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Charleston magazine, in association with the Coastal Community Foundation, will honor three individuals, one business, and one nonprofit organization whose commitments to giving back to the community are especially noteworthy. The 2011 Giving Back Award recipients and their causes will be featured in the November 2011 of Charleston magazine and celebrated at a special televised awards gala on November 18, 2011, during Philanthropy Week in Charleston (November 14-20, 2011). 

Nominate in the following categories:

Individual who has given generously of his/her time, energy, heart, and soul to a specific nonprofit. This person should have spent at least two years involved with the organization as an unpaid volunteer.

Creative Talent
Individual whose pro-bono creative input—from designing logos to developing a fundraising campaign to devising workshops and programs to planning events—has been integral to the success of a local nonprofit

Community Catalyst
Individual who brings about a movement of charitable giving through his/her actions or ideas. Finalists will be selected based on the number of people who were moved to action, the amount of money, and/or awareness raised, and the innovation shown in the effort.

Business or organization that promotes charitable activities via its employees, members, or customers. Finalists will be chosen by the number of people involved, the effort exerted in creating a philanthropic culture, the total amount of money and/or awareness raised, and by the innovation shown in the effort.

All nominated local nonprofit organizations will be posted to for a series of online votes. The winner of this category will be chosen live via text vote during the awards gala.

Jerry Zucker Lifetime Achievement Award
Individual who—like the late businessman and philanthropist Jerry Zucker—has made significant contributions to Lowcountry nonprofit(s) and helped better our community throughout his/her lifetime

E-mail your nomination to Charleston magazine editor-in-chief Darcy Shankland at
Nomination letter should include:
•    Your name and contact info
•    Nominee’s name and contact info

•    Name the category for which you are nominating this person, business, or organization

•    A minimum of 400 words detailing how this person, business, and/or organization fits the criteria of the category and benefits the Lowcountry
•    Images, if you have them, that help illustrate your nominee’s charitable works
All nominations will be reviewed by a panel, including staff from Charleston magazine, the Coastal Community Foundation, and other community members.