CVNL Press Release, Heart of Marin Nominations deadline, 11/12

October 29, 2015


Media Contacts:

Linda Davis
415.479.5710 x300


Peter Rodgers
Director of Marketing & Communications

Note: photos available upon request


Nomination Deadline for Heart of Marin,
November 12, 2015

Anual community recognition event will give
$35,000 back to Marin nonprofits

SAN RAFAEL, CA — Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) encourages the community to submit nominations for the 23rd Anual Heart of Marin™ Awards, to be held on January 7, 2016, 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.

“The Heart of Marin Awards is my favorite activity produced by CVNL,” said Linda Davis, CEO of CVNL. “I cherish the time with the community to acknowledge and celebrate the generosity and spirit of giving that exists in Marin.”

The deadline for nominations is November 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. To submit a nomination, download a form at or call (415) 479-5710. Completed nominations must be mailed to, or dropped off, at CVNL, 65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 101, San Rafael, CA 94903. Tickets for the Awards ceremony and luncheon, can be purchased online, or by contacting CVNL.

Produced by CVNL and presenting sponsor Union Bank, the Heart of Marin Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the following categories: Volunteer of the Year, Excellence in Board Leadership, Excellence in Leadership, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence, Excellence in Inovation, Lifetime Achievement, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Corporate Community Service. Recipients in the first six categories will be awarded $5,000 each for their organizations. Additionally, five youth will be presented with $1,000 each. All nominees and recipients will be honored at the January 7, 2016 event.

In addition to presenting sponsor Union Bank, the Awards are sponsored by Redwood Credit Union (Volunteer of the Year), Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael (Excellence in Board Leadership), Marin Community Foundation (Excellence in Leadership), Autodesk, Inc. (Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence), Bregante + Company LLP CPAs (Corporate Community Service), Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital (Lifetime Achievement), International ProInsurance and Pacific Union (Excellence in Inovation), and Bank of Marin (Youth Volunteer of the Year). The Marin IJ is the media sponsor.

Direct link for nomination information and ticket purchases.

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 Marin County continuously for more than 50 years and expanded to Napa County in July, 2014, and is the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) for Marin and Napa Counties.


Event: 2015 CVNL Heart of Marin Awards Celebration and Luncheon at Marin Center Exhibition Hall, January 8, 2015

Photo credit: Stuart Lirette

2015 CVNL Heart of Marin Award recipients (left to right); Bob Rosenberg, Marin County School Volunteers — Excellence in Board Leadership; Ruth Schwartz, Respecting Our Elders — Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence; Mary Kay Sweeny, Homeward Bound of Marin — Excellence in Inovation; Tyler Barbee — Youth Volunteer of the Year; Helen Rogers, Next Generation Scholars — Volunteer of the Year; Paul Fordham, Homeward Bound of Marin — Excellence in Inovation; Ethel Seiderman — Lifetime Achievement; Dona Garske, Center for Domestic Peace — Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence; Cassandra Flipper, Bread & Roses — Excellence in Leadership; Harrison Jantze — Youth Volunteer of the Year; Rachel Rothken — Youth Volunteer of the Year; Laura Dickinson — Youth Volunteer of the Year; Maryane Gray, Genworth — Corporate Community Service; and Marlon Alvarez (not pictured) — Youth Volunteer of the Year.