About the Friends Alliance Award:
In coordination with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Historic Sites Division's Community Partnerships Program, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC) is accepting nominations for the 2020 Friends Alliance Awards to honor outstanding volunteer efforts of local Friends Groups that support THC historic sites. The award is selected by a committee of the FTHC, and selections are approved by the FTHC board of directors during the summer quarterly meeting. To see previous award winners, go to the FTHC website: thcfriends.org/friends-alliance-awards.
Friends Alliance Awards are offered to Friends Group organizations that have gone above and beyond in their roles to provide volunteer service in the following categories:
- Civic Engagement: for outstanding efforts in promoting and advocating for a THC State Historic Site to public entities, to maintain or elevate the site as a recognized community asset.
- Friendraising: for creatively engaging diverse community stakeholders to support the site.
- Stewardship: for augmenting site staff capacity by any means of assistance, such as hiring temporary site staff, fundraising for additional operational, maintenance or preservation needs, and/or providing in-kind services or supplies.
The 2020 Friends Alliance awardees will be recognized by the FTHC on January 29th, 2020 during the THC's Real Places conference opening reception. At least one representative of the awarded Friends Group should be available, if possible, to be recognized.
The FTHC will present a commemorative plaque and $150 to each awarded Friends Group to be used toward any board training that the Friends Group deems beneficial to their organization.
Nominations may be submitted by Historic Sites staff and by any member of the public, and self nominations made by the Friends Group general or board members are also accepted.
Nominations may be made for Historic Sites Friends Groups as organizations and not for individuals within a group.
The award is merit-based, and not all categories may be awarded in any given year. Only one Friends Group per category is awarded per year.
If a Friends Group was awarded in the previous year, that group is not eligible for the same category of a Friends Alliance Award in the immediate following year. The group may be nominated in a different category.
Friends Groups may be nominated for only one category per nomination. Multiple nominations may be submitted with separate nominations. Friends Groups may only win in one category per year.
The nominee's contributions must be consistent with THC programs, policies, and preservation recommendations.
Please complete the nomination form below and submit by midnight Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The form can also be downloaded here, and submitted by email or mail to:
Angela Reed, Community Partnerships Coordinator
Historic Sites Division
PO Box 12276
Austin, Texas 78711
Each nomination form must include:
A. Completed nomination information, including category and contact information (below)
B. In the text box below, write a detailed description, no more than approximately 500 words, with the following information: 1) describe why the nominee meets the award criteria, 2) give at least one example of how the Friends Group meets the criteria, and 3) state how or why the Friends Group's activity is exceptional.
C. A concise synopsis of the achievement(s)
D. A current board roster
Optional: Each nomination may include supporting documentation, such as press releases, marketing materials, newsletters, etc., although supporting documents are not required. Letters in support of the nomination will not be considered.
Note: The nomination form must be completed in one sitting. Information will not be saved if you leave the page. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.