“The Kathy” is short for the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award, jointly sponsored by the Gifford and Allyn Foundations. It is named for the Gifford Foundation’s late executive director who also served as the Allyn Foundation’s director of strategic services. It is awarded periodically to a Central New York (Onondaga, Oswego, Madison and Cayuga counties) not-for-profit professional who best exemplifies Ms. Goldfarb-Findling’s approach to leadership:
· to be nimble and creative;
· to encourage lifelong learning;
· to embrace leaps of faith and not fear failure;
· to work “with” not do “for;”
· to fully engage in collaborative approaches and
· to at all times believe passionately in the power of change and personal growth.
In addition to recognizing and publicly honoring vital nonprofit leaders who are truly unique, a $3,000 award will be available for the personal use of the recipient. The only restriction is that the honoree may not re-direct the cash to his or her organization.
The selection process
Nominations are accepted through May 31 with the expectation of an announcement of a winner this fall. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Gifford and Allyn Foundation staff, board members and previous awardees. Nominees do not need to be CEOs or executive directors – the leadership qualities, as described in more detail below, are of paramount importance. Therefore the nominator should be able to describe with specific examples, from both personal and professional aspects, why the nominee exemplifies the qualities listed above. The nomination narrative should not exceed two pages in total. Please do not submit supporting letters or other documents.
The selection criteria
Examples of situations that exhibit “The Kathy” qualities can be found in the guidelines. Nominators are encouraged to share stories in a similar vein. Previous winners of “The Kathy” are Michael Melara of Catholic Charities, Mary Ellen Clausen of Ophelia’s Place, Mary Beth Frey of the Samaritan Center and Randi Bregman of Vera House.