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The Philanos 2023 Willoughby and Spotlight Awards 

The Willoughby Award

The Willoughby Award honors visionary women leaders in philanthropy who, like Colleen S. Willoughby, have taken the field in exciting, new directions. 

Philanos presents this award at our national conferences to a woman whose experience and affiliation with her collective giving organization has empowered her to become a visionary leader among women in philanthropy. The award focuses on the leadership aspect of collective giving and honors Colleen Willoughby's legacy as a visionary leader in philanthropy including her history as a founder of Philanos and the Washington Women's Foundation. 

Learn more about the history of the Willoughby Award, and Colleen Willoughby's visionary leadership, and past award winners here.


Spotlight Awards

Throughout the country and beyond, Philanos affiliates are practicing high impact transformational grantmaking. Philanos celebrates these efforts by highlighting our affiliates’ grantmaking through the Spotlight Awards

This award is a vital way for us to demonstrate the change that is a result of investments in our community nonprofits.

  • This recognition highlights grants that have transformed their grantmaking organization, a grantee's organization and/or their community.  
  • All affiliates are invited to nominate one of their own grants.  
  • All awardees will be featured in Philanos media.

View past award recipients here.

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