Nominees in all categories will be evaluated using these four criteria: Involvement, Leadership, Initiative and Contribution.
- Outstanding Leader
- Outstanding Young Leader (18 and under)
- Outstanding Benefactor
- Outstanding For-Profit Corporation
Nominees in the category of Outstanding For-Profit Corporation should be companies that have demonstrated a history of generosity and/or leadership benefiting Yuma area nonprofit organizations.
- Outstanding Nonprofit Organization
Nominees in the category of Outstanding Nonprofit Organization should be organizations that have a strong history of improving the quality of life in Yuma County.
2017 Philanthropist of the Year
During the Heart of Yuma event, the 2017 Philanthropist of the Year will be named. This prestigious award is given to the individual(s) who transcends all categories.
Past Philanthropists of the Year
Roberta and Stephen P. Shadle
Victor and Karen Smith
Donald N. Soldwedel
Phil and Debbie Townsend
Rose and Steve Sturges
Jon and Liney Jessen
Joseph "Sonny" Rodriguez
Russ and Janet Jones
Hank and Cori Auza
Charlie and Michelle Castaneda