Awards Nominations


Thank you for your interest in the SAVMA Awards nominations process. Nominations are closed for 2023. Awardees are announced annually on September 10th.

SAVMA Awards 2024 Event Details


  • January 18, 2024 | 8-10AM at the Tucson Convention Center
  • Expected attendance 450
  • 6 – major awards presented
  • Dozens of Community Service Recognitions honored
  • One amazing nationally recognized volunteerism expert keynote!

Eligibility for Awards Nominations


  • Zoo Crew accepts their award for Youth Volunteer Program of the Year

    Zoo Crew accepts their award for Youth Volunteer Program of the Year

    Nominee must have performed volunteer service in Pima, Santa Cruz, Graham, Greenlee, or Cochise County within the time period from July 2020 to June 2023 (extended service time period due to pandemic interference).

  • Require nominees to acknowledge the accuracy of the nomination and consent to release information to the public before submission.
  • No more than one nomination, per organization, per category. Additionally, a nominee may not be submitted for both a volunteer of the year and a board member of the year (the intent of the awards is different).
  • Volunteer service may not include hours served as part of academic credit.
  • Hospice Programs: Eligible for Program Volunteer, Nonprofit Volunteer Program (even if you are for profit), and Youth of the Year nominations.
  • We will use the first nomination received, in the event we receive multiple nominations for the same person.
  • Individual award winners must have passed a background check through their volunteer organization.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible for nomination. Please double check prior year’s list.

Awards Nominations Guidelines


  • Nominations are open from July 1– July 31 at 5:00 pm. Deadline is absolute!
  • Electronic submissions only (live link will be here on July 1st)
  • There is a 1600 character limit essay response (approximately 250 words). The concise nomination summary has an 800 character limit.
  • Sponsors will have the opportunity to submit an individual for public recognition through the Community Service Recognition (CSR) process. This is separate from the awards nominations process and details will be provided at the time of payment. This process will be open in October.
  • For questions about the nomination process or content, please contact the Nomination Chair through our Contact Us page.

Awards Categories


Program Volunteer of the Year: Recognizes an individual whose exceptional service as a direct line of service volunteer to one or various charitable causes improves the quality of life in Southern Arizona, demonstrates leadership in service, and whose volunteerism encourages others to take volunteer leadership roles in the community.

Corporate or Group Volunteerism Award (includes Hospice organizations): Recognizes a corporation that has a demonstrated record of outstanding commitment through volunteer support and the creation of a corporate volunteerism culture that encourages and motivates employees/others to take leadership roles, make an impact through service, and be involved in the community.

Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year: Recognizes a nonprofit organization that demonstrates outstanding impact through their volunteer program and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles, make an impact in volunteerism and be involved in the community.

Youth Volunteer of the Year – Individual or Group: Recognizes service by an individual or group of young people under the age of 18 years, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through volunteerism, development of charitable programs, and leadership in the advancement of the nonprofit sector.

Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award: Recognizes a professional volunteer administrator whose work exemplifies leadership, competence, achievement, ethical standards and commitment to the profession of volunteer management. Please note: Nominees for this award must be members of the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association (individual, organizational, or collegiate)

Board Member of the Year: Recognizes an individual whose exceptional service as a board member to one or various charitable causes improves the quality of life in Southern Arizona, demonstrates leadership in service, and whose volunteerism encourages others to take volunteer leadership roles in the community.

Selection Process


The event committee reviews nominations for eligibility and refers all qualified candidates to the Selection Panel. A panel of independent judges complete the selection of awardees. Event Committee members nominate judges for the Selection Committee. Judges represent a diverse group of community members, who have professional experience and commitment to volunteerism. All judges are provided a rubric to evaluate nominations and independently review and score nominations within a set period of time after the closing deadline. Selection committee members provide feedback, discuss, vote, and then officially select the award recipients. Event Committee members do not cast votes in the selection process. Nominators and their honorees will be notified by September 10th. 

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