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2020 Philanthropy Awards

Awards to California Individuals to Recognize
Outstanding Contributions to the Local Community

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East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC)

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Awards to California individuals to recognize outstanding contributions to the local community in eligible areas. Awards will recognize individuals' actions in support of racial justice and their responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Eligible nominees have made an equitable and sustainable difference for the East Bay area (Contra Costa and Alameda County).

The Philanthropy Awards celebrate inspiring community leaders, philanthropists, employers, volunteers, and youth who are working to sustain generosity in uncertain times, to step up in new ways to generate equity and change, and help everyone in the East Bay reach their full potential and live with dignity.  

The 10th Annual Philanthropy Awards will focus on the theme Giving in Uncertain Times: The Courage to Do Things Differently. The East Bay community and society have been tested in unprecedented ways as they navigate an equitable and sustainable response to COVID-19 and act to support racial justice in the local community. The agency's hope is that these awards will amplify the ways our region is stepping up for each other and with each other as we meet challenges with creativity, compassion, resilience, and courage to generate a thriving community for all.

In allyship with the movement for racial justice and an equitable recovery from COVID-19, the Council is asking for a different kind of nomination this year. Instead of specific nomination categories, the Council has strengthened its award criteria to reflect the type of leader, philanthropist, and community changemaker it wants to honor:

  • Equity: Actions that work toward inclusive systems and communities where all, regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or other differences can participate, reach their full potential, and live with safety and dignity.
  • Resilience: Actions that build the ability of our community to adapt and recover equitably and sustainably in the face of adversity, tragedy, and trauma.
  • Creativity: Actions that are innovative, outside the box, break old patterns that no longer serve our community and reimagine what is possible.
  • Compassion: Actions that are rooted in care and empathy for one another, and where giving is a demonstration of this compassion without expectation of anything in return.
  • Risk Taking: Actions that demonstrate the courage to do things differently, to break the status quo in order to advance the common good.
  • Ongoing Commitment to Long Term Change: Actions that have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to long-term change in the community, and have stayed steady in these uncertain times.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160591

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are intended for leaders, philanthropists, and community changemakers.

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit by the extended deadline of Monday, September 21 at 8:00 PM. Honorees will be announced by Wednesday, October 1 and all nominators will be contacted with the results.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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East Bay Leadership Council
1615 Bonanza Street, Suite 324
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 246-1880

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: East Bay (Contra Costa and Alameda Counties)

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