The Spirit of Humanity Award was created to honor non-profit corporations that provide extraordinary assistance to Tampa Bay residents with special needs. Since April 2002, more than 40 organizations have been recognized for their contributions to the community.

 

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Spirit of Humanity award

To qualify for the Spirit of Humanity award, the organization must have a 501 (c)(3) designation from the IRS.  Please be sure to attach your organization’s most recent 990 and IRS letter of determination to your nomination form.

Each winner receives the following benefits:

– A $25,000 donation from the DeBartolo Family Foundation
– News release to local media announcing the award and the organization
– If desired, a link to its website on the DeBartolo Family Foundation website
– A celebratory Spirit of Humanity award presentation
– Spirit of Humanity Trophy

The Nomination cycle for 2017 is now open. Please submit all nominations by October 20, 2017. 

 

Current Recipients

THE DEBARTOLO FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED THAT CHILDREN’S DREAM FUND HAS RECEIVED A $25,000 SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARD, WHOSE MISSION AS A NON-PROFIT IS TO FULFILL DREAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES WHO RESIDE IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA.

In 1981 a story went out over the AP wires that 8-year old Fransie Geringer of South Africa, who suffered with the aging disease progeria, dreamed of meeting his hero Pinocchio. The Sunshine City of Jaycees of St. Petersburg responded by raising the money to bring Fransie and his family to Florida. After the visit, excess funds from the trip were offered to Fransie’s family. However, it was their wish that the funds be used to help other children.
Since that time, the Children’s Dream Fund has been making dreams come true for children throughout the West Coast of Florida.

“Our interest in supporting Children’s Dream fund stems from our families love for children and the compassion we feel for the families who have children suffering from an illness” said Lisa DeBartolo.  “Fulfilling these children’s dreams brings joy to them & their family, creating memories that will last a lifetime.”

Since April 2002, 50 organizations have been recognized for their service to the community with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Spirit of Humanity Award.

For more information or to help fulfill the dream of a child, please visit www.childrensdreamfund.org

 

THE DEBARTOLO FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED THAT POWERSTORIES THEATRE HAS RECEIVED A $25,000 SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARD, WHOSE MISSION AS A NON-PROFIT IS STAGING TRUE STORIES TO OPEN MINDS AND HEARTS AND INSPIRE ACTION WORLDWIDE.

The story begins when Powerstories Theatre was born in 1998 as Fran Powers crossed the Wyoming border on a cross country bike trip. The idea took root when she returned to Tampa and notified women of an audition opportunity. She simply asked “Do you have a story to tell?” Eight local women, ages 30 to 70, with little to no acting background were selected to perform for the general public. An original script “Let the Stories Move You” with original music was written to link all the stories into a cohesive and inspirational theatre piece.  Powerstories Theatre debuted in November 2000 at the Friday Morning Musicale in Tampa, Florida. By August 2001 they performed at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to sold out audiences.

“Powerstories is a wonderful local & intimate theatre that shares and stages true stories. They connect people, help inspire and motivate so many women and girls” said Lisa DeBartolo, Executive Vice President of DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. “Powerstories truly does open minds and hearts!”

Since April 2002, 46 organizations have been recognized for their service to the community with the DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Spirit of Humanity Award.

For more information about Powerstories Theatre, please visit powerstories.com.

 

Click here to view past recipients.