Linowes Leadership Awards

In light of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region's 40th Anniversary Celebration, we will be not be accepting nominations this year and will alternatively celebrate the Linowes Leadership Awards program by recognizing all of our past award recipients.  

The Linowes Leadership Awards program recognizes individuals of creativity, vision, and leadership who work in a community in the greater Washington metropolitan area and who generally are unrecognized. The program honors the community leadership legacy of emeritus board member R. Robert Linowes, Chairman of The Community Foundation from 1992-1997.

Since 1997, the Linowes Leadership Award has recognized “unsung heroes” who exercise their community leadership in a variety of roles and across multiple sectors - as volunteers, faith leaders, activists, students, nonprofit staff or executives, public sector officials, or business persons. Awardees are extraordinary people, of all ages, with compelling stories of courage and commitment and no expectations of reward or recognition.

Each award recipient receives an unrestricted, direct grant of $2,000, and an additional $3,000 to be contributed to the local nonprofit community organization of his/her choice. The cash awards are supported by the Community Leadership Fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. In addition to inspiring others to lead, Awardees have received increased recognition and support for their work including Oprah’s Angel Network, the Washington Post, and other local foundations.

For more information, please contact Angela Jones Hackley, VP for Philanthropic Services, (202) 263-4766 or by email at


Learn about our Past Awardees.