The Community Foundation for Ireland has called on the public to nominate worthy individuals for the 2008 Philanthropist of the Year Awards. The annual awards recognise the vision and generosity of Irish philanthropists who make a huge impact on communities and voluntary organisations both here in Ireland and abroad.
Speaking at the launch of the 2008 Philanthropist of the Year Awards, which will take place in Dublin in December, Tina Roche, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland, said, “Our Awards are designed to lift the lid on the huge amount of good work and generosity happening here in Ireland and to inspire more and more people to get involved in philanthropy throughout the country”.
Last year’s winners were J.P. McManus, who was named Philanthropist of the Year – Ireland and Niall Mellon who was awarded Philanthropist of the Year – International. “We had two very deserving winners last year. They demonstrated the vision, passion and generosity that true philanthropy is about,” added Tina Roche.
Many of last year’s nominations were made by fundraisers in small and large charities across Ireland. This year The Community Foundation is hoping to further increase the number of nominations they receive. A new category, Philanthropist of the Year – Local, has been added to honour individuals who have made a significant impact in their own local communities or at a regional level in Ireland.
The three categories in this year’s awards are Philanthropist of the Year – Ireland, Philanthropist of the Year – International, Philanthropist of the Year – Local.
Nominations are invited from the general public – including community and voluntary organisations, charities, welfare groups, arts and sports bodies, churches and foundations that work in partnership with philanthropists and have knowledge of the value and impact of the contribution and benefit that a donor has made. Closing date for nominations is Friday, 26th September and nomination forms are available online at the Community Foundation’s website.