CVNL Announces Call for Nominations for the 6th Annual Heart of Napa Awards

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CVNL Announces Call for Nominations for the 6th Annual Heart of Napa Awards

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Submit Nominations online by Friday January 22nd, 5:00 p.m.

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NAPA, CA, 12/1/20 – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has opened their call for nominations for the 6th Annual Heart of Napa Awards. Heart of Napa will be the most visible and celebratory platform to honor individuals and groups in Napa County who have stepped up in heroic ways during COVID-19 in 2020. Everyone is encouraged to honor the contributions and achievements of nonprofits, leaders, and volunteers by submitting nominations online by Friday, January 22nd, 5:00 p.m.

CVNL had to postpone then switch to a virtual platform last year, days before the event was scheduled to happen due to the government shut down. The virtual event was a huge success, and CVNL will once again be holding the event online, following health and safety regulations to ensure public safety.

For the first time, and in response to the ongoing pandemic, the event will be free to all community members. “Celebrating the work and successes of our nonprofit community is more important than ever,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO of CVNL. “We know many nonprofits have pivoted in creative and courageous ways this year to carry out their missions, programs, and activities.”

As the largest recognition event in the county, Heart of Napa gives $22,500 to outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. Nominations will be accepted in the following award categories: Excellence in Leadership (sponsored by Marin Community Foundation), Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence (sponsored by Kaiser Napa-Solano), Corporate Community Service (sponsored by PG&E), Excellence in Board Leadership (sponsored by Comerica Bank), Youth Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Redwood Credit Union) and Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Syar Foundation). “Take a moment to review the six award categories and nominate in as many as you can: let’s recognize the humanity of those who work and volunteer within our nonprofit sector,” said Jacobs.

The Virtual Awards Ceremony will take place on March 18, 2021, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. All nominees and recipients will be honored at the event.

Submit your nominations or reserve your seats for the virtual event by visiting The community is also encouraged to make a donation to support future events: “Anyone who produces events knows they require substantial staff time and resources to execute well,” said Jacobs. “Ticket and table fees have been waived for this year as we know many people in our community are struggling. Please consider donating upon check-out to help support future Napa activities, which we all benefit from.”

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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.