Best of Philanthropy Awards

Each year, the Community Foundation honors ordinary people in our community who are making a difference through their life’s work.

About Best of Philanthropy Awards

For the last eight years, Central Carolina Community Foundation partnered with Columbia Metropolitan Magazine to honor everyday philanthropists through the Best of Philanthropy Awards.

Winners were selected in the following categories:

  • Individual/Family
  • Local Business
  • Student/Student Group
  • Young Professional (under 40)

Award winners were honored with recognition at a special event, a donation in their name, and an article in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. Many worthy philanthropists were honored during these events and we thank everyone who attended.

Nominations for the 9th Annual Best of Philanthropy Awards will open in January 2019! This year, we will honor and recognize award winners through the Foundation's digital platforms instead of the traditional event, increasing the number of people who will learn of our winner's stories. The 2019 winners will be announced through Facebook Live and recognized with the following:

  • Engraved award and video highlighting their accomplishment
  • $1,000 donation in their name to a nonprofit of choice in the Foundation's 11-county service area
  • Recognition through the Foundation's social media channels and website

Learn about previous award winners by clicking here 

Do you know of a local philanthropist? Learn how you can nominate them.

Visit our Facebook Album for photos from the 2015 event

Visit our Facebook Album for photos from the 2016 event

Visit our Facebook Album for photos from the 2017 event

Stories of Philanthropy