Press Release

Council on Foundations Seeks Innovative Grantmakers for Prestigious Scrivner Award

The Council on Foundations today announced that it has opened the nomination period for the 2017 Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. Presented annually, this award recognizes a grantmaker who, with a combination of vision, principle, and personal commitment, is making a critical difference in a creative way and has demonstrated collaboration, risk, and innovation in the sector. 

The Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking was established in 1984 as a tribute to the creative legacy of the late Robert Winston Scrivner, former staff associate of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and first executive director of the Rockefeller Family Fund, by a number of his friends and colleagues. In accordance with the wishes of the donors, the Council on Foundations administers the award program. A selection committee carefully reviews each nomination and determines the award winner. The award, a specially-commissioned sculpture, is accompanied by a cash prize of $10,000 to be used for the recipient's ongoing professional enrichment and development in the field of grantmaking.

Nominations must be received by 10 p.m. ET on August 11, 2017. The Council will honor the award winner in a special ceremony in New York City on October 10.

For more information about how to nominate someone, visit


About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on all


Connect with Council Staff