June 17, 2007

Cameron Foundation solicits nominations for outstanding nonprofits to receive up to $80,000

Petersburg, VA—The Cameron Foundation has initiated two new annual recognition award programs totaling $80,000 for nonprofit organizations within the Foundation’s service area of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Rt. 10. The awards will be presented annually at The Cameron Foundation’s October Grants Award Ceremony.

For the Outstanding Community Service Award members of the community are encouraged to nominate an organization that they feel has demonstrated a commitment to caring and generosity of spirit, as well as openness and accessibility. The deadline for nominations is July 16th. Nominations must be submitted on an Outstanding Community Service Award Nomination Form, available at www.thecameronfoundation.org or by calling the Foundation at 804-732-8900. Nominated organizations that meet the award criteria will then be contacted and asked to submit an application form. The application deadline is August 1st. From these applications, one nonprofit organization will be honored with an unrestricted $40,000 gift.

The Foundation’s second new recognition program is the Excellence in Organizational Management Award. Only nonprofit organizational staff or board members are eligible to apply for this award on behalf of their organization. Applications, which can be found on the Foundation’s website or by calling, are due August 1st. One applicant will be selected to receive a single, unrestricted $30,000 award for demonstrating excellence in overall organizational management. Up to two honorable mentions, with gifts of $5,000 each, will go to organizations that exemplify excellence in one or more of the specific areas reviewed during the scoring process.

“The creation of these two new recognition awards is an additional way the Foundation has developed to help nonprofits in our service area foster best management practices and to reward them for their efforts,” said Handy Lindsey, Executive Director, The Cameron Foundation. “The Outstanding Community Service Award also provides a unique opportunity for people served by these organizations to voice their appreciation by nominating them.”

The Cameron Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization formed in April 2003 with the proceeds of the sale of Southside Regional Medical Center. The Foundation’s mission is to promote and provide support for programs and activities that benefit the residents in its service area, which includes those areas historically served by the hospital.

More information about the Foundation, its grant opportunities or the two new recognition awards can be found on its website, www.thecameronfoundation.org, or via telephone at (804) 732-8900.

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