Nominations are now closed for the 2022 award.


The Community Foundation of Boone County will soon be seeking nominations for the 2022 Aaron Stookey Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

Established in 1996, this fund is named after Aaron Stookey to recognize individuals or businesses in our community who are exemplary in their philanthropic activities. For years, he dedicated his only night off to hold monthly fundraising dinners for Boone County needs. Aaron Stookey not only donated his restaurant for fundraising events, but purchased the food and supplies, supervised preparation, coordinated volunteer servers, handled event promotion, and donated all proceeds to the beneficiary charity.

Past recipients include: Aaron Stookey, Richard Lenox, Virgil Benge, Kent & Charlotte Frandsen, Doc Russell Hardin, Pete & Sandy Obremskey, Doug Vawter, Brett & Shari Bayston, H. Peter Hudson, and Jean Acton.

Nominees should have a broad base of charitable activities. Nominees should demonstrate a long standing commitment to local charities, setting a positive example for others by their and volunteerism, as well as, but not limited to, financial support. The award recipient then pays it forward by selecting a nonprofit organization to receive an unrestricted $300 grant.

  • Nominations are open September 12 – September 30, 2022. The recipient will be notified early November and a grant presentation will be scheduled with the selected nonprofit organization late November – mid December.
  • Nominees should demonstrate charitable activities within Boone County.
  • The public can make nominations online by describing why your candidate deserves recognition and what philanthropic impact the nominee has made to Boone County.
  • The award includes a plaque and a cash donation to the recipient’s nonprofit organization of choice.
  • Award recipient is selected by the CFBC Grants Committee.


Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted over $28 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. Through the generosity of donors, the Community Foundation currently holds over $30 million in net assets. In the past 30 years, we have worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. The establishment and growth of permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.