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North Georgia Community Foundation accepting philanthropist, leadership nominees
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The North Georgia Community Foundation, celebrating its 30th year, is accepting nominations for its Philanthropist of the Year and Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy awards.

The Philanthropist of the Year Award recognizes an individual or family for impact on the region through a lifetime of giving. The Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award is given to philanthropists who show exceptional generosity and a passion for bettering the quality of life in North Georgia. Nominations for both awards will be accepted through May 15.

The North Georgia Community Foundation will honor the winners at its Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 19 at the First Baptist Church banquet hall in Gainesville.

“Our Philanthropist of the Year award is the Foundation’s way of honoring people in our community who have given their financial support, time and effort to help others,” North Georgia Community Foundation President/CEO Jim Mathis said in a news release. “If you know an individual or family that deserves recognition for their philanthropy, please consider nominating them for this prestigious award.”

To be eligible for either honor, a person must live in the foundation’s 15-county service area, which includes Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

A selection committee comprising five previous recipients, three members of the foundation’s board and three at-large members will choose the finalists for each honor.