Nominate Community Builders Now!

The Winston-Salem Foundation is pleased to present The Winston-Salem Foundation Award and the ECHO Awards annually to community builders who are nominated and selected by fellow community members.  The 2015 award recipients will be announced at the Foundation’s May 6 Community Luncheon at the Benton Convention Center.*


Established in 1996, this award is given to individuals who demonstrate the Foundation’s values of generosity, excellence, inclusion, and integrity as well as visionary leadership in a community activity or on behalf of a community organization.  This Award is not a lifetime achievement award, but it is designed to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions within the recent pastPrevious recipients have led nonprofits, provided community leadership, and created opportunities for the broader community.

The recipient is selected by a committee comprised of members from various Foundation committees and the community-at-large, and will receive a $10,000 cash grant to award to a charitable organization of his or her choice.

Nominations are now closed: the deadline was Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm.


The Winston-Salem Foundation and the ECHO Network wish to honor people and organizations who are building social capital in our community.  With the presentation of ECHO Awards, we hope to recognize those who personify the ECHO logo - building a stronger community by building connections among people.  (past ECHO Award recipients)  

Need more information about social capital or ECHO?  Visit the ECHO Network's Web site and watch this video featuring past ECHO Award recipient Jeff Smith of Smittysnotes.

Award recipients (up to 5 per year) will receive a grant of $1,000 to donate to a charitable organization of their choice, hopefully one that is building social capital in our community.  Recipients are selected by a committee comprised of members from Foundation committees, the ECHO Network, and the community-at-large.

Nominees for an ECHO Award can be:
  • Individuals, informal groups, or organizations
  • Unsung heroes and heroines from our community
  • Community members innovatively building connections
Nominations are now closed: the deadline was Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm.


* Reservation information for the 2015 Community Luncheon will be available on the Foundation's Web site on March 10.


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