Community Awards
Nomination Page

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See our list of awards below and submit your nominations today! 

Nominations should be received by July 20, 2022 to be eligible for judging. An independent selection committee will review submissions. The winners of all three awards will be announced in a special supplement in the San Francisco Business Times on October 28 and celebrated at the LEADING THE WAY event on Thursday, November 3 at the Westin St. Francis.

Leading the Way Award

 

 Criteria  

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. 

 

The company can be located in or do business in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, or Solano counties and been engaged in the aforementioned type of community support for at least five years. 

 

If selected the finalist must be available for an interview with the San Francisco Business Times between August 1 – August 20. 

 

Nominations are due by end of business on Wednesday, July 20 to be considered. An independent selection committee will review all submissions. The winners of three awards will be announced through a special supplement in the San Francisco Business Times publishing October 28 and celebrated at the LEADING THE WAY event on Thursday, November 3 at the Westin St. Francis. 

Leading the Way-Emerging Leader Award  

Criteria  

  

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.  

 

If selected, the finalist must be available for an interview between August 1 – August 20. 

 

Nominations are due by end of business on Wednesday, July 20 to be considered. An independent selection committee will review all submissions. The winners of all awards will be announced through a special supplement in the San Francisco Business Times publishing October 28 and celebrated at the LEADING THE WAY event on Thursday, November 3 at the Westin St. Francis. 

Leading the Way-Community Partner Award

 

Criteria  

 

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) 

 

If selected, the finalist must be available for an interview between August 1 – August 20. 

Nominations are due by end of business on Wednesday, July 20 to be considered. An independent selection committee will review all submissions. The winners of all awards will be announced through a special supplement in the San Francisco Business Times publishing October 28 and celebrated at the Leading the Way event on Thursday, November 3 at the Westin St. Francis.