Nomination Categories

Hidden Philanthropist

This category recognizes the unsung hero in our community. Their individual contribution of time, talent and treasure is the engine behind the grassroots organizations, churches or communities.

Outstanding Youth Philanthropist

This category recognizes service by an outstanding individual (18 or younger), youth group or youth-generated project that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and/or leadership.

Outstanding Young Adult Philanthropist

This category recognizes service by an outstanding individual (19-40 years old), youth group our youth-generated project that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and/or leadership.

Emerging Philanthropist (Individual or Family)

This category recognizes an outstanding individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity (time, talent and/or treasure) and volunteer leadership to one or more Cleveland area organizations, issues or communities. The emerging philanthropist has: 1) demonstrated extraordinary civic and charitable responsibility, and 2) whose generosity inspires others to philanthropic action for a period of five years or more. This category honors the achievements of a living person; if a family is proposed, there should be at least one living member.

Legacy Philanthropist

This category recognizes the cumulative philanthropic efforts of an individual or family during a period of at least 20 years of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support or contribution (volunteer participation or leadership involvement) demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community. Candidates will specifically demonstrate significant, long-term involvement with one or more Cleveland area organizations.

Nomination Process

  • One nomination per person or organization will be accepted.
  • Nominators will be notified if their nominee has been selected.
  • Nominations are kept confidential, and will not be shared with the nominee unless noted by the nominee.
  • Honorees are chosen by a selection committee made up of community members.

TSOPCLE 2021 Nomination Form

TSOPCLE 2021 Nomination Form
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