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AWARDS OF DISTINCTION

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Recognition of the accomplishments and influence of the men and women who have made a difference in interfraternal fundraising is an important responsibility of the NIC Foundation. Awards of Distinction presented to individuals include the Outstanding Philanthropist Award, the William D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award and the Outstanding Foundation Volunteer Award.

Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. Nominations should include a cover letter of endorsement from an NICF member organization and any supporting materials/letters that the nominating party wishes to include. Descriptions of the three NICF Individual Awards of Distinction can be found below.

Nominations for 2018 Individual Awards of Distinction must be submitted online by June 1, 2018. Those whose nominees are selected as individual winners will be notified in late June for further instruction and planning of the announcement. All awards are presented at the NICF Awards of Distinction Dinner on Tues., Aug. 28.  


   INDIVIDUAL AWARD CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST AWARD

This award is presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding fraternal and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles within the Greek community on a national and/or international level.

 

WILLIAM D. JENKINS OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION PROFESSIONAL

This award is designed for an outstanding fundraising professional of a fraternity or sorority foundation who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. 

 

OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARD

The individual eligible for this nomination must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in major fundraising projects for a fraternity or sorority. 

2017 INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST AWARD

JAMES L. “JIM” HERBERT, FARMHOUSE

This honor recognizes leadership in giving to a fraternity or sorority foundation.

A former Chairman and long-time member of the FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees, Jim has supported FarmHouse programs and services in a variety of meaningful ways since his initiation in 1961.

Read more about Jim here.

WILLIAM D. JENKINS OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION PROFESSIONAL AWARD

BEN NICOL, PHI KAPPA PSI

This award is designed for an outstanding fundraising professional of a fraternity or sorority foundation who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. In his five years as CEO of Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, Ben has grown total number of donors to the foundation by 120 percent.

Read more about Ben here.

OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARD

L. GENE LEMON, ALPHA GAMMA RHO 

This honor recognizes exemplary lifetime service to a fraternity or sorority organization and its foundation. Gene is a former Grand President and helped establish The Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho in 1965. Ever a servant leader, Gene has become known as “Mr. Alpha Gamma Rho” over his more than 50 years of service.

Read more about Gene here.

ORGANIZATION AWARDS

The NICF Awards of Distinction provide the fraternal foundation community an annual opportunity to recognize organizations that are excelling and innovating in a particular area.

Please review the award category descriptions and related questions to gain a better understanding of the awards for which you may be eligible. If you answer the questions in the affirmative, you may have a strong case to be selected as an NICF Award of Distinction recipient and we encourage you to apply!

Only one submission per organization in each category will be accepted. Efforts recognized within the past five years are ineligible for consideration. Please remember when submitting that more is not always better; please be thorough and concise!

Award submissions should be made online by June 1, 2018. All organization award winners will learn of their selection at the NICF Awards of Distinction Dinner on Tues., Aug. 28. 


   ORGANIZATION AWARD CATEGORIES

BEST DEVELOPMENT EFFORT IN ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
Did your organization launch an initiative or appeal that you believe was particularly effective? How did your e-mail, direct mail, or non-direct mail effort perform above expectations? Are you particularly proud of a student or alumni development program?
BEST MAJOR GIFTS DEVELOPMENT EFFORT
Did your foundation conduct a program or event that succeeded beyond expectations? Did you successfully engage other donors to help in a major gift effort? Did you endow a new program or scholarship through a major gift effort? Has your cumulative giving society performed or grown significantly thanks to a successful initiative?
BEST PLANNED GIVING EFFORT
Has your planned giving society performed or grown due to a successful initiative? Did you engage other donors to help in a planned giving effort?
BEST COMMUNICATIONS EFFORT
Were efforts made by your foundation where the number one purpose was to inform rather than to raise money? Did you publish or compile an effective social-media strategy, brochure, e-newsletter, website, annual report, public relations initiative, or re-branding effort?
BEST STEWARDSHIP EFFORT
An effective stewardship program is one of the most important elements of fundraising. How is your organization recognizing donors, ensuring that their donation is having the desired effect, and showing appreciation? Have you put into place a new program? Do you believe your current stewardship efforts are particularly effective?
BEST USE OF A FOUNDATION GRANT
Submissions in this category should be examples of ways that the donor dollar is going to extraordinary purposes. Does your organization have a scholarship recipient who has taken advantage of foundation dollars to do something extraordinary? Does the fraternity or sorority utilize the grant money for a program that goes above and beyond expectations? Are there additional or unique programs that the foundation supports?
BEST CAMPAIGN/PROGRAM IN SUPPORT OF AN OUTSIDE PHILANTHROPY
Is your foundation particularly proud of a partnership or program that occurred this last year? Has the foundation benefited from a relationship with an outside philanthropy? How has the relationship with an outside philanthropy supported the mission of the foundation?
BEST NEW DEVELOPMENT IDEA
What innovative/out-of-the-box idea has your organization developed that has led to new advancement opportunities?
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