When you think of who has helped improve the well-being of our children, does someone or some organization some to mind? Have they exemplified unwavering dedication and outstanding contributions through program innovation, policy, advocacy or mentorship?
Created in 2007, the Nancy Award shines the spotlight on outstanding contributions by individuals or groups to enhance life for young children and honors the spirit and legacy of Nancy Latimer, whose leadership, passion and commitment to children are exemplified by award recipients.
The fifth annual award will be presented June 29 by the Minnesota Early Childhood Funders Network, an MCF network, at the Annual Nancy Latimer Convening for Children and Youth.
Nominations should include the following, not to exceed two pages:
- For individuals: A brief biographical and professional overview, noting the nominee’s significant activities and accomplishments on behalf of children in Minnesota.
- For groups: A brief overview of the significant activities and accomplishments of the group on behalf of children in Minnesota.
- Overviews may be bulleted lists or narratives.
- The name and contact information of the nominator, as well as a brief statement of the connection between the nominator and nominee.
- The names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of two individuals who can provide additional information about the nominee, if needed.
- Contact information, including title, e-mail address and phone number, for the nominee.
E-mail nominations by March 25 to: Vicki Itzkowitz, Minnesota Early Childhood Funders Network coordinator, email@example.com
Prior Nancy Award recipients are:
2010 Arthur J. Rolnick, senior vice president and director of research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; and Jane Kretzmann, senior program officer, Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation.
2009 Dr. Glenace Edwall, director, Children’s Mental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, and chair, Minnesota Child Psychologists; and Zoe Nicholie, early childhood systems specialist and director of the Build Initiative and public policy work at Ready 4 K.
2008 Dr. Martha Farrell Erickson, Ph.D., founding director, University of Minnesota Children, Youth & Family Consortium, and director, Irving B. Harris Programs, Center for Early Education and Development.
2007 Early Childhood Caucus, Minnesota State Legislature, accepted by Rep. Nora Slawik and Sen. Claire A. Robling.
About Nancy Latimer
As a longtime senior program officer at The McKnight Foundation, a leader of the Minnesota Early Childhood Funders Network, and a lifelong advocate for children, Latimer made many contributions to the healthy development of young children, the prevention of child abuse, and the creation of public and policy support to improve the lives of Minnesota’s children and families.
About the Early Childhood Funders Network
The Minnesota Early Childhood Funders Network provides information to network members and policymakers, monitors how changing public policy affects early childhood issues and organizations, and works to strengthen the voice for early childhood within Minnesota philanthropy.
- Chris Murakami Noonan, MCF communications associate