Community Leadership Awards
The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards celebrate visionary leaders doing extraordinary work to strengthen Bay Area communities. This work may confront societal or civic issues, address health or environmental concerns, or promote arts and humanities.
We honor people who are rolling up their sleeves, taking initiative, and solving problems in their neighborhoods and communities
The San Francisco Foundation 2013 Community Leadership Awardees
Reverend Michael McBride
Educators for Fair Consideration
Educators for Fair Consideration provides direct support to and advocacy for highly motivated, college-bound undocumented students who had come to the United States as children and wished to remain. They are a leader in the field of immigrant work, providing youth tangible support and the space for them to tell their own story. As a result, E4FC’s work is an essential part of the DREAMers movement catapulting the organizations role as a leader in both the Bay Area and as a national model in supporting and empowering immigrant youth. In the spirit of The San Francisco Foundation Award, made to an organization demonstrating exemplary commitment to improving human relations in the Bay Area.
Nancy Hom, has used the arts as a means to reclaim and affirm the histories, struggles, and contributions of multicultural and underserved communities. Through her silkscreen posters, illustrations, 3-D installations, and curatorial work, Nancy has addressed a range of social issues and causes. In addition to being an artist, curator, and writer who continues to push the boundaries of her art after forty years, she has also nurtured the artistic and organizational growth of over a dozen Bay Area arts organizations. Her projects have had a profound influence, from healing historical trauma to mentoring the next generation of artists to build community through art. In the spirit of the Helen Crocker Russell Award, made to an under-recognized, mature artist who has made a significant and ongoing contribution in the Bay Area.
Reverend Michael McBride has tirelessly sought to address the alarming epidemic of gun violence, leading a local and national push to dramatically decrease gun violence and mass incarceration. He was one of 12 faith leaders asked to meet with and make recommendations to Vice President Joe Biden in order to help shape President Obama’s gun violence prevention policy, and was just recently named one of 13 faith leaders to watch in 2013 by the Center for American Progress. Rev. McBride has built foundational interfaith relationships for community healing and change, and his growing influence has helped raise consciousness and shift the national dialogue on issues that impact marginalized communities. In the spirit of the John R. May Award, made for initiatives in response to a significant contemporary problem.
Greg Moore has been instrumental in the conversion of historic military posts into vibrant national parklands, the restoration of Crissy Field, the creation of an extensive trail system, and programs to engage diverse communities in park stewardship and education. In 2012, Greg led the creation of a new partnership with the Golden Gate Bridge District and National Park service to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the bridge and transform the visitor experience at this world famous destination. Greg has served as President and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy since 1985; under Greg’s direction, the Parks Conservancy has provided nearly $300 million in support to the Golden Gate National Parks. In the spirit of the Robert C. Kirkwood Award, made to an individual in recognition of outstanding community service, commitment, and inspired leadership.
With the Community Leadership Awards, we showcase individual or organizational excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work, and inspiration to others. We publicly affirm present achievements, seek to encourage further work on the part of the recipients, and hope to motivate others to follow their lead in service to Bay Area communities. Watch videos about the incredible lives and impact that our Community Leadership Awardees are having throughout our region.
Up to four Community Leadership Awards are given out each year. $10,000 awards are given to individual leaders and $20,000 awards to organizations. Individuals and nonprofit organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties are eligible.
The nomination period has now closed.
Nomination letters are vetted by Foundation staff, who conduct reference interviews for the most compelling candidates. Information is then forwarded on to the Awards Committee, a panel of community leaders from throughout the Bay Area, which reviews nominees and recommends finalists to the Board of Trustees, which selects the winners. Winners are contacted in June. All nominators are notified of the recipients in July.
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