Nominations for 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.
When she founded the Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF) in Seattle in 1995, Colleen sought to address a philanthropic landscape where women often lacked the confidence to invest broadly and boldly in issues important to them in their communities. She sought to build a movement that provided women with seats at philanthropic board tables overwhelmingly led by men. The model she developed and promoted through WaWF and affiliated organizations – collective giving grantmaking – changed the face of philanthropy. Her groundbreaking approach centered on a collaborative approach to philanthropy and leadership.This award will be given to one woman in the Philanos network whose experience and affiliation with her collective giving organization has inspired her to take her philanthropy efforts outside the organization, to directly change her community. She will also be recognized for taking women's leadership in new directions, challenging the status quo – as Colleen did in 1995 – to inspire more women to find and amplify their voices today, tomorrow and the foreseeable future.
Philanos will present this award at each national conference to a woman in our network whose experience with her collective giving organization has inspired her to be a visionary leader in philanthropy. In years when there is no in-person conference, The Willoughby Award will be presented virtually in the fall.