Florida Blue Foundation
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2020 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards
May 4-5, 2020
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida
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Nomination Applications for the 2019 Sapphire Awards Are Now CLOSED – October 31, 2018
The 2019 Sapphire Awards
Recognizing Excellence and Innovation in Community Health
APPLICATIONS DUE: October 31, 2018
APPLICATIONS DUE: October 31, 2018
On or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
GIVE A RECOGNITION
Background and Purpose of the Sapphire Awards
In 2019 the Florida Blue Foundation will celebrate fourteen (14) years of presenting the Sapphire Awards to individuals, programs and organizations in community health. The first set of honorees were in 2005 and since that year, ninety-seven (97) Sapphire Awards, totaling more than $4 million, have been awarded to individuals, programs and organizations from across Florida. To see the Sapphire Award Winners from 2005-2018, CLICK HERE.
The Sapphire Awards, through a competitive external review process, honor outstanding individuals, programs and organizations whose effectiveness and services are distinguished by exemplary leadership, innovation in service delivery and demonstrated successes in community health.
The Sapphire Awards are not a grant program. While there is a financial award, nomination applications should not be submitted with the sole intent of fundraising. The Sapphire Awards are designed to recognize what has been accomplished (demonstrated success), not what is hoped to be accomplished.
- Nomination Application Submission Deadline Date:
October 31, 2018 (Due on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
- Nomination Applications Clarification Conference Calls Dates:
October 8, 2018 -- 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern Time)
October 8, 2018 -- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
- To join the Nomination Application Clarification Conference calls Dial:
Toll free number: 1-800-882-3610
- Finalists and unsuccessful nominators notified on or before:
February 28, 2019
- Honorees announced at the Sapphire Awards Dinner:
May 9, 2019
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center -- Kissimmee, Florida (Honorees must be present to accept the award)
NOMINATION APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Organizations and Programs:
- An Organization may submit a Sapphire Award nomination application to seek recognition for the collective impact of all its health-related services/interventions.
- An Organization seeking recognition for a single health-related program should submit a PROGRAM nomination application.
- Organizations named as “Winners” of the Sapphire Awards in previous years for the collective impact of all their health-related programs may NOT submit another ORGANIZATION nomination application. These Winners may, however, submit a PROGRAM nomination application.
- Programs named as “Winners” of the Sapphire Awards in previous years for the impact of a single health-related program may NOT reapply for the same program. These Winners may, however, submit a nomination application seeking recognition for a different program.
- Organizations applying for a Sapphire Award must be incorporated in the state of Florida and the programs for which they are seeking recognition, either individually or collectively, must be currently conducted in the state of Florida. The organization must be in operation for a minimum of five (5) years). The program must be in operation for a minimum of three (3) years.
- Organizations applying for a Sapphire Award must be either: A.) a 501(c) (3) organization; or B.) a unit of Florida government (i.e., county health department, K-12 school, college, university, etc.).
- Type III Supporting Organizations and private foundations are NOT eligible to submit a nomination application.
- Nominated individuals must be licensed health care professionals, administrators or volunteers who have worked and/or volunteered in the state of Florida with a “qualified,” health-serving organization(s) that is/are physically located in Florida. Qualified health-serving organizations must be either: A.) a 501(c)(3)organization; or B.) units of Florida government (i.e., county health department, K-12 school, college, university, etc.).
- While an individual may be nominated for his/her work as a professional, service as a volunteer or a combination of both, the nomination should focus heavily on the individual’s professional work and/or volunteer service performed in Florida.
- Individuals may be nominated for a career that spans more than one organization or community.
- Nominated individuals must have a proven record of more than three years.
- Nominated individuals can be active or retired.
- Nominated individuals must be alive and a resident of Florida at the time the nomination application is submitted. Posthumous nomination applications will not be considered.
- Individuals may be nominated by a peer, colleague, co-worker, staff member, board member, volunteer, patient, client from the organization where individual works and/or volunteers, or from separate organizations. Self-nomination applications will not be accepted.
Nomination Applications can come from one person familiar with the organization, program or the individual being nominated. Organizations must include two (2) References from non-staff people such as current/former patients/clients, community leaders, elected officials, funders, representatives from partner agencies/organizations.
- Current and former employees, retirees and board members of the Florida Blue Foundation, Florida Blue (formerly Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida), the subsidiaries and affiliates of Florida Blue and GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, as well as their spouses and family members, are prohibited from being a nominator, a nominee, or a reference for a nominee. Additionally, current and former members of the Sapphire Awards Review and Selection Committees, as well as their spouses and family members, are also prohibited from being a nominator, nominee and a reference for a nominee.
- Florida Blue Foundation does not make grants or charitable contributions to organizations that discriminate in their provision of goods and services based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status or marital status..
- All chosen finalists must be available for interviews and filming by the Foundation, and must be present at the Sapphire Awards Dinner.
A total of approximately $380,000 will be shared among the honorees (organizations, programs and individuals).
SUBMITTING A NOMINATION APPLICATION:
The Florida Blue Foundation uses an online application process. After you have read and printed the above 2019 Sapphire Awards Nomination Application Process and Eligibility Guidelines, please click on the link below to either: A.) start a new Organization, Program or Individual Nomination Application; or B.) access an existing Nomination Application and/or form you already started and saved.
To submit a Nomination Application for an Organization, Program or Individual, please CLICK HERE.
Phone: (800) 477-3736, ext. 63215
Florida Blue Foundation
4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32246
REMINDER: Nomination application submission date is October 31, 2018, on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
2019 Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards
Click here to view the Honorees Past and Present 2005-2019.
To view honoree videos, visit Florida Blue YouTube.
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