PRESS RELEASE: Call for Nominations Open for 29th Annual Heart of Marin Awards™

November 3, 2021

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Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley Director, Marketing & Communications 

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Submit Nominations online by Friday November 19, 2021, 5:00 PM

SAN RAFAEL, CA, November 3, 2021 – Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has opened their call for nominations for the 29th 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.  

“Due to our full lives and busy schedules, especially the last nineteen months, 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 gives $35,000 to outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them.  

Nominations are accepted in the following award categories:  

Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Leadership, Achievement in Nonprofit ExcellenceCorporate Community Service, Excellence in InnovationExcellence in Board LeadershipYouth Volunteer of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.  

The Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will take place on January 13, 2021, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Bill and Adele Jonas Center at the College of Marin in Novato. All nominees and recipients will be honored at the January event. Tickets will go on sale soon at 

The 29th Annual Heart of Marin Awards will be a hybrid, in-person and virtual, event with limited in-person seating for fully vaccinated attendees.  

“We are excited to be hosting this event at a new venue and in-person,” said Jacobs. “It’s been too long since we’ve been together face-to-face and experienced the energy and emotion that comes with recognition.”  

Submit your nominations online by November 19, 2021, 5:00 PM at

Presenting Sponsor for the 29th Annual Heart of Marin Awards is Bank of Marin, and the Media Sponsor is the Marin Independent Journal. Award Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente (Lifetime Achievement), Marin Community Foundation (Excellence in Leadership), Redwood Credit Union (Youth Volunteer of the Year), and Comerica Bank (Excellence in Innovation).  

We are seeking sponsors for the Corporate Community Service, Volunteer of the Year, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence, and Excellence in Board Leadership Awards. For more information contact Alie Berka, Development Manager, at  

About CVNL: For over 50 years, 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 and volunteers 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 services, 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 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, Solano, and Sonoma Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders and volunteers, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. Visit to discover more.