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 Community Awards

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The submission period for the 2022 Leading the Way awards is now CLOSED. Thank you for your nominations. We look forward to recognizing all honorees at this year’s Leading the Way event on November 3, 2022 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. To register for this event or to view our exciting sponsorship opportunities, please click here


Congratulations to our 2022 Leading the Way Honorees:

Leading the Way Awardee: San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants organization, on and off the field, embrace their responsibility to lift our community. Players and other uniformed personnel use their platforms to elevate important community initiatives, causes and issues through appearances, fundraising support, financial contributions and media engagement. The Giants Community Relations Department annually executes in-kind donations and a ticket donation program supporting underserved groups, first responders and local nonprofits.  

In addition to traditional Giants give-back programs, the Giants Community Fund has donated $38 million over the last three decades to empower 370,000+ children to be Giants on the field, in the classroom and in the community, best known for its flagship program, Junior Giants, and recently launched Willie Mays Scholars Program to address the racial and academic inequalities faced by San Francisco’s Black youth. A strong commitment to their community further supports the Giants' mission to strive to be champions on and off the field. 

Leading the Way Emerging Leader Awardee: Joey Toboni

Along with employing over 50 people at The Toboni Group, Joey serves as a role model in making the bay area a better place by serving on the board of multiple non-profits. Joey currently serves on two boards: The Hibernian Newman Club where he was President from 2019 to 2021 (supporting the Newman Club at SFSU), and Seven Tepees Youth Program (a unique support model based on the premise that a long-term investment in the lives of participating youth is essential in order to make a difference in their lives). Joey is also the co-founder of College Labor, an organization that helps mitigate the burden of student debt by connecting qualified and vetted College Students who are seeking work with people and businesses in the community who need help with odd jobs, chores and tasks. And, as an emerging leader, Joey has been mentoring San Francisco youth in the Big Brother Big Sisters of America here in the Bay Area since 2010. 

Most notably, Toboni is the Founder and Board President of the Affordability Project. Realizing that to build workforce housing for the middle class without accepting the sort of public subsidies( tax credits and affordable housing bonds) that finance most of the city’s affordable housing he could bypass the red tape required for public subsidized housing.  With his partners, he developed a plan to build affordable housing at half the cost for teachers, health care workers, and other local middle class workforce. Joey plans to build 2,000 affordable workforce units in the next 10 years in San Francisco.  

Leading the Way Community Partner Awardee: National Charity League-GG

National Charity League, Inc., and the Golden Gate Chapter are committed to empowering young women to be future leaders with purpose! Golden Gate Chapter members have opportunities to engage in experiences that build essential skills, such as confidence, team building, event planning, conflict resolution and parliamentary procedure. Each year of membership offers new opportunities for both Mothers (Patronesses) and Daughters (Ticktockers) to accept new challenges and learn new skills in a supportive environment. Ticktockers are encouraged to take on leadership roles in their respective grade levels, and Patronesses share their talents in chapter leadership roles. Our members practice parliamentary procedure and conduct an annual nominations process to elect the chapter and grade level officer positions. We train our officers for success and mentor them throughout the year through our organized Peer Mentoring Program. It is this ongoing yearly support which exposes our daughters to various leadership styles and personalities from our adult peer mentors that help our daughters realize their fullest individual leadership potential.  

Awards Criteria

Leading the Way Award



The honoree will exemplify leadership and vision in a demonstrable way over many years through dedication and commitment to giving back to the communities where it is based or does business in the San Francisco Bay Area (Areas of focus might include social justice, environment, arts, education, homelessness, work force development, healthcare, or food scarcity.)   This includes leadership, volunteerism, philanthropy, or advocacy, such as: 

  • A CEO who serves as a role model and champion of corporate social responsibility. 

  • Leadership initiatives that encourage or mentor employees throughout the organization to participate in nonprofit leadership, such as board service. 

  • Creates internal programs that encourage individual or team volunteer or service projects. 

  • Facilitates employee charitable giving through payroll deduction, matching gifts, etc. 

  • A record of accomplishment of thoughtful and strategic grant making, sponsorship or in-kind giving that includes effective relationships or partnerships with its grantees. 

  • Organizes or sponsors meaningful community activities monetarily or through hands-on support. 

  • Implements innovative ways to engage its customers or vendors in its volunteerism or philanthropy. 


Leading the Way-Emerging Leader Award  



The professional receiving this award will be under 40 years of age and be responsible for or actively engaged in developing and implementing a culture of philanthropy at a business (public or private) located in the Bay Area. Factors and characteristics that make this person an emerging leader include but are not limited to: 

  • Played an integral role in developing a comprehensive and sustainable corporate philanthropy and (corporate social responsibility/community relations) program.  

  • Has implemented innovative ideas/ways for engaging employees, customers or vendors in volunteerism or corporate philanthropy.  

  • Created a strategic grant making program that produces clear outcomes around the company's vision for community engagement.

  • Is a thought leader within the company around the above issues.  

  • Acknowledged within the company’ s sector or through a professional association as a leader.  


Leading the Way-Community Partner Award




Organizations that qualify for this award include nonprofit organizations that focus on leadership development and community service, secondary schools (public and private), and colleges or universities or relevant programs within those schools or institutions in the Bay Area. 

  • A government program that includes a well-developed and established leadership development program with community service may be eligible. 

  • The community service learning program must have been in existence for at least five years and have clearly defined curriculum with goals and outcomes. 

  • Community service learning can include: 

  • Direct service (e.g., tutoring, serving meals, working with patients) 

  • Indirect service (e.g., organizing a fundraising event, working in a resale shop, stocking a food pantry 

  • Advocacy (e.g., writing letters to government officials, educating others about possible policy changes) 

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