2024 Nominations Accepted from
April 22nd through August 2nd at 12:00 noon

2024 Award Guidelines & Application

A nominee for the Fernando Award should clearly be making a difference in the greater San Fernando Valley through significant volunteer leadership with civic/business organizations, community based organzations, schools, etc. The Nominee should have a solid and consistent history of volunteerism that is helping residents of the San Fernando Valley and or has brought about positive social change.

General Nomination Guidelines

  1. A nominee may live or work outside of the greater San Fernando Valley, however, the majority of the nominee’s volunteer activities should be within the greater San Fernando Valley.
  2. For purposes of the Fernando Award, the greater San Fernando Valley is geographically defined as west through Calabasas, east through Glendale, stops before Santa Clarita/Valencia in the north, and stops south at Mulholland Dr.
  3. Former elected officials and staff are eligible to be nominated if they have been out of public office for five or more years and not expected to run for public office or to be a staff member in the future.
  4. Current public officials, current and former staffers, current candidates for public office, current members of the Fernando board of directors and past award recipients are not eligible to be nominated.
  5. Individuals who were nominees and or finalists in 2022 and 2023 and wish to be nominated again in 2024, do not need to submit a full nomination package. However, you should update any information from your 2022 nomination application such as any revised nominators, updated volunteer activities, etc. Should you have significant revisions to the nomination form from 2022 or 2023, you will be asked to submit a new application to be considered in 2024.
  6. Nominees who perform community service as a requirement of an employer will be considered. However, the nomination application should primarily include volunteer activities that are not required by your employer. These activities should clearly demonstrate that your volunteer activities go beyond the requirements of an employer.
  7. Nominees and finalists may promote their nomination status through social media channels such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, etc. However, should the nominee become a finalist, a finalist may not directly request a vote on their behalf. Finalists who directly request votes, may be disqualified.
  8. Nominees must have two (2) nominators. Nominators may be individuals and/or representatives of community organizations and/or business owners and/or executives. If more than two (2) nominations are received only the first two (2) will be used in the selection process.
  9. There are no requirements for the number of years of volunteer service to be nominated. However, past Fernando award recipients and finalists typically have 20 plus years of consistent and impactful volunteer service in the greater San Fernando Valley region.
  10. The 2024 nomination application process is automated on Fernando’s web site. Only applications received through this web site will be considered.

General Nomination Timeline – 2024

April 22, 2024
Nomination applications accepted at www.fernandoawards.org. Only applications submitted through the web site will be considered.

August 2, 2024
Nominations close on August 2nd at 12:00 noon. A finalist selection committee will be formed. The primary purpose of this committee is to review the nominee applications and to identify five award finalists.

In late August or early September, the award finalists will be announced.

Ballots to vote for the 2024 Fernando Award recipient are distributed, via email, to all eligible voters. Eligible voters are past recipients, current Fernando board members, community partners and patrons and benefactors. The voting process will be conducted online with secure passwords and authorizations. The ballots are tabulated by a local CPA firm. The name of the Fernando Award recipient is kept secret until the evening of the awards event.

October 18, 2024
The 66th Annual Fernando Award Foundation Gala Dinner is scheduled for Friday, October 18th. Event sponsorships are available now from $1,750 to $5,000 for a reserved table of eight plus tribute advertising benefits. Individual tickets are $175 and do not include premium seating. For sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Tim Vints at fernandoawards@gmail.com.

Before Submitting the Nomination Application

When entering the nomination application section, you will need to identify yourself as a NOMINEE or a NOMINATOR. Nominees are required to respond to several questions about their volunteer activities and will be asked to upload a photo, a bio-sketch and an OPTIONAL 30-second video on why they should be chosen as the 2024 Fernando Award Recipient. NOMINATORS will be asked to identify who they are nominating and if they are nominating as an individual or representing an organization. NOMINATORS should not nominate individuals who have not confirmed their interest in being nominated. Nominator information will be connected to the Nominee information by the finalist selection committee.

Should you need additional information submitting the nomination application, you may contact Tim Vints at fernandoawards@gmail.com or Pegi Matsuda at pegi@onboard.biz.