The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College and the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) will hold the 5th Annual Maine Philanthropy Awards ceremony on Friday, April 26 at Colby. At the event, Philanthropist and Business Leader Roxanne Quimby will receive the Maine Philanthropist of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony is held annually in conjunction with the annual Maine Nonprofit Leadership Conference, a collaborative effort between Colby College and MANP. The event serves to recognize philanthropists whose impacts are at the statewide, central Maine level, a Colby student, and a central Maine high school student who demonstrate the qualities of philanthropy and volunteerism. Past state-wide award recipients include Neil Rolde, Donald Sussman, Joe and Carol Wishcamper, Harold Alfond, and Joseph Boulos.

Quimby is co-founder of Burt’s Bees, an internationally renowned personal care company. Upon the sale of the multi-million dollar company, she funded two foundations in support of the environment and the arts. She also serves as the founding director of the Quimby Colony, an artist in residence program located in Portland Maine. Quimby Foundation C.E.O. Daniel O’Leary will accept the Maine Philanthropy Award on her behalf.

Stanley Marshall, Jr. is the recipient of the Central Maine Philanthropist of the Year Award. As a volunteer for the AARP Tax-Aid Program since 2003, Marshall has helped the program grow to assist over 125,000 taxpayers in New England in receiving free help with their taxes each year. During his time as chairman of the Board of Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE), the organization has increased the number of seniors who receive free legal help each year from 3,800 to over 5,000, meaning that hundreds more seniors are able to stay in their homes each year, receive much-needed health care services, and obtain access to basic public benefits.

Matthew White is the recipient of the Colby Philanthropist of the Year Award.  White is a junior at Colby College majoring in English and double-minoring in Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. White founded and directs Colby’s MulePrep program, which serves as a free SAT Prep program for high school juniors and seniors. For the 2012 season, the program expanded to assist 75 students with six volunteer teachers. White is now working to develop a program for first-generation college students. Â

Georgeanne Oliver is the recipient of the Central Maine High School Philanthropist of the Year Award. During her time as a student at Waterville Senior High School, Oliver and a classmate developed and launched the Act Out after-school program for the Albert S. Hall School, where students practice and perform a dramatic play for the community. In addition to her efforts with the Act Out program, Oliver has held leadership positions including treasurer, vice president, and president of the high school’s chapter of the Tri-M National Honor Society and the National Honor Society.

“”We are so pleased to work alongside the Maine Association of Nonprofits to pay tribute to this outstanding group of people,” said Director of the Goldfarb Center Daniel Shea. “”These philanthropists have dedicated much of their time, talent, and energy to making the state of Maine a better place, and we are honored to celebrate all they have achieved.””

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby brings faculty and students together with local, state, national, and international leaders to explore creative, interdisciplinary approaches to the complex challenges facing today’s world.

MANP is a membership organization offering professional skill development programs, affordable healthcare and benefits plans, discounts on related programs and services and advocacy resources, and is part of a national network of state associations.

For more information, please contact Assistant Director of the Goldfarb Center Amanda Kitchen at akitchen@colby.edu or 207-859-5319.