Buddy Amos Founders Award

IMG_8204The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2018 Buddy Amos Founders Award opened December 3, 2018. The review committee will be looking for individuals, couples (related or unrelated) or families that helped found a nonprofit organization and have demonstrated inspirational leadership in the areas of community service, philanthropy, mentoring, collaboration and/or systemic community change on behalf of the organization, its mission AND beyond the organization itself.

General Criteria

  • Nominees are recognized as the Founder(s) of a nonprofit organization
  • The nominees’ organization must be based in and serving Southern Arizona
  • Nominees can be an individual, couple (related or unrelated) or family
  • Nominees have demonstrated inspirational leadership in the areas of community service, philanthropy, mentoring, collaboration and/or systems change that reaches beyond the organization
  • The recipient must be able to participate in public relations before, during and after the event and willing to speak to the attendees at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s March event.


  • Nominations may be made by anyone familiar with the Founder/nominee
  • Before submission, nominee(s) must agree to be nominated; verification is included on the application Up to three letters of support no more than 1 page in length may be uploaded along with the application. A minimum of one letter is required. No more than 1 letter from the organization they founded
  • Only fully completed nominations with no more than three letters submitted by the deadline will be considered
  • A review committee selected by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Board of Trustees shall be appointed to determine the recipient from among the nominees
  • All nominees will be notified prior to the event

Important Dates 

  • December 3, 2018– Award opened
  • January 18, 2019 – Deadline for submission, 5pm
  • March 2019 – Award celebration

If you are a first-time user and would like to submit a nomination, please click here. If you already have an account with Common Grant, you can submit your nomination here.

We have developed a video tutorial on how to submit a nomination if this is your first-time using Common Grant.

Recipient(s) will be announced and celebrated at CFSA’s Annual Event in March 2019.


Please contact Enedina Miller, Program Manager, Awards Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at 520-209-1525 or emiller@cfsaz.org for questions regarding this process.


George H. “Buddy” Amos, Jr. (1934-1990), a native of Tucson and the owner of Tucson Realty and Trust Co., believed in giving back to the community that he loved so much and imparted that spirit upon his family and those around him.

A natural fundraiser, it was hard for him to turn down requests to spearhead donation drives. He could often be found with other community leaders, “dialing for dollars” in a phone bank at Jim Click’s Automotive Group.

Phil Amos remembered that as time went on, his father was growing increasingly concerned about sustaining the good work the local nonprofits were doing to benefit the community.

“He was afraid that people were getting tired of the calls,” recalled Phil, who was in college at the time.

The answer to the merry-go-round of raising-and-spending-and-raising-and-spending came when Buddy learned about the community foundation model: charitable contributions are pooled to strategically address local needs that one individual cannot solve on his/her own.

In 1980, Buddy, along with James “Jim” Burns, Edward R. Moore, Jim Click, Jr. and F. Grainger Weil, created a community endowment organization that they called the Greater Tucson Area Foundation and laid out a framework for investment.  Today, with more than $145,000,000 in assets and grants totaling over $15,000,000 a year, the organization they started more than 38 years ago has grown beyond their wildest dreams and is facilitating giving, effectively changing lives and creating impact every single day.

On April 292015 to honor his vision and ability to inspire, the Buddy Amos Founders Award was created and given to the Amos Family during the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s 35th Anniversary event. Phil and Hank accepted the award on behalf of their father and the entire family.

Previous Recipients

2018 Recipient Evelyn Carswell-Bing







2017 Recipients Barry Corey and Mark Homan







2016 Recipient: Marian Lupu

2016 Recipient Marian Lupu








2015 Recipient  Phil Amos