Detroit – William H. Smith (Bill) of Farmington Hills was recognized with the Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy by Governor Snyder, the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association at the 2015 Governor Service Awards held at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids on Monday, June 29.
Bill was recognized for his long-term impact through many diverse forms of giving from annual campaigns to endowment funds. As a nominator noted, “Bill understands that impactful giving often requires a many year commitment and a relationship with a nonprofit, as seen in his consistent support for nonprofits including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Mosaic Youth Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Infant Mental Health.”
“It’s a great honor to celebrate Bill and all of these extraordinary volunteers and organizations dedicated to their communities like Detroit,” said Governor Snyder in presenting the award, adding that Bill is “a quiet hero”.
Created to honor Russ Mawby, founder of the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Michigan Community Service Commission, as well as President Emeritus of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to encouraging private action for the public good through the giving of their time, talent and resources.
Joining the Governor for the presentation, Rob Collier, president of the Council of Michigan Foundations, commended Bill as a remarkable collaborator through his foundation and three funds at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. “All Michigan will benefit for years to come because of Bill’s collaborative spirit. Bill has provided the needed support behind the scenes to insure that over the next 20 years the much heralded Grand Bargain is a long term reality for Detroit’s future,” Collier remarked.