Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce its fifth annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive, four Minnesotans, two from the Twin Cities metro and two from Greater Minnesota, will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state of Minnesota and its communities. 

Nominations for this year's awards are now closed.  Please check back soon to find out who the 2019 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award recipients are!

Nominations will open again in Late Winter/Early Spring of 2020. 

View past recipients


Award Criteria

A Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero is an individual who has had a significant impact on the state of Minnesota and its communities. This individual:

  • Has played a significant role on creating a positive impact on Minnesota and its communities.
  • Has not been widely recognized for their work in the past.

Award Eligibility

  • Nominees do not have to be employed at an organization to be eligible, but may be volunteers, board members, or service staff of nonprofits.
  • Nominees must be Minnesota residents.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominees may not be past Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award or Human Services Award recipients.

Recipients will receive:

  • $10,000 cash award
  • Public recognition at MCN's 2019 Annual Conference in Rochester on October 24.
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