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Nominate an individual, couple or family for the BLACF Award in Philanthropy.

Click Here For the Award in Philanthropy Online Nomination Form

Do you know an outstanding individual or organization working tirelessly and generously to improve access to quality services or programs in low- and middle-income countries and in areas of need within more developed nations?

Click Here for the Global Humanitarian Online Nomination Form

Do you know someone who has passed away and left a legacy that has a positive impact on the Lakes Area because of their generosity and kindness?

Click Here for the Legacy Hero Award Nomination Form

Award in Philanthropy

This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, couple, or family who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region—either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a volunteer, or through their work as a professional in advising their clients about philanthropy.

The Award in Philanthropy was created in an effort to honor those who work to build a better community and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

Global Humanitarian Award

The Global Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding individuals or organizations working tirelessly through philanthropy and in donating time and expertise to improve access to quality services or programs in low- and middle-income countries and in areas of need within more developed nations.

Legacy Hero Award

The Legacy Hero Award recognizes an individual or a couple posthumously who have left a legacy that has a positive impact on the Lakes Area because of their kindness and generosity.


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2022 AWARD IN PHILANTHROPY RECIPIENT

Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union

To learn more about the Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union and their charitable work in the community, click here.



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2022 Global Humanitarian Award Recipient

Dr. Paul Severson

To learn more about Dr. Severson, click here.




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2022 Legacy Hero Award

Jean Collins*

To learn more about Jean and view her Legacy video, click here.




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Past Award in Philanthropy Honorees

  • 2021 - Virginia and Kenneth* Merrill
  • 2019 - Dutch and Irma Cragun
  • 2018 - The Ruttger Family
  • 2017 - Stewart C. Mills Jr.
  • 2016 - Jim and Linnea* Anderson
  • 2015 - Lee and Penny Anderson
  • 2013 - Paul and Lynn Hunt
  • 2012 - Kevin Thesing
  • 2011 - Kevin Close and Rod Converse
  • 2010 - The Cote Family
  • 2009 - JoAnn and Arnie Johnson
  • 2008 - Kathy and Bruce Buxton
  • 2007 - Linda and Bernie Roberts
  • 2006 - Fran and Clarence Holden
  • 2005 - John Sullivan

PAST Legacy hero award HONOREES

  • 2021 - Linnea Anderson* and Millie Gjertson*

*Indicates deceased