The Ace Pillars
The ACE Pillars are the key values that strengthen and support the work of the Advancement Community and further the University’s fundraising efforts. ACE Awards are given annually to individuals who exemplify these values.
The colleague who receives the “Strengthen Community” ACE Pillar Award demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and community building; leads or contributes in ways that make our Advancement Community stronger and more effective.
The colleague or team who receives the “Be Proactive” ACE Pillar Award identifies needs, challenges, and opportunities for the Advancement Community and takes initiative to address it without management directive.
The colleague or team who receives the “Act Strategically” ACE Pillar Award works with colleagues across Grounds to cultivate a donor, solicit a gift, or develop a system that will be advantageous to the entire Advancement Community.
The colleague or team who receives the “Relentless Determination” ACE Pillar Award demonstrates relentless determination in the pursuit of a gift or project, going above and beyond the call of duty to see the work to completion.
Advocate for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The colleague who receives this award continuously exemplifies personal and professional practices that advance our community’s commitment to equity and inclusion across the spectrum of diversity represented by our students, colleagues, alumni, donors, and broader University and Charlottesville communities.
Friend of Advancement Award
The University leader who receives the Friend of Advancement ACE Award exemplified strategic thinking, advocacy, and collaboration in pursuit of shared success in fundraising and alumni engagement.
Past Award Winners
- All Recipients
- 2022 Recipients
- 2021 Recipients
- 2020 Recipients
- 2019 Recipients
- 2018 Recipients
ACE Celebrations Gallery
This peer-driven awards program recognizes collaboration across schools and units for the benefit of the greater University, highlighting the Pillars of outstanding advancement work:
- Strengthen Community
- Pursue with Determination
- Be Proactive
- Act Strategically
Anyone employed in University Advancement or at a UVA-related foundation whose primary responsibility is advancement or support of advancement (i.e. gift processing, administrative support, information systems, development communications or alumni engagement).
Those who are not eligible include: student workers and interns; members of the finance or accounting team for a school, unit or UVA-related foundation; career and advising services; University or school-based communications; Dean’s or President’s office staff; governmental relations; student affairs; admissions; employees of the College at Wise, and others who do not have advancement responsibilities.
Nominees for the new Friend of Advancement award are an exception to the above and can be a senior leader from anywhere on Grounds. Learn more about this award above.
To nominate colleagues, use the form linked on this page. Once there, you'll provide a brief description for how the nominee exemplifies the selected Pillar. Your ‘reason for nominating’ description will be used by the ACE Committee to determine the final 7 ACE Award recipients for the year and will be provided to the ACE Pillar Award recipient if he/she/they is selected as a finalist.
There are 7 annual awards. ACE Pillar Awards are $1,000 each (5 awards highlighting each of the 5 ACE Pillars); one individual will be chosen from the nominations to receive the MVP award and will receive $1,500; and one non-monetary recognition award for the Friend of Advancement awardee.
Nominated colleagues will be recognized during the annual spring awards celebration.
Yes, nominees will be made aware of who nominated them.
Yes! Nominated colleagues will be recognized online and during the annual spring awards celebration.
Yes, ACE nominations can be made for a team.
Interested in working to further strengthen and highlight cross-grounds collaboration and plan community-building events? Please email: ACEawards@virginia.edu