marin Award recipients

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About CVNL: For over 50 years, CVNL have 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 training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer matching, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™ and Heart of Napa™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, and Sonoma 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 communities. Visit to discover more.