The Community Foundation, in partnership with the North Central Florida Estate Planning Council, established the Legacy Awards to recognize the crucial interaction between donor, professional advisor, charity, and local corporations necessary in creating an effective and meaningful charitable gift. This year’s recipients are:

2022 Honorees

Donor Award: Dr. Paul and Ruthie Dell, Hands to Love

Professional Advisor Award: Donna Brown, James Moore and Co.

Nonprofit Award: Peaceful Paths

Community Champion Award: Bishop Christopher Stokes, Willie Mae Stokes Community Center

*To purchase tickets CLICK HERE. For sponsorships details email*

2021 Honorees

Donor Honoree: Ken and Linda McGurn

The Donor Recognition Award is awarded to an individual, couple or family who has made a significant impact through their planned gift to a charity. This Legacy Award for Donors recognizes and honors an individual or family for their commitment to a deferred or planned gift made in support of one or more non-profit organizations or charitable causes. Special consideration is given to donors who have provided leadership and or encouragement to others, and to donors who have structured unique and innovative planned gifts that enrich the lives of people in our community. This award may be made to honor either living or deceased donors.

Professional Advisor Honoree: Joe Lowry, Jr. from Lowry Financial Services. The Professional Advisor Award recognizes service, expertise, and outstanding work by a Professional Advisor in helping his or her client complete a satisfying and transformative charitable gift.

Nonprofit Honoree: Alachua Conservation Trust

The Nonprofit Award recognizes a nonprofit who has shown their commitment to encouraging philanthropy in the community not only through advocacy and awareness efforts but also through leadership.

Community Champion Honoree: Joan Canton

The Community Champion award recognizes an individual who has shown their commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism  in the community  through advocacy, awareness and leadership.

Previous Nonprofit Recognition Award Recipients

Previous Nonprofit Professional Award Recipients

Previous Young Philanthropist Award Recipients

  • Sayers Grooms (Watch Me Run) (2019)