Recognition Award ceremony

Recognition Awards

Along with its grant opportunities, The Cameron Foundation also offers recognition awards to selected nonprofit organizations through two programs:

The Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service is awarded to an organization that has demonstrated a commitment to caring and generosity of spirit, as well as openness and accessibility. This award was named in honor of The Cameron Foundation’s first president (and current board member) for his exemplary and untiring commitment to the Foundation’s mission. It rewards one nonprofit organization annually for outstanding work that improves the quality of life of residents of Petersburg, Hopewell, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Colonial Heights, southern Chesterfield, and/or Sussex.

Last year, in order to balance the opportunities to nonprofits working across several areas of interest, The Cameron Foundation began alternating the years when it would consider nominations for various groups. The 2015 application process was restricted to nonprofits working in four of the Foundation’s six funding interest areas (education, community and economic development, arts and culture, and historic preservation and conservation). This year, only nonprofits working in the Foundation’s other two fields of interest, health and human services, will be eligible for the award.

Applying for the Award
In order for a nonprofit to compete for the Cleveland A. Wright Award, a community member must first nominate the organization. For example, a board member, volunteer, client, or someone else from the community can make the nomination. Paid staff members cannot nominate their organizations. This year’s nomination deadline has passed. If a nonprofit meets the award criteria, it will be contacted and invited to submit an application form, sent directly by The Cameron Foundation.

Like our grant proposals, each nomination for the Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service will be vigorously reviewed, and only applications that meet all of the eligibility requirements will be considered. Following a competitive process, the presentation will be made in October during the Foundation’s annual awards ceremony.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The nominated organization must be at least five years old.
  • The nominated organization must have had 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service for at least five years and may not be a faith-based organization.
  • The organization must be located in The Cameron Foundation’s service area (Petersburg, Hopewell, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Colonial Heights, southern Chesterfield and/or Sussex) and a majority of its clients must be local residents.
  • The nominator cannot be a paid staff member at the organization under review. Board members, volunteers, and community members are eligible to make nominations.
  • If an organization is chosen to receive this award, it is not eligible to compete for the award again until seven years after receiving it.

The Handy L. Lindsey, Jr. Award for Excellence in Organizational Management recognizes nonprofit organizations that demonstrate excellence in overall organizational management. As part of redesign of The Cameron Foundation’s capacity-building program during 2014, this award program will celebrate select organizations moving from the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence‘s Organizational Improvement Process to attainment of Standards for Excellence Accreditation – a national recognition of an organization’s use of the highest standards of practice. Organizations earning accreditation will then be recognized with the Handy L. Lindsey, Jr. Award for Excellence in Organizational Management. The award includes a small cash award, public recognition at a Cameron-sponsored event, a congratulatory ad in the local newspaper, and a plaque/award for display. Learn more about the Standards for Excellence