Nomination letters for this year’s yeʔlan lima award are being accepted October 24 through November 14, 2022.  

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) frequently celebrates the success and remarkable achievements of Oregon nonprofits. However, not often enough do individuals within these inspiring organizations receive the recognition they deserve.  A fundamental ingredient of a successful organization is the dedication, commitment and unwavering effort of the individuals working within the organization.  We hope you will assist us in finding that one special “helping hand” in your organization or community by sending us your nomination for the 2022 yeʔlan lima award. Your nominee may be your co-worker, a peer, your manager/supervisor, or someone you know that is affiliated with a partner nonprofit organization.
In previous years, we had an overwhelming number of requests to nominate a manager or director of a nonprofit, so we added a third category to accommodate those nomination requests. 

Award Categories:

  • Non-paid volunteer
  • Paid non-management staff
  • Paid management staff

 The criteria for a nominee include one or more of the following qualities:

  • Exhibits style and influence to motivate those with whom they interact
  • Performs work tasks in an exemplary manner that inspire others to excel
  • Consistently demonstrates outstanding conduct and performance of duties
  • Demonstrated dedication, superior reliability and cooperation in achieving the mission, goals and objectives of the nonprofit organization of which they are employed or volunteer  

Award Rules: The nomination letter is limited to one page (typed, 12 pt. min.) and not to exceed 250 words. Nomination letters must be emailed to by 5pm on Monday, November 14, 2022. 

  • Nomination letters must include a recent color photo of the nominee (.jpeg format preferred)
  • Nomination letters must specify which award category they are submitting for their nominee
  • Nominee must be currently working in the nonprofit sector & serving within SMCF’s 11-county service area (Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington or Yamhill)
  • All nomination materials submitted will become the property of SMCF and will not be returned
  • Persons may not nominate themselves or their family members
  • Previous Helping Hand award winners are ineligible 
  • Each of the award recipients will receive a distinctive recognition award, a one-night stay and dinner for two at Spirit Mountain Casino, and $500.

Winners will be selected in early December and awards will be delivered before Christmas! If you have any questions, please email or call 503-879-1400.

Hayu Masi (Many Thanks)!