Buffalo LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) is seeking nominations for the 1st Annual Buffalo LISC Community Development Awards. The Buffalo LISC Community Development Awards recognize both individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to comprehensive community development in the Buffalo Metro area through their leadership, innovation, and collaboration. The Awards breakfast will be held on Thursday October, 1 at The Foundry Inn and Suites.
Award Categories include:
Neighborhood Development Project of the Year – This award will be given to one or more Community Organizations who have come together on a specific project that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of their community.
Buffalo Community Builder Award – This award will recognize an outstanding individual that has provided advocacy, leadership and innovation in helping to strengthen Buffalo’s low-moderate income neighborhoods.
Buffalo LISC Building Sustainable Communities Award – This award will recognize an organization, individual, or project that enhances the community and incorporates three or more of the six pillars of LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities Initiative.
Keynote remarks will be made by Kathy Merchant, National LISC Board Member. Earlier this month, Merchant retired from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation after 18 years as its president/CEO. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1997, Merchant was director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Neighborhood Preservation Initiative and a partner in the New Haven-based consulting firm Holt, Wexler & Merchant.
In additional to serving on the Local Initiatives Support Corporation board, Merchant also serves on the national board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
In 2015, she received Northern Kentucky University’s Lincoln Award, the Metropolitan Award, and Indiana University’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award. She has also been recognized for her professional achievements by the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative’s Commonwealth Award, the Ohio Philanthropy Award, Cincinnati PRSA Blacksmith CEO Communicator of the Year, WE Celebrate Woman of the Year in Nonprofits Award (Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber), Council on Foundations’ Distinguished Grantmaker, Girl Scouts (of Western Ohio) Woman of Distinction, and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Career Woman of Achievement.
Nominations are now open. For details on award criteria and to submit a nomination please visit:
Nominations will be accepted through July 16th.