Awardees Honored at Nonprofit Awareness Day Celebration
June 10, 2013 The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the states nonprofit trade association, today bestowed awards to people and organizations who exemplify excellence in leadership, collaboration, advocacy, innovation, and communications in connection with Nonprofit Awareness Day, which recognizes the role that nonprofits play in the economic, cultural, and community life of Massachusetts.
The 2013 Nonprofit Excellence Award winners, selected from 177 nominees statewide, were announced at a mid-day celebration in the Great Hall of the State House.
Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives every day, said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
(MNN). Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations and leaders that represent the incredible work of the sector.
Receiving the awards were the following organizations:
- Excellence in Leadership Kit Jenkins and Mary Flannery, Raw Art Works, Lynn. Selected for their work as co-founder/executive director and founder, respectively, at Raw Art Works, through which they have built RAW into a nationally recognized organization with an operating budget of $1.44 million that serves more than 450 youth annually.
- Excellence in Collaboration Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, New Bedford. Selected for the collaboration between the YMCA Southcoast and the United Way of Greater New Bedford to reduce hunger, create volunteer stewardship and increase education about agriculture and local hunger.
- Excellence in Board Leadership The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Springfield. Selected for its success under Board President Ann Gillard, whose Vision to Action Plan increased support for HIV positive men and expanded the Emergency Financial Assistance program to be accessible in Spanish.
- Excellence in Advocacy Massachusetts Association for Community Development Corporations (MACDC), Boston. Selected for its efforts to create places of opportunity where people of diverse backgrounds can access affordable housing.
- Excellence in Communication The Lowell Association for the Blind, Lowell. Selected for its efforts to communicate with and about the blind and visually impaired, including making information on its website accessible for use with screen readers and magnification software.
- Excellence in Innovation Addgene, Cambridge. Selected for its new method for plasmid sharing, enabling more than 22,000 plasmids to be stored in the repository from over 1400 contributing labs at 280 institutions.
- Young Nonprofit Professional Award Marquis Cabrera. Selected for his work as founder and chairman of Foster Skills, Inc., Boston, which, among other accomplishments, works with 456 youth and has organized more than 80 workshops, established 22 partnerships, and wrote legislation to advocate for educational and judicial stability.
In addition, Senate President Therese Murray was honored as the Public Official of the Year for her work to support and protect nonprofit organizations and their missions, ranging from arts and heritage to community development.