Community Foundation to honor nonprofit, three philanthropists

Community Foundation to honor nonprofit, three philanthropists

Three local philanthropists and a teen organization will be honored Wednesday for their contributions to the Rochester community.

The Rochester Area Community Foundation has honored local philanthropists who make a difference in the eight-county region for three decades. Wednesday’s 2020 Philanthropy
Awards and Annual Report to the Community also will provide an update on the Community Foundation’s leadership activities and grantmaking in the past year as well as its more recent COVID-related relief efforts.

Jose Coronas will receive the organization’s highest honor, the Joe U. Posner Founders Award. Coronas is a former Community Foundation board member and chairman and also is a co-founder of Trillium Group, which provides seed funding to help start new businesses.

Nancy Robbins and Mary-Frances Winters will receive philanthropy awards as well. Robbins, who volunteered on numerous boards throughout her life, is best known for being the lead volunteer and fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. Winters, named by Forbes magazine as one of 10 trailblazers in diversity and inclusion in 2019, served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors and established the Winters Group Fund to Promote Diversity & Inclusion in 1996.

The 2020 recipient of the Ames-Amzalak Award for Nonprofit Excellence is the Center for Teen Empowerment, which opened in Rochester’s Southwest neighborhood in 2003 to help urban youth hone their understanding of the social problems they face and use their talents and skills to create change in their own lives and in their communities.

The awards event will take place online Sept. 23 at noon.

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