Philanthropy Awards

CMF is committed to cultivating and celebrating the leadership of all those who power our sector, across the entire continuum of their engagement in philanthropy including youth, emerging practitioners, mid-career staff and trustees and the most tenured leaders in our field. 

One way that CMF demonstrates this commitment is by honoring the service, efforts and contributions of those involved in Michigan philanthropy through our annual philanthropy awards.

CMF’s 2021 Philanthropy Awards

Nominations for our 2021 philanthropy awards are now closed. All honorees will be celebrated by our CMF community during a main stage event at CMF’s 49th Annual Conference, a virtual experience scheduled for October 17-19, 2021.  

 


 

Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award

  • About

    The Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award was established by CMF and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Michigan Chapter in 2021. The award honors an emerging practitioner in the field for their demonstrated leadership, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and advocacy for social justice in their work. The award celebrates emerging leaders working in Michigan who have advanced connections in the field and shown support for peers in the emerging leader space. Emerging leaders include individuals from all career pathways, positions and ages with experience levels under 15 years. Nominees do not need to be a member of EPIP Michigan to qualify.  

         
       

Community Foundation Philanthropy Award

  • About

    The Community Foundation Philanthropy Award was established by CMF and the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) in 2006 to honor a living individual and/or family for their exceptional service and commitment to growing community philanthropy in Michigan on behalf of one or more community foundations. This award recognizes generosity of time, talent and treasure, specifically the individual or family's leadership, impact, creativity and collaboration. Nominations will be accepted for a living individual or family. Public officials, foundation staff and CMF trustees are not eligible for nomination.  

    View Previous Recipients:

    2019: Georgia and Travis Fojtasek (read more or watch video tribute)
    2018: Charles Janssen (read more) and The Honorable Carlene Walz Lefere (read more)
    2017: Doug & Margaret DeCamp
    2016: Mary Little Tyler & Dr. Samuel Shaheen and the Shaheen family
    2015: Donna Niester
    2014: Lawrence E. Moon
    2013: Dick Hoffius
    2012: Barbara VanDusen
    2011: David Donovan
    2010: Richard (Dick) Groos and Lucas Pfeiffenberger
    2009: Edward and Nancy Hanenburg
    2008: Walter North
    2007: Molly Dobson
    2006: Raymond H. Dresser, Jr.

         
       

Dr. Gerald K. Smith Award for Philanthropy

  • About

    The Dr. Gerald K. Smith Award for Philanthropy was established in 2013 to honor the work and philosophy of Dr. Smith, who was a strong advocate and mentor, a bold and charismatic leader, and a pioneer in the field. Dr. Smith was also one of the original co-chairs of the Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP), a CMF affinity group. He dedicated his entire career to making the Detroit community better for children and their families. The award honors the legacy and leadership of Dr. Smith, recognizing significant efforts and contributions of individuals in the field whose work and grantmaking activities promote effective and responsive social change in African American communities and who have demonstrated leadership, impact, creativity and collaboration. Nominations are accepted for individuals with at least four years of experience in the field. The current co-chairs of MFAAP are not eligible for this award.

    View Previous Recipients:

    2019: Lynne Ferrell (read more or watch video tribute)
    2018: Wendy Lewis Jackson (read more)
    2017: Robert Thornton
    2016: Vivian Pickard
    2015: Laura Trudeau
    2014: Johngerlyn “Jonse” Young
    2013: Rod Gillum

         
       

Dr. Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy

  • About

    The Dr. Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy was established by CMF and the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) in 1995 upon the retirement of Dr. Mawby as chairman and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The late Dr. Mawby was a founder and former chair of both CMF and MNA and led creation of the Michigan Community Service Commission. This award honors an individual or family who have encouraged private action for the public good through philanthropy and demonstrated leadership in championing collaborative solutions for communities. Nominations will be accepted for a living individual or family with at least five years of philanthropy experience or active engagement. CMF trustees are not eligible for nomination.  

    View Previous Recipients:

    2019: John Erb (view video tribute or read story)
    2018: John M. Frey, David G. Frey and Edward J. Frey, Jr. (Ted) (view video tribute)
    2017: Joe Hudson
    2016: James A. Kelly
    2015: Bill Smith
    2014: David and Lynne Robinson
    2013: Larry & Earlene Baum
    2012: Bill and Madge Berman
    2011: Jim and Donna Brooks
    2010: Manal and Ghassan Saab
    2009: Lauraine Hoensheid
    2008: Bill Johnston and Ronda Stryker
    2007: Hugo E. (Ted) Braun, Jr.
    2006: Peter M. Wege
    2005: Margaret Ann Riecker
    2004: James C. Acheson
    2003: Chuck and Stella Royce
    2002: Larry Bratschie
    2001: Charles E. Anderson
    2000: Maggie Allessee
    1999: Arthur W. Angood
    1998: Hugh and Eileen Starks
    1997: Hiland W. Hall
    1996: Elizabeth Upjohn Mason
    1995: Russell G. Mawby