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Community Foundation Invites Nominations For Stettinius Nonprofit Leadership Awards

Monday, May 16, 2005


The Stettinius Fund For Nonprofit Leadership was established by Cadmus Communications Corporation on the occasion of Wallace Stettinius' retirement from the Cadmus Board of Directors. The purpose of the Fund is to recognize and support outstanding professionals who provide effective organizational leadership within the local charitable sector.

Mr. Stettinius' board retirement at age 71 culminated 37 years of distinguished corporate leadership with the company. Stettinius joined the company as president of William Byrd Press in 1967. Under his leadership, the printing firm grew from a privately owned company with $3 million in annual sales to a publicly traded corporation with $300 million in annual sales by 1995, when Stettinius retired as CEO. Today, Cadmus Communications Corporation is a world-leader in Publications Services and Specialty Packaging businesses.

Long a student of the art and discipline of Strategic Management, Stettinius brought his forward thinking and dynamic leadership style to the business of managing effective organizations in the charitable sector. Stettinius has challenged nonprofit leaders to adopt leadership strategies, business planning and a culture of learning to the work of serving the common good. An active board volunteer throughout his business career, Stettinius expanded his scope of volunteer work in his "first" retirement, to become a trusted advisor, teacher and mentor to many area nonprofit organizations.


The first awards program of its kind in Virginia, the Stettinius Fund For Nonprofit Leadership will award cash grants of up to $10,000 to outstanding professional leaders employed by a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the greater Richmond or Tri-Cities communities. It is expected that up to 5 awards will be made each year. The award may be used to pursue professional development opportunities of the candidate's own design, including executive seminars, advanced degree course work, best practice or applied research, on-site practica, professional exchange programs and travel.

TCF's Selection Committee will seek to identify specific, rather than general indications of effective organizational leadership from the nominator and supporting letters. Specifically, the Committee seeks to identify emerging as well as established professionals or program directors who demonstrate commitment to the nonprofit sector; their ability and capacity for leadership and who contribute to the success of his or her own organization through dedication, leadership, planning, innovative solutions and resourcefulness.

  • Nominee shall be a current employee of a locally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the metropolitan Richmond area (as defined by The Community Foundation service area).
  • Nominee may be employed by a national or regional nonprofit, as long as there is an operating location with active programs and services in The Community Foundation's service area.
  • Nominees from faith-based organizations, which are separately incorporated as a 501(c)3 publicly supported charity are eligible, provided the organization has a demonstrated social service component and dedicated staff.
  • Nominees whose primary employment is with a religious organization (churches, mosques, synagogues) or whose primary employment is with a governmental unit are ineligible.


TCF invites nominations from the nonprofit community and from the public at-large. Self-nominations or nominations from family members will not be accepted.

The nomination should take the form of a letter and should explain the nominee's distinguished leadership skills and accomplishments, as well as address the personal and professional qualities of the nominee as they relate to the criteria of this award. The original nomination should be no more than two 8 ½" x 11" typed or computer generated pages in length. The nomination may be accompanied by up to three (3) additional one-page letters of support from colleagues, board members, or agency volunteers. One letter (nomination letter or support letter) must come from the CEO or Chairman of the Board.


The original nomination and supporting letters must be received by The Community Foundation on or before 5:00 p.m., May 16, 2005. Nominations or supporting letters sent electronically or by facsimile will not be considered.


The Selection Committee will narrow the pool of nominees to a small group of final candidates. Each final candidate will be asked to supplement his/her candidacy by a professional vitae, not to exceed two (2) typed or computer generated pages and to outline the proposed use of the award and budget (not to exceed two (2) typed or computer generated pages). Each final candidate will be invited to interview with the Award Selection Committee.

The committee's funding recommendations will be forwarded to TCF's Board of Governors at its September meeting. The decisions of The Community Foundation are final.


The award recipients will be publicly announced during the Fall 2005 Especially For Nonprofit Organizations Leadership Seminar.


Additional information is available from The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia.

Nominations should be addressed to:

Stettinius Fund for Nonprofit Leadership

c/o The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia

Attn: Susan Brown Davis, Director of Programs

7325 Beaufont Springs Drive, Suite 210

Richmond, VA 23225

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