The Columbus Area Philanthropy Council created the Distinguished Philanthropist and Legacy Awards to promote giving to the community and to encourage others on ways to give. Each member organization of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council is eligible to nominate an individual, couple, or family who has made a significant donation(s) to benefit the Columbus area community.


Community members are nominated based on their significant financial gift (cash, trust, bequest, gift of grain, livestock, land, etc.) to the community and the encouragement of others in their financial giving endeavors.

Nominees will be considered based on their financial support of a member organization(s), participation and involvement in other organizations in the community, evidence of leading others to become philanthropists or volunteers and their sacrificial giving.


Past or present community members are nominated due to demonstrating exceptional dedication, service or support ot he nominating non-profit during the course of his or her lifetime.

Nominees will be considered based on the individual’s direct contribution to and support of the organization and their participating in and support of other non-profit organizations in the community or region.

Get in Touch

Director: Deb Loseke

Location: P.O. Box 1734, Columbus, NE 68602

Telephone: (402) 606-6783