Valued at about $3,500, the award will be presented at the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation Annual General Meeting and is subject to the discretion of the Awards Committee.
The recipient(s) of The Norman Lesh Philanthropy Award must propose an idea for an innovative and creative philanthropic, entrepreneurial activity that offers the potential for ongoing benefits to the Ottawa Jewish community, or surrounding communities.
The Norman Lesh Philanthropy Award honours the legacy of a tireless community leader. Norman Lesh, who was born and raised in Ottawa, gave unlimited time, and boundless energy to the betterment of the Jewish and broader community.
His devotion transcended philosophic and religious differences. Above all, he inspired and supported initiatives that were both innovative and creative. As a philanthropist and a businessman, he displayed an ability to see outside of the box. This forward and creative thinking led to the development of unique and hugely successful fundraiser tools that raised millions of dollars for our community and city.
This award now aims at encouraging other innovative thinkers to develop their own philanthropic legacy. To learn more about Norman Lesh, read this article in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin..
The 2021 Grant application will reopen in 2022.
For information, please contact the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-798-4696, ext. 252.
Past recipients of the Norman Lesh Philanthropy award
2017 - Tamir - Stepping Out in Style fashion show
2018 - Hillel Lodge LTC Foundation - Viceo Campaign Project
2019 - Ottawa Torah Center - First Annual Ottawa Kosher BBQ Cook-off and Festival
In 2020, because of the sudden shut down brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, the Norman Lesh Philanthropy Award was not granted – put simply, it is impossible to fund programs that currently could not run. Instead, the Lesh family donated their grant to Tamir to help manage the extra costs caused by the pandemic.