May 29, 2015

Cameron Foundation launches 2015 nonprofit recognition award

The Cameron Foundation seeks nominations for its ninth annual recognition award program for outstanding performance, which will result in an unrestricted $20,000 award to one area nonprofit at the Foundation’s annual ceremony in October.

The Cameron Foundation’s Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service rewards nonprofit organizations for outstanding work that improves the quality of life of residents in The Cameron Foundation’s service area. This award is named in honor of The Cameron Foundation’s first president and current board member for his leadership and untiring service to the community.

The Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service has historically been available to nonprofits working in the Foundation’s six funding interest areas; however, only organizations working in two of the areas, Health and Human Services, have been selected since the program began in 2007. This year, in order to provide opportunities to nonprofits that are working across the other areas of interest, The Cameron Foundation will restrict the application process to those groups working in Education, Community & Economic Development, Arts & Culture, and Historic Preservation & Conservation.

For a nonprofit to compete for the Cleveland A. Wright Award, a community member must first nominate the organization. Individuals are encouraged to nominate groups that they feel have demonstrated a commitment to caring and generosity of spirit, as well as openness and accessibility. The deadline for nominations is June 17, and includes a nomination form, found at, along with a brief letter describing how the organization demonstrates these qualities. The nomination form also is available by calling the Foundation at 804 732 8900. Organizations meeting the award criteria will then be contacted and invited to submit an application. One nonprofit organization among the candidates will be honored with an unrestricted $20,000 gift in the fall. Last year, a panel of community representatives chose Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry (CCHASM) to receive the Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Organizations interested in applying for the Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service can contact Senior Program Officer Risha Stebbins at with any questions.

The Cameron Foundation is a private foundation that supports the work of nonprofits and partner agencies to improve the quality of life of residents in its service area. Founded in 2003, The Cameron Foundation was formed from the proceeds of the sale of Southside Regional Medical Center by the Hospital Authority of the City of Petersburg. Its service area encompasses the region historically served by the hospital and includes the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell; the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex; and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Route 10. Since it began grantmaking in 2004, the Foundation has awarded over $69 million to organizations serving the residents of the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties.

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