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North Georgia Community Foundation accepting philanthropy award nominations

The North Georgia Community Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2017 philanthropy awards, which include the Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy award and the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist award.

The awards honor the legacies of two local philanthropists who made an impact in the north Georgia region.

“We are fortunate to live in an area where so many generous people work passionately to change the community for the better,” said Michelle Prater, president and CEO of the foundation. “We encourage anyone who knows one of these deserving individuals to submit a nomination, as these awards allow the Community Foundation to honor our hometown heroes for the difference they are making.”

The Woodrow Stewart award recognizes those who provide leadership in support of philanthropic causes and who motivate others to take leadership roles within nonprofit organizations and community projects.

“Nominees for this award should possess Woody’s unwavering dedication to providing leadership in support of philanthropic causes important to the community and should demonstrate strategic and business-minded approaches to addressing community issues,” the group’s website says.

The Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist award will be given to local residents who are between 18 and 40 and “show commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our region through volunteer service.”

The foundation is accepting nominations through Aug. 15, and the winners of both awards will be honored at its celebration of community event on Oct. 12.

Nominees must live in one of the foundation’s 15-county service area of: Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union or White counties.

For complete eligibility requirements and to submit a nomination, visit