LAST CALL for a nonprofit hero: $1,000 prize goes to Julian Award winner

Do you know a young person who works hard doing good for not much money? That deserving person may be eligible for Asheville’s first Julian Award, a $1,000 cash prize that will be given this fall at the kickoff of Mountain XpressGive!Local campaign for local nonprofits. But hurry, the deadline to nominate is midnight Aug. 25.

Keeping nonprofits going is hard work. These groups often cannot pay top wages. Give!Local’s Julian Award, named for philanthropist Julian Price, will honor a young person who has chosen to work for a good cause even though it doesn’t involve a glamorous paycheck.

The award is part of the Give!Local project, an end of the year web-based donation drive that will funnel funds to 25 selected Asheville-area nonprofits. Interested nonprofits can still apply to be selected until July 31st.

Nominations for the Julian Award are now being accepted. Nominations should be made via this online form. To qualify for the Julian Award, nominees must:

  • be doing exceptional, creative work in the nonprofit sector,
  • work at least 30 hours/week for a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood or Madison counties,
  • be 35 or younger on Nov. 6, 2015,
  • earn no more than $35,000 a year.

Sponsored by Harmony Motors, the cash prize will be given to an exceptional person working in the nonprofit sector. The recipient will be the guest of honor at the opening party for the Give!Local campaign, which will be held at the Orange Peel in early November.

This article is updated from the original post of July 28, 2015.

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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