HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 16-014
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
For Release
February 4, 2016

HUD & COF seeking nominations from philanthropies working with the public sector to improve outcomes for people and communities.

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) launched the 2016 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships ( HUD and COF are seeking nominations from charitable foundations working with the public sector to improve the neighborhoods and the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents. The winners of this prestigious HUD Secretary's Award will be presented at COF's 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in April.

"Partnerships among the public and private sectors are revitalizing how we serve the neediest among us, and philanthropies are leading the way," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "This award recognizes some of the outstanding charitable foundations that are working with government to expand opportunities for low income families and children."

"The Secretary's Award highlights the transformational power of strong public-philanthropic partnerships that improve the quality of life for low- and moderate-income communities in urban, suburban, and rural areas," said Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. "The Council is grateful to Secretary Castro and HUD for recognizing the impact of foundations across the country and is delighted to partner with them again to raise up such important collaborations."

The Secretary's Awards for Public Philanthropic Partnerships recognize excellence in partnerships that have transformed the relationship between the sectors and led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic, employment, health, safety, education, sustainability, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, and/or housing access for low- and moderate-income families.

Nominations may include projects affiliated with housing and neighborhood improvements, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, safety, sustainability, innovative regional approaches, and economic development. All entries must be completed using the award's fillable PDF form and submitted by an eligible foundation via email to The deadline for completing submission is 11:59 p.m. PST, Monday, March 7, 2016.

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An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today's toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.

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