Women for Madison is pleased to open the nomination process for the Leslie Gilliam Spirit of Philanthropy Award. This award is named for Leslie Flanary Gilliam (’82,) who served JMU in many capacities but most notably on the Board of Visitors. Leslie is a founding member of Women for Madison and an inaugural council woman on the Executive Advisory Council. Leslie strongly believed in the power of women rallying around a common purpose to effect positive change. “When women come together with a goal…great things will happen.”

Objective of this award:  To recognize a James Madison University contributor who inspires the next generation of philanthropy at the university.  The recipient will be a woman who models beneficence and leadership in relation to JMU.

Criteria for this award: 

  • Significant and ongoing philanthropy through financial, in-kind and/or volunteer support
  • Evidence that their philanthropy has inspired others
  • Measurable impact to James Madison University
  • Members of the Women for Madison EAC are not eligible while they are seated on the council.

Selection Process:

  • Nomination deadline: January 15th, 2019
  • Award presented at the May 10-11, 2019 Women For Madison Summit. Recipient must be available to receive the award in person.

Nominate someone for the Leslie Gilliam Spirit of Philanthropy Award using the form below:


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