Community Pillar Awards

The Hamilton County Community Foundation Community Pillar Awards honor individuals or corporations doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges, build opportunity and equity, and create a brighter future for Hamilton County residents in three leadership areas—mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Because of their work, these nominees are pillars of the Hamilton County Community.


Individuals from any public or private sector and corporations in Hamilton County may be nominated and are eligible for these awards. Nominations for emerging and innovative leadership, as well as longstanding accomplishments, are encouraged.

*Previous Living Legacy Award winners are ineligible.

Learn about last year’s winners here


A Community Pillar Award will be presented to the one individual or corporation in each of the three categories on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Celebration of Philanthropy. Honorees must be present. Recipients receive:

  • Community Pillar Award (trophy)
  • $5,000 to be granted to one Hamilton County not-for-profit in the award recipient’s honor
  • Two Celebration of Philanthropy tickets
  • Listing in press release, social media and inclusion in a celebratory advertisement


Nominee’s work must primarily serve or impact the Hamilton County community and its residents.


Nominations will be vetted by foundation staff, who will review candidates. Finalists will be presented to the selection committee, a panel of Hamilton County leaders and Hamilton County Community Foundation board directors and staff.

nomination deadline is July 8, 2019.

Nominations are no longer being accepted.