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Award to a USA Individual to Recognize Outstanding Charitable Efforts in Human Health

2024 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy


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Deadline: 12/08/23 Save

Grant Description
Award of $5,000 to a USA individual to recognize outstanding efforts in philanthropy related to the field of human health. The award is designed to honor individuals whose charitable efforts have impacted human health and have been responsive to their communities, particularly to those in greatest need. Achievements may be in any area that involves health, such as services, delivery systems, public policy, public participation, prevention, wellness, education, or communications. Results may be at the local, state, regional, national, or international level.

The Terrance Keenan Leadership Award pays tribute to the continuous effort of those in the field of health philanthropy. It recognizes and rewards grantmakers whose thoughtful use of philanthropic dollars has had an impact on human health, at any level.

The Award honors outstanding individuals whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and achievement.

Nomination forms should:

  • Describe the nominee’s professional journey and achievements. What makes this individual an outstanding health funder? How has this individual shown leadership and strategic vision? What have their most significant contributions to the field been thus far
  • Describe how this individual has taken risks, shown innovation, and exhibited the flexibility and creativity needed to address the nation’s most pressing health problems.
  • Describe how this individual has fostered, mentored, or inspired those working in the field.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The nominee must be, or have been within the last three years, an active grantmaker for at least five years with a health foundation or corporate giving program making grants in the field of health. The individual may serve as a trustee, staff member, or donor.

This is not a lifetime achievement award; the award honors grantmakers whose actions embody Terrance Keenan’s philosophy whether they are in the midst of their service to the field or are at the end of their career.

Current GIH board members are not eligible for nomination.

Pre-Application Information
Nominations must be received by Friday, December 8, 2023.

The award recipient and nominators will be notified of the committee’s decision in March.

The recipient must be available to participate in the award presentation during the GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, which is slated to be held from June 4 - 6, 2024 in Portland, Oregon.

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The award carries a $5,000 honorarium.

Contact Information
Submit a nomination:

Questions should be sent to GIH Program Director Ann Rodgers at

Grantmakers In Health
1100 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
P: 202.452.8331

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