2021 Affiliate of the Year Program

New details for 2021

Winners announced at annual Affiliate Appreciation Conference

The 2021 Affiliate of the Year program will be measured in two parts:

1. Percentage growth in four categories from FY21 (July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021). Baseline numbers from June 2020 will be provided to each affiliate foundation.

  • Asset Growth
    • Assets include all assets/funds under your affiliate umbrella. Opening new funds could contribute to asset growth
  • New Funds
    • Any new fund under your affiliate foundation between July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
    • Funds established for planned gifts would count toward the new funds opened
  • Overall Grantmaking
    • This includes all grants and distributions coming from funds under your affiliate, including agency partner funds, donor-advised and family funds, scholarships, etc.
  • Legacy Society Members
    • Measured by number of new Legacy Society members under your affiliate foundation added between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

2. Respond to the question: “How has your affiliate foundation applied the principles of leadership and community collaboration to your community in the last year?”

  • To be eligible to win an award, your affiliate must submit a response to this question by Sept. 30.


The eight affiliate foundations with staff in FY21 will be in a separate category from affiliates that have an entirely volunteer board. There will be a total of $20,000 in grants awarded for the 2021 Affiliate of the Year program.

  • Affiliates with staff (8)
    • First Place: $6,000
    • Second Place: $3,000
  • Affiliates with volunteer leadership (45)
    • First Place: $6,000
    • Second Place: $3,000
    • Third Place: $2,000

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