I got an email from Gibney Communications about the Philanthropist of the Year awards. I think the awards havent as many nominations as they would like, which is a shame, so if you are a non profit I would encourage you to nominate:
The Community Foundation for Ireland today issued a final call to clubs and organisations throughout the country to get nominations in for the 2008 Philanthropist of the Year Awards. With entries closing on Monday, 6th October local groups can still see their benefactors honoured alongside last years winners J.P. McManus and Niall Mellon. A special “Local Heroes” category has been added this year.
The annual awards recognise the vision and generosity of Irish philanthropists who make a huge impact on communities and voluntary organisations in their local communities and abroad.
Nominations can be made easily online and nomination forms are available at www.foundation.ie. The Community Foundation for Ireland is urging community and voluntary organisations, charities, welfare groups, arts and sports bodies, churches and foundations that work in partnership with philanthropists to submit their nominations. These groups have intimate knowledge of the value and impact of the contribution and benefit that a donor has made.
Last year’s winners were J.P. McManus, who was named Philanthropist of the Year – Ireland and Niall Mellon who was awarded Philanthropist of the Year – International. “We had two very deserving winners last year. They demonstrated the vision, passion and generosity that true philanthropy is about,” said Community Foundation for Ireland Chief Executive Tina Roche.
This year’s new category Philanthropist of the Year – Local specifically focuses on individuals whose philanthropy is focused on local or regional projects that have made a significant impact in their communities.
Tina Roche added, “We are really excited about the new local category added to the awards. We want to highlight and celebrate individuals that have decided to make a real difference in their local communities. It is not always easy for us to find out about the great work that is being done at a local level and that is why we are calling on all members of the local community to help us nominate worthy individuals for this award”.