The DeBartolo Family Foundation’s Spirit of Humanity Award honors local nonprofit organizations that impact the Tampa Bay community in a meaningful way. Recipients of this award create unity, demonstrate hard work, and extend their outreach by helping people in need to overcome obstacles that are beyond their control. Since 2002, 53 recipients have been recognized with the $25,000 Spirit of Humanity Award, awarded three times annually.

If you believe your organization, or an organization that you support, would be a candidate for this award, please download our nomination form by clicking the Apply Here button below. Please e-mail the completed form, along with the organization’s most recent 990 to Judy Bragdon, at jbragdon@debartoloholdings.com.


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The DeBartolo Family Foundation is proud to present Corporate Angel Network (CAN) with the 2021 Spirit of Humanity Award. The $25,000 donation will assist cancer patients in the Tampa Bay area and beyond with their travel needs to and from care.

Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization whose sole mission is to fly cancer patients to treatment at no cost on both private and corporate planes. Five hundred of America’s top corporations, including half of the top 100 in the Fortune 500, have helped CAN coordinate more than 60,000 flights since it was founded in 1981.

“We are honored to support Corporate Angel Network with our Spirit of Humanity Award,” said Lisa DeBartolo, Chief Executive Officer of the DeBartolo Family Foundation. “We recognize that having access to treatment could be the difference in beating cancer or adding years to one’s lives. There are so many groundbreaking therapies available across the country and we are thankful for CAN’s commitment to help cancer patients find flights for care they can’t receive near their home.”

“Through the support of this award, CAN will be able to help patients, like 5-year-old Rose, make regular trips to the hospital best suited for their diagnosis,” said Gina Russo, Executive Director of the Corporate Angel Network. “The resources extended through this grant will help to ease the physical, emotional and financial burden put on patients and caregivers through a cancer diagnosis. On behalf of the CAN Board of Directors, staff and patients we serve, thank you for making a significant impact in FL and across the country.”

For more information or to become a flight donor, please visit CAN at corpangelnetwork.org.