The Governor’s Points of Light Awards program is Nevada’s signature event that celebrates the inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals, students culled from higher education, non-profit organizations, and corporate partners who invest in our State. Collectively, through this event, we recognize those who generously donate their time and talents to invest in Nevada’s youth, seniors, military families, and who influence a vibrant future for all Nevadans.

The Governor’s Points of Light is the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Nevada and Nevada Volunteers to celebrate the individuals and organizations who model Nevada values of service, responsibility, cooperation and compassion, and the power of partnership that makes Nevada a better place to live. Finalists will be recognized at a bronze, silver or gold level. Our vision is to create an unequaled and memorable experience for honorees, their families and friends, and the stakeholders who support volunteerism and service.

ABOUT THE NOMINATION AND REVIEW PROCESS

Nomination Information and Eligibility Requirements

Nominations for the 2023 Governor’s Points of Light Awards are due prior to 5:00pm PST on June 30, 2023. Entries received after that will be included in the nomination pool for the 2024 event.

The nomination form is linked above, and can also be found here.

All entries must be submitted online via this form prior to the deadline listed above. Choose only one category per nomination.

• Individual nominees must be Nevada Residents
• Group nominations must be Nevada organizations
• All service must have been performed in Nevada
• Nevada Volunteers staff and commissioners are not eligible
• Individuals receiving a stipend or salary, with the exception of national service members and volunteer managers, are not eligible

*Nevada Volunteers reserves the right to select an alternate recipient should the nominee be unable to accept the award in person. Organizations and/or individuals being nominated should notify Nevada Volunteers if travel assistance is requested.

Nomination Categories

Individual Volunteer (18 or older)

(An individual volunteer at least 18 years of age who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada).

Individual Youth Volunteer (under 18)

(An individual under 18 years of age who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada).

National Service Member

(Any National Service Member serving within AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC or AmeriCorps Seniors who has completed a term of service in Nevada in the past year or is on track to complete a term of service in 2022 and who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in service).

Nonprofit Volunteer Program

(A non-profit or community organization whose volunteer program has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada).

Corporate Volunteer Program

(A business or corporation whose volunteer program has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada).

Volunteer Manager

(Any volunteer manager or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in leadership and management of volunteers in Nevada).

Community Leadership

(Any service or volunteer group, faith-based group, civic group and/or family group that has shown extraordinary achievements in their top leadership, community service and collaboration in Nevada).

Collegiate Community Leadership (NEW)

(Any college organization that has shown extraordinary achievements in their community service and collaboration in Nevada).

Lifetime Achievement

(Any individual who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada for a period of 20 or more years. Service does not necessarily need to be with the same organization for that period of time but must have been performed in the state of Nevada).

Veterans/Military Organization

(Active military member(s) or veterans who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in their volunteerism in Nevada).

Once the current nomination period is closed, all nominations are reviewed by Nevada Volunteers staff for accuracy and completion. The nominations are then forwarded to the judging committee which is comprised of representatives from northern, southern and rural Nevada, as well as representatives from nonprofit organizations, corporate business and volunteer management programs. Each nomination is scored and the final scores are submitted to the Judging Chair. All references are contacted and the top 3 finalists in each category are notified. Nominators of all non-selected finalists are also notified.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

2022 Governor’s Points of Light Awards

2021 Governor’s Hybrid Points of Light Awards

The 2021 event featured: Emcee Kendall Tenney, Keynote Speaker Dr. Christina Madison, Founder and CEO of The Public Health Pharmacist, PLLC, National Anthem vocalist Cedric Williams and Governor Steve Sisolak for opening remarks. Meet our 18 incredible finalists below!

2020 Virtual Governor’s Points of Light Awards

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship and brand association are great ways to demonstrate positive social responsibility to employees, customers, investors and community leaders. The Governor’s Points of Light is the highest honor bestowed by Governor Steve Sisolak and Nevada Volunteers to celebrate the individuals and organizations who model Nevada values of service, responsibility, cooperation and compassion, and the power of partnership that makes Nevada a better place to live.  Join us as we celebrate years of honoring Nevada’s outstanding volunteers, nonprofits, volunteer managers, service members, corporate volunteer programs, and military/veteran’s organizations.

SPONSORSHIP GUIDE

Presenting Sponsor- $20,000

Presenting Sponsor, 1 available | $20,000

  • Brand signage (consistent with brand standard)
  • Brand representative offers welcome
  • Reserved table of 10, premium location
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck on loop prior to event
  • Logo/badge on Sponsor, and Nevada Volunteers website
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck during sponsor recognition and brand recognized by emcee
  • Brand featured in social media posts monthly from contract signing (up to 8 months)
  • Full page ad in program (5″ x 8″)
  • Brand recognized in media releases (up to 4 between contract signing and event)
  • Brand invited to any press appearances prior to and day of event
  • Ticket to Finalist Reception
  • Commemorative photo taken with honorees

Platinum Sponsor - $10,000

Platinum Sponsor, limited number available | $10,000

  • Brand signage (consistent with brand standard)
  • Reserved table of 10, premium location
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck on loop prior to event
  • Logo/badge on Sponsor, and Nevada Volunteers website
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck during sponsor recognition and brand recognized by emcee
  • Brand featured in social media posts monthly from contract signing (up to 5 months)
  • Half page ad in program (5″x 4″)
  • Brand recognized in media releases (up to 2 between contract signing and event)
  • Ticket to Finalist Reception
  • Commemorative photo taken with honorees

Finalist Reception Sponsor - $7,500

Finalist Reception Sponsor, 1 available | $7,500

  • Reserved table of 10
  • Logo/badge on Sponsor, and Nevada Volunteers website
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck during sponsor recognition and brand recognized by emcee
  • Half page ad in program (5” x 4”)
  • Signage “Finalist Reception hosted by “Brand”
  • Representatives welcome and mingle with finalists and Commissioners prior to event
  • Recognition in social media posts
  • Commemorative photo taken with honorees

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

Gold Sponsor | $5,000

  • Receive 5 tickets
  • Logo/badge on Sponsor, and Nevada Volunteers website
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck during sponsor recognition and brand recognized by emcee
  • Brand featured in social media posts monthly from contract signing (up to 3 months)
  • Quarter page ad in program (2.5” x 4”)
  • Commemorative photo taken with honorees

Silver Sponsor - $3,000

Silver Sponsor | $3,000

  • Receive 3 tickets
  • Logo/badge on Sponsor, and Nevada Volunteers website
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck during sponsor recognition and brand recognized by emcee
  • Brand featured in one (1) social media posts
  • quarter page ad in program (2.5” x 4”)
  • Commemorative photo taken with honorees

Sponsor A Finalist - $1,500

Sponsor a Finalist | $1,500

  • Receive 1 ticket
  • Logo appears in PowerPoint Deck during sponsor recognition and brand recognized by emcee
  • Admission for one representative to Finalist Reception
  • Representative welcomes and mingles with finalists and Commissioners prior to event
  • Commemorative photo taken with honorees

Questions about sponsorships?: Contact Zanny Marsh, Executive Director

775.825.1900 | zanny@nevadavolunteers.org

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS 2022 SPONSORS

Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificate

This ongoing certificate process is an avenue for nonprofits, governmental agencies, and faith-based agencies to apply for recognition from the Governor’s Office on behalf of exemplary volunteers that meet the criteria.

Sample Certificate

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Nomination Criteria

The criteria for nominations for the Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate include one or more of the following:

  • An individual has performed over 200 hours of service in a calendar year, representing exceptional service that surpassed expectations; and/or
  • An individual has provided a skilled or pro bono service that increased the capacity or stability of the organization by $10,000 or more; and/or
  • An individual has demonstrated reliability and commitment in continual direct volunteer service for a period of two or more years; and/or
  • An individual has taken on a significant leadership role resulting in a new or enhanced program, an innovative way of meeting organizational needs, or has addressed a need that was not previously met.
  • NEW- Youth Volunteer (18 years or younger) has performed over 100 hours of service in a one-year period, representing exceptional service that surpassed expectations.

If you have a volunteer or volunteers who meet this criteria submit your request for a certificate here .

*Note: This Certificate is not meant as recognition of normal board service but could be used for exceptional board service that exceeds expectations. Please contact Nevada Volunteers with questions.

Limitations

No individual may receive the Certificate in two consecutive years for the same category. Recipients must be Nevada residents or have performed their volunteer service solely in Nevada. This recognition is not intended for National Service members.

Nomination Process

The nomination form may be submitted by any nonprofit, business, faith-based group, civic organization, or governmental entity. Nominations need to be submitted 4 weeks in advance of when the award will be presented. Nominations are submitted to the Governor’s Office on the 1st and 15th of each month. There is no charge for participating unless you wish to add a lapel pin to your presentation (see above).

The nomination requires the following information:

  • Name of Nominating Organization
  • EIN Number or other proof of legitimate status as a nonprofit or business
  • Phone/Mailing Address/Email
  • Name of Person Making the Nomination
  • Volunteer Name and contact information
  • Description of the way(s) in which the volunteer meets the criteria

Service Award Pin

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An optional lapel pin is available for a $5.00 charge. Click here to order. The pin will be sent with the Certificate.