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North Georgia Community Foundation accepting nominees for philanthropy awards
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The North Georgia Community Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2017 Philanthropy Awards, which include the Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award and the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award.

Deserving individuals for these awards may be nominated through Aug. 15. The winners of both awards will be honored at NGCF’s Celebration of Community event Oct. 12.

The Woody Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award recognizes individuals who provide leadership in support of philanthropic causes and who motivate others to take leadership roles with nonprofit organizations and community projects.  Nominees for the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award should be between the ages of 18 and 40 and show commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the foundation’s 15-county service region through volunteer service.

Any individual or organization may nominate a philanthropist for the awards; however, the foundation is encouraging nonprofit organizations to nominate their supporters and volunteers by offering a special incentive to the nonprofit organizations nominating the winning individuals. The nonprofit nominating the winners of the philanthropy awards will receive a $500 grant in the recipient’s honor, two tickets to the Celebration of Community dinner and special recognition at the event.

Nominees for either award must live in the foundation’s 15-county service area that includes Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.  For complete eligibility requirements and to submit a nomination, visit You may also call 770-535-7880, ext. 226 for more information.

The Oct. 12 dinner will honor hometown heroes making significant contributions to the North Georgia region and will feature a conversation with Doug Ivester, retired chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Co. and hometown philanthropist. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event.  For more information on the event and sponsorship levels, contact Megan Martin at 770-535-7880 or