The Community Foundation Hall of Fame Honorees Are …

posted on: September 19, 2013

Last updated 9/20/2013, 3:05 PM ET

By Aaron Dorfman

I’m on the road a lot, attending and presenting at dozens of philanthropy conferences every year.  And in the course of my travels, and from NCRP’s perch as philanthropy’s watchdog, I learn about tons of great things happening in communities across the country.

Next week, we’ll celebrate excellence by honoring 12 community foundations. We’ll share a presentation titled, “The Community Foundation Hall of Fame: Outstanding and Replicable Success Stories.” 

The presentation will take place on Monday (September 23) at the Council on Foundations’ 2013 Fall Conference for Community Foundations in San Diego, and NCRP will be joined by co-presenters Antonia Hernandez, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, and Flozell Daniels, president and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana. 

The foundations we’re honoring were selected by NCRP staff, following an open call for public nominations. The selection process was extremely challenging. After all, so many foundations are accomplishing tremendous work, especially given finite time and resources that are too often eclipsed by enormous and complex needs. The 12 foundations were selected due to their “outstanding and replicable” work in the following 10 categories.  

In no particular order, the community foundation honorees are:

Investing in Citizen Engagement
Foundation for Louisiana
Led by President & CEO Flozell Daniels

Championing Immigration Reform
California Community Foundation 

Led by President & CEO Antonia Hernandez

Commissioning Research on Disparities 
Marin Community Foundation 

Led by President & CEO Thomas Peters

Leveraging Reputation for LGBTQ Equality
Cleveland Foundation 

Led by President & CEO Ronn Richard

Promoting Equity In Rebuilding
Greater New Orleans Foundation 

Led by President & CEO Albert Ruesga

Winning Transportation Equity
Boston Foundation 

Led by president & CEO Paul S. Grogan

Fighting Predatory Pay-Day Lenders
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 

Led by President & CEO Emmett Carson

Convening Leaders of Disparate Groups
East Bay Community Foundation 

Led by Interim President & CEO Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez

Reaching the Grassroots after Disasters
North Star Fund 

Led by Executive Director Hugh Hogan

Increasing Giving
Minnesota Community Foundation 

Led by President & CEO Carleen Rhodes
In collaboration with additional funders, including:
Minneapolis Foundation, led by President & CEO Sandra Vargas
Saint Paul Foundation, also led by President & CEO Carleen Rhodes

Please join NCRP at the COF conference on Monday. If you cannot attend the session, please click on the hyperlinks to read about their work, and offer the honored colleagues your warm congratulations the next time you see them. 

When foundations partner with nonprofits to do great work on behalf of underserved communities, our entire sector is honored and all communities win.

Aaron Dorfman is NCRP executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Follow NCRP on Twitter (@ncrp). 

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