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About the Awards

First presented in 2005, the annual Giving Back Awards were created by Charleston magazine, in partnership with Coastal Community Foundation, to celebrate the philanthropic spirit of the Lowcountry.

The Process:
Throughout the month of June, nominations will be accepted in the following categories: Volunteer, Creative Talent, Business, Community Catalyst, and Jerry Zucker Lifetime Achievement. All nomination letters that fulfill the criteria will be distributed to our panel of judges, who will score the nominations. The winner of each category will be revealed in the November 2015 issue of Charleston magazine and celebrated on Friday, November 20 at the Giving Back Awards show. 

Nonprofit of the Year Award: 

No nominations are needed for this category. All eligible tri-county nonprofits will be listed on for online voting during the month of July:

Round One: July 13-July 19—determines the Top 50 nonprofits

Round Two: July 20-July 26—determines the Top 25 nonprofits

Round Three: July 27-August 2—determines the Top 5 nonprofits, which will be featured in the November 2015 issue of Charleston magazine.

Final Vote: November 20 at the Giving Back Awards celebration, via text or online vote.