Call for nominations for Piñon Awards

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Santa Fe Community Foundation is accepting nominations through April 15, for the 28th annual Piñon Awards, which honor exemplary nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.
Nominations may come from any interested member of the community, including board members, volunteers, donors, past award recipients and employees of nonprofits. Those wishing to submit a nomination should visit the Foundation website at santafecf.org, for guidelines and a nomination form.
Each year, Santa Fe Community Foundation recognizes the extraordinary work of area nonprofits with the Piñon Award — the only local award devoted exclusively to recognizing nonprofit organizations. Winners receive an unrestricted grant, public recognition in the media and at an awards ceremony, and a statuette recognizing their achievement.
This year’s ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place Oct. 7 at La Fonda on the Plaza.
Nominations will be accepted in the four categories:
• Courageous Innovation Award: An organization, building off a solid base of knowledge, which is creating a new approach to solving a persistent problem in the community; is using a bold and courageous approach, based on sound theory, to create solutions that don’t currently exist in our region.
• Quiet Inspiration Award: An “un-sung hero” organization whose hallmark it is to work quietly and respectfully among a wide range of people in the community; has to be an organization that, despite its non-assuming presence in the community; has the full, long-term support of its clients and constituents.
• Visionary Award: An organization that is making measurable progress toward a well-articulated and achievable vision for what is to come; has to be an organization that sees the ultimate outcome of their work being achieved far beyond the present, can anticipate the unmet needs of future generations and has the stamina and patience to develop a path to success.
• Tried-and-True Award: An organization that provides high quality, much needed services and opportunities to the community; has to have been in the community for more than 10 years, be known for consistent high-quality programming, and a relevance in its core purpose despite changes in the external environment.
Recipients of the 2013 Piñon Awards were Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Breakthrough Santa Fe, New Energy Economy and Pecos Valley Medical Center.
For 33 years, in partnership with the people of the area, the Santa Fe Community Foundation has helped local residents meet their charitable goals by connecting them with critical community needs.
The foundation makes grants to vital community organizations, matches donors and the issues they care about, invests donations prudently, provides extensive technical support to area nonprofits and handles complex estate gifts in order to build an endowment to meet the future needs of the community.