January 29, 2015

PJ seeks honorees for National Volunteer Week


NC State volunteers work to package food donations for Stop Hunger Now! (NCSU/Photo by Becky Kirkland)

NC State volunteers work to package food donations for Stop Hunger Now! (NCSU/Photo by Becky Kirkland)

Each week, Philanthropy Journal (PJ) reports on the efforts of state and national nonprofits that strive to meet the diverse needs of their communities. The specific targets and goals vary year to year and from region to region, but there is one important constant:  the extraordinary individuals whose volunteer service makes it possible for good works to occur.

These special people who serve and sacrifice rarely seek the spotlight and in fact often shun it. But in recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, PJ asks our dedicated readers to help shine a light on the men, women and youth whose selfless service helps countless nonprofits meet their missions to effect positive change.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

With that in mind, we invite PJ readers to nominate outstanding volunteers in three categories for a total of 12 awards:

  • Adult Volunteer (age 21 and older)
  • Youth Volunteer (under age 21)
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator

Visit our Nominations Link to tell us what makes your volunteer extraordinary.  All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. Entries will be judged on individual merit and not number of entries received. The review panel will include PJ staff, employees of the Institute for Nonprofits, students in the nonprofit minor, and others associated with the NC State University Community of Nonprofit Scholars.

After the review panel evaluates submissions and identifies a group of nominations for final consideration, PJ will contact those nonprofits for a current high-quality photo of each nominee. If contacted, please be prepared to submit a photo promptly.

Honorees will be announced in the Monday, April 15, edition of Philanthropy Journal to allow time for the organizations with which they are associated to celebrate their achievement. Certificates will be mailed to the selected volunteers on April 15.

Comment on this article


Amazing and Inspiring- thank you for the positive thoughts! Its refreshing to hear a male figure giving his daughter healthy expectations in a world that has so many negative ones. There should be more men like you in the world! .

Thanks for this wonderful initiative. Will the volunteers or organization get confirmation that the nomination was received? Is there a way to ensure they do? thank you.

Phil Triplett is a Scoutmaster and has been involved in Scouting for many years. He has two son's who are Eagle Scouts. His son way beyond the age of Scouts gives tireless hours to working with young men in the troop to do their best and achieve their goals. I have seen first hand the work he has done the hours he has given in training programs both as a participant and trainer.

He leads by example for other adults and youth leaders to follow. His style is one of grace and humility in doing what he does, not looking for recognition, seeing what he does as a way to help the those he comes in contact with be a little bit better and work a little bit harder to reach their goals.

He lives the twelve points of the Scout law and makes his life and what he does an example to those he comes in contact with everyday not just in Scout.

For these few reasons I can think of no one more deserving then Phillip Triplett for this recognition.

Philanthropy Journal will gladly consider the above recommendation - but it must be submitted via the nomination system. Here is the link:


Note that the nomination form includes contact information for the person who submits the nomination. Since the above recommendation was submitted anonymously, I ask our regular readers who may be familiar with this topic to reach out if they think they know the commenter. Many thanks.
Jill Warren Lucas, Managing Editor

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