Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award: Call for Entries

The Foellinger Foundation wishes to make you aware of this unique opportunity to celebrate an outstanding board member and to compete for operating support and board development funding in his or her honor:

Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Awards 

Who is Your Nominee – Board Handout
Call for Entries

From the Foundation:

“The Foellinger Foundation is fortunate to have had outstanding board members committed to preserving the intentions of our founders, Helene and Esther Foellinger. One of those board members, Carl D. Rolfsen, dedicated 25 years of service to the Foellinger Foundation and was one of Helene Foellinger’s most trusted advisors. In honor of his exemplary board leadership, the Foellinger Foundation created the Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award in 2006.

We know that many other organizations have a “Mr. Rolfsen” on their boards – a steward who keeps the organization focused on its mission. The Foellinger Foundation offers eligible nonprofits the opportunity to honor these individuals by nominating them for the Stewardship Award.

We have included the attached documents [see downloads above] to give you the information you and your board need for your organization to nominate a current or recently retired board member who has demonstrated three of the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, as identified by BoardSource. If you are unfamiliar with this publication, it is available from the BoardSource bookstore at or the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center located in the downtown Allen County Public Library.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. July 12, 2013. Send your nominee’s photo to

A special luncheon will be held on October 24, 2013, to publicly recognize all nominees and their organizations. The organization whose nominee is chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award will receive a $10,000 operating support grant and up to $7,500 for special board training.

We look forward to receiving your organization’s nomination!”

The Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

1. Determine mission and purposes.
2. Select the chief executive.
3. Support and evaluate the chief executive.
4. Ensure effective planning.
5. Monitor and strengthen programs and services.
6. Ensure adequate financial resources.
7. Protect assets and provide financial oversight.
8. Build a competent board.
9. Ensure legal and ethical integrity.
10. Enhance the organization’s public standing.

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