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.

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 and invested to strategically address local needs.

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.

On April 29th, 2015 to honor his vision and ability to inspire, the Buddy Amos Founders Award was created and given to the Amos Family by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at the 35th Anniversary event. Phil and Hank accepted the award on behalf of their father and the entire family.

2022 Award Recipient

CFSA is pleased to share that the 2022 Buddy Amos Founders Award recipient is Andrew (Andy) Rush, artist and founder of The Drawing Studio.

Founded in 1992 by Andy and a core group of Tucson artists, The Drawing Studio brings art and the benefits of creating art to the entire community. They offer classes and workshops, host events and exhibits, and foster awareness of the positive effects of creativity on individuals and the entire community. Under Andy’s leadership, The Drawing Studio envisions the world as a better place where art and creative spirit are fostered as cultural necessities.

An artist himself, Andy shared, “At The Drawing Studio, I take great pleasure in working with people from all walks of life who bring incredible life experience and richness to the study of art, a richness that informs their visual expression once they have the tools and practices to inform their work.”

A former professor of art at the University of Arizona, Andy is a printmaker, sculptor, and drawer. He has been active as an American artist since 1959. His art has been included in many national exhibitions, especially of prints and drawings, and he has been a book illustrator and public artist. In 1981, he took an interest in tile and relief sculpture, especially in public places, garden settings, and other architectural applications. He is a resident and founder of the Rancho Linda Vista art community in Oracle, Arizona, established in 1968.

Award Recipients

Previous Recipients

2022 Andrew Rush

2021 Betty Stauffer

2020 Leza Carter

2019 Jeannette Maré

2018 Evelyn Carswell Bing

2017 Barry Corey + Mark Homan

2016 Marian Lupu

2015 Phil and Hank Amos, on behalf of Buddy Amos

Nominate A Nonprofit Founder

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, or systems change.
  • The recipient must be able to participate in public relations before, during, and after the event and be willing to speak to the attendees at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s April Annual 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

How To Nominate

Nominations are completed through Common Grant Application.  If you don’t have a Common Grant Application login already, you will need to create an account before you begin.

Important Dates 2022

  • January 5th, 2022 – RFP released
  • February 11th, 2022 – Deadline for submission @ 5 PM
  • April 28th, 2022 – CFSA Annual Event

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

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