Humanitarian Award

Help honor those in our community who are making a difference in the lives of their neighbors with the Housing Opportunity Foundation’s Humanitarian Award!

Established in 2007, the Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals, projects or groups that have made outstanding contributions in the community. The award is given annually and its recipient honored at the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association /CarolinaMLS Holiday Awards Luncheon & Annual Meeting in December. Upon winning the award, recipients may designate a nonprofit organization of their choice to receive up to $2,000 from the foundation. During its eight-year history, the foundation has returned $15,150 to community organizations in honor of the recipients listed below. 

Nomination forms for the 2015 Humanitarian Award must be submitted by Nov. 13, 2015. Email the foundation staff with questions regarding the 2015 nomination process.  Download the 2015 nomination form

Previous Humanitarian Award Winners

2014: Otis Crowder, owner of Crowder Construction, for his work with several nonprofits, including Community Link, an area nonprofit committed to assisting individuals and families in obtaining safe and affordable housing.

2013: Curt Seifart, a 12-year real estate veteran and volunteer broker for the Crossroads Corp. for Affordable Housing and Community Development, which has been instrumental in the revitalization efforts in the the Grier Heights neighborhood.

2012: Bob Bishop was honored for his devotion to Men’s Shelter, McCreesh Place, Lakewood Community Alliance, Urban Ministries and other local organizations.

2011: Ginger Dowdle, founder and benefactor of The Shepherd's Watch, a summer camp devoted to children who age out of the foster care system.

2010: Kids First of the Carolinas has helped thousands of local children and families over the past 20 years; providing shelter, clothing, furniture and appliances, school supplies, medicine, holiday meals, toys for Christmas, and more.

2009: Rev. George Cook Jr., senior pastor at the Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church, who exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism within this community.

2008: Davidson Housing Coalition's Hands Around Mecklenburg/Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely (HAMMERS) program, which helps to address the prevalence of substandard housing and works toward the preservation of existing affordable housing in the community.

2007: David Barnhardt, a 22-year real estate veteran and active philanthropist.

The Humanitarian Award is a Housing Opportunity Foundation initiative.