Community Foundation opens Lifetime of Giving Award nominations

Honoree to be recognized during virtual philanthropy celebration on June 1

VANCOUVER — The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is accepting nominations for its 2021 Lifetime of Giving Award. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Wed., March 24. More information and an online nomination form are available at cfsww.org/award

The late Dr. Donald Fuesler accepts a Lifetime of Giving Award presented to him and his wife Margaret in 2019 for their generous support for the arts, education and healthcare. The couple donated time and resources to Cowlitz County nonprofits such as CASA, The Columbia Theatre and the Southwest Washington Symphony Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
The late Dr. Donald Fuesler accepts a Lifetime of Giving Award presented to him and his wife Margaret in 2019 for their generous support for the arts, education and healthcare. The couple donated time and resources to Cowlitz County nonprofits such as CASA, The Columbia Theatre and the Southwest Washington Symphony Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

The local grantmaking organization established the award to recognize community members who make significant personal sacrifices throughout their lifetime in order to give more generously to others. Recipients must live in southwest Washington and are chosen for their efforts in the following areas:

• Selfless commitment to the welfare of others 

• Commendable volunteerism and financial support benefitting local nonprofits 

• Exemplary giving of time and self to individuals, groups or communities

• A record of making significant impacts through all available resources

• Advances a culture of giving by encouraging and inspiring others to get involved

The Community Foundation welcomes all applicants and aims to ensure that honorees reflect the care and compassion of people across the region. This award is part of the Southwest Washington Philanthropy Awards lineup, which is presented during the Community Foundation’s annual celebration. This year, a virtual event is scheduled for Tue., June 1. Tickets go on sale Thu., April 1 and can be purchased at cfsww.org. 

Kevin Ryan, accepts a 2019 Lifetime of Giving Award on behalf of his family, who were recognized jointly for supporting students through scholarship, serving on a string of mission trips and leading local fundraising efforts. To the right, his wife Annemarie looks on alongside their children Tristan, Erin and Aidan (left to right). Kevin Ryan passed away in March of 2020. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Kevin Ryan, accepts a 2019 Lifetime of Giving Award on behalf of his family, who were recognized jointly for supporting students through scholarship, serving on a string of mission trips and leading local fundraising efforts. To the right, his wife Annemarie looks on alongside their children Tristan, Erin and Aidan (left to right). Kevin Ryan passed away in March of 2020. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

In addition to the Lifetime of Giving Award, this year’s Southwest Washington Philanthropy Awards will also present a Philanthropist of the Year Award, which recognizes and celebrates individuals, foundations and corporations who demonstrate outstanding charitable leadership and serve as exemplars of generosity in our community.

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