Monday, July 23, 2012

Call for Nominations: Malcolm D. Haven Award for Selfless Community Giving

Malcolm Gladwell suggests in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, that mastering a skill comes at a lofty price.  Commonly labeled as the 10,000 hour rule, Malcolm argues that one must practice an art for at least 10,000 hours before claiming mastery of it.  Michael Phelps, for example, would have to have spent over 830 hours in the pool each year beginning at age 15 to be deemed a master of swimming.  Designated by the eight gold medals that adorned Phelp’s neck during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps represents an easily distinguishable master.  But who are the hidden masters around us, not recognized atop the Olympic podium?                                                                                                               
Coastal Community Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Haven Award for Selfless Community Giving.  Malcolm D. Haven, for whom the award is named, was not only a founding member of the Community Foundation, but was known throughout Charleston as, “one of the finest, most civic-spirited people that has ever lived in Charleston.  He was always thinking how to make things better, how to make education better, how to make the community better”.  He mastered the art of selfless giving, dedicating continual energy, time, work, and love to our community.  Haven drew inspiration from the potential for improvement, claiming that “life is exciting as you witness situations evolve for the better due to your participation”.  Just as Phelps has spent unmatchable energy stroking through the water’s resistance, Haven had ambition to fight the current.  Haven contained the needed drive to change the tide, improving community life for everyone.  He was a mover and a doer, inspiring others to follow his lead, encouraging them to jump into the water with him.                                                                             
Coastal Community Foundation invites you to nominate someone who you feel has not only mastered selfless community giving, but has motivated others to do the same.  The nominee should be notable in his or her persistent community involvement and unsurpassed generosity.  Whether the nominee’s job is community work based or if his or her work is entirely voluntary, the ideal candidate will have exceeded expectations and made unparalleled contributions to our community.  A candidate’s efforts can be focused in one area or spread widely through a variety of outlets.  Regardless of a candidate’s mode of giving, his or her efforts must be notable in their consistency and extent, stretching far beyond what is asked or expected.                                                                                                                                   
In recognition of his or her efforts, the 2012 Haven Award winner will not only be recognized at  Coastal Community Foundation’s Donor Celebration this November, but he or she will also be invited to designate a grant of $1,000 to his or her  nonprofit of choice.  Please view our Request for Nominations page to view submission requirements, deadlines, and other important details.

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