January 22, 2020
Mass. Nonprofit Organizations and Leaders Cited as 'Excellent'

June 3, 2019 — The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state's nonprofit trade association, today recognized four organizations and two nonprofit leaders as models of excellence at a celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day, an annual statewide tribute to the contributions of Massachusetts nonprofits.

Nonprofit Excellence Award winners, selected by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), were announced at a State House gathering of 150 nonprofits, as well as political and business leaders.

"Over 33,000 nonprofits are making a difference in every corner of the Commonwealth, adding significant contributions to the health and vitality of our communities," said Jim Klocke, chief executive officer of MNN.

Receiving this year's Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which recognize "the innovative and effective work of nonprofits across Massachusetts," were the following:
  • Advocacy ”“ Teens Leading The Way, Boston, which works to empower young people to create lasting change across Massachusetts through youth-led public-policy.

  • Collaboration ”“ Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington, which nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.

  • Innovation ”“ Y2Y Network, Cambridge, which provides a shelter run by student volunteers for young adults experiencing homelessness.

  • Small Nonprofit ”“ Fresh Start Furniture Bank, Hudson, helps restore hope, dignity, and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture and housewares, for free, to people in need.

  • Leadership ”“ Radha Natarajan, executive director of New England Innocence Project, Boston, which provides pro bono legal representation to people who have been wrongfully convicted in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

  • Young Professional ”“ Andy Short, co-director of Improbable Players, Watertown, which uses theater performance and workshops to address addiction, alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic.
Twenty-one other award finalists were as follows:

Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire
Arts|Learning, Inc.
Common Cause Massachusetts

Boch Center/ArtWeek
Cambridge School Volunteers
VNA Care

Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD)
Found in Translation
RIA House, Inc. ”“ Ready.Inspire.Act
The Phoenix

Small Nonprofit
It Takes a Village
To the Moon and Back
Working for Worcester

Christine Buckley, Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Enchanted Circle Theater
Imari Paris Jeffries, Parenting Journey
Amy Sousa, The Guild for Human Services

Young Professional
Lauren Gablinske, Samaritans
Ramsel Gonzalez, ZUMIX
Cliff Notez, HipStory Films
Katharine Pong and Amelia Thelen, On The Rise

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