Blue Mountain Philanthropy Awards

The Blue Mountain Philanthropy Awards celebrate individuals, businesses, and nonprofits in the Blue Mountain region that have improved the lives of their fellow citizens through extraordinary dedication to philanthropy. The awards are presented to individuals and businesses nominated by our community and awarded during the Blue Mountain Celebration of Giving on March 3, 2023. We invite you to nominate individuals and business to receive these awards. Award decisions are made by an independent committee comprised of community leaders and approved by the Blue Mountain Community Foundation Board of Directors. Stay tuned for more information about attending the Blue Mountain Celebration of Giving.

Spirit of Philanthropy Award

This award honors an individual, couple, or family who exhibit a deep commitment and heartfelt dedication to philanthropy in the Blue Mountain region composed of Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield Counties in WA and Umatilla County in OR. We are looking for nominees with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support and/or direct volunteer involvement, demonstrate outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity and involvement encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in our community.


Rising Star Youth Award

This award is open to residents of the Blue Mountain Region who are 21 or younger and who have shown extraordinary initiative and drive to serve their community through volunteer charitable work. In their efforts to help their community, nominees should show one or more of the following qualities: a selfless nature; ability to raise donated funds for nonprofits; strong initiative or leadership; ability to be part of a team; creativity in problem-solving; or successful results in their charitable work and play. “Blue Mountain region” refers to Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield Counties in WA and Umatilla County in OR.


Business Making a Difference Award

This Award honors a for-profit business that has a proven track record of making a positive difference in the Blue Mountain region. The “Blue Mountain region” refers to Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield Counties in WA and Umatilla County in OR. The business that receives this award must be a business that is headquartered in and focuses it philanthropic work in the Blue Mountain region.
Factors that will be considered are monetary or in-kind donations given by the business to local nonprofits or persons in need; the business’s sponsorship of and involvement in local nonprofit events; whether the business has an employee donation matching program; whether the business provides paid time-off for employee volunteer activities or in other ways encourages employee volunteerism; whether the business promotes the leadership of its employees or others in the nonprofit community; and the business’s general spirit of philanthropy and dedication to improving the Blue Mountain region. Put simply, this Award is meant to recognize a business that has ingrained giving back and community support into its business model.


Exceptional Nonprofit Service Award

This award honors an individual who has done exceptional work as a staff member furthering and facilitating the success of one or more Blue Mountain nonprofits. The recipient of this Award will have, through their work as a nonprofit staff member, had a hand in helping improve the lives of our community members or making our community a better place to live and play. “Blue Mountain” refers to Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield Counties in WA and Umatilla County in OR.