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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.