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Call for Nominations! 2018 MAKING KIDS COUNT Awards Reception

Posted:  -  By: Cassie Price

The Carol S. Fox MAKING KIDS COUNT Award

In 2012, Voices for Virginia’s Children established the Carol S. Fox MAKING KIDS COUNT Award to be presented annually to an individual and an organization in recognition of exceptional efforts to better the lives of Virginia’s children. Carol Spaulding Fox is a co-founder and former long-time board member at Voices.

Award Criteria:

Individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to improving the lives of Virginia’s children are eligible for nomination. Their contributions may have been in public policy advocacy, public awareness and education, program development, service delivery, leadership of child-serving initiatives or organizations, civic or community service, or other endeavors. Nominees’ efforts should demonstrate or result in many of the following criteria:

  • a long-term commitment to working on behalf of children
  • an increased public awareness of the needs of children
  • action taken by policymakers, leaders or citizens as a result of a nominee’s advocacy or work
  • broad impact – e.g., a nominee reached a significant number of children, improved broad policies or laws, sparked system change, etc.
  • sensitivity to racial, ethnic, and cultural differences
  • particular dedication to children who are disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable
  • the highest ethical standards and principled actions

The selection committee will also consider individuals or organizations that have made a significant impact for children during a shorter period of time, reserving the option to present additional awards to rising stars. Since the inception of the award, the selection committee has chosen to recognize honorees from varied regions of the commonwealth who work on a variety of children’s issues.

Please note: Elected officials are NOT eligible for the MAKING KIDS COUNT Award.

Nomination Procedures:

  1. Complete the nomination form: Save the Word document with your responses included.
  2. Complete your nomination statement, which should not exceed two double-spaced pages and should list the nominee’s achievements that merit recognition. The statement should explicitly address the award criteria and provide examples showing how the nominee meets most or all of these criteria.
  3. Attach no more than three letters of support from others endorsing the nomination.
  4. Aside from the nomination form, nomination statement, and letters of support, please don’t attach any additional materials.
  5. Attach files and submit to nikkia@vakids.org with “Fox Award” in the subject line. Please don’t send by surface mail. 

Selection Process:

A committee appointed by Voices will evaluate nominations and select the honorees. Committee deliberations are confidential and decisions are final. The awards will be presented at a reception in Richmond on October 4, 2018. 

DEADLINE FOR 2018 NOMINATIONS5 p.m., June 30, 2018


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