Best of Philanthropy Awards

Each year, the Community Foundation hosts the Best of Philanthropy Awards, in conjunction with Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, to honor ordinary people in our community who are making significant contributions through their life’s work.

Every day people in our community make a difference. We created the Best of Philanthropy Awards to celebrate these people who make giving a priority for themselves, their family, or their business. Members of the community submit nominations each summer. Then, a committee consisting of staff from the Community Foundation and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, along with some of the Foundation's fundholders and board members, review the nominations and make the final decisions.  The 2016 Best of Philanthropy Event take places on:

Best of Philanthropy winners are honored with:

  • A $1,000 donation made in their name to the nonprofit organization of their choice in the Foundation's 11-county service area in the Midlands
  • Recognition at the Foundation's annual celebration in November.
  • Featured in the November issue of Columbia Metropolitan magazine.

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Visit our Facebook Album for photos from the 2015 event.

Visit our Facebook Album for photos from the 2016 event.

Click here to learn about the previous Best of Philanthropy Award winners.


Stories of Philanthropy