2 MetroWest Nonprofit Organizations and Professionals Selected as 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Adrienne Langlois, Communications Manager
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
617-330-1188 x285, alanglois@massnonprofitnet.org

 

2 MetroWest Nonprofit Organizations and Professionals Selected as 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists

 

BOSTON- The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is pleased to announce that 2 MetroWest nonprofit organizations and individuals have been selected as finalists in the 2011 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards are given each year to outstanding nonprofit organizations and professionals in the Commonwealth as part of MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday recognizing the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.

 

“Nonprofit Awareness Day was created to recognize the essential role that over 25,000 statewide nonprofits, with nearly a half million employees, play in our lives,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “These finalists represent the very best of this critical sector.”

 

Excellence Award finalists and winners are nominated by community members and their peers and are selected by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. This year, MNN received 122 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the extraordinary work of nonprofits in MetroWest,” said Rebecca Donham, trustee of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network.  “Finalists like Assabet Valley Collaborative’s Nicki Eastburn represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving our region and the Commonwealth.”

Below are the 2012 finalists in MetroWest:

 

Nicki Eastburn has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Young Professional category for her incredible work supporting the needs of children and their families in MetroWest through her role as Director of Community & Family Supports for the Family Success Partnership (FSP) of the Assabet Valley Collaborative. Ms. Eastburn was recruited by FSP to develop and implement a program, in partnership with local public schools, to meet the total needs of the family to ensure that children and performing to their greatest potential in school. Not only did Ms. Eastburn accomplish this goal in a short time frame, but her dedication to the success of children and their families drove her to go above and beyond the call of duty. Ms. Eastburn secured the support of senior state officials and foundations, as well as brand new commitments from school districts, to keep the program operating following the end of grant funding. Additionally, Ms. Eastburn secured a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant – a feat nearly impossible for a community-based foundation. Ms. Eastburn’s impressive commitment to supporting the needs of the family has resulted in intervening early to guide close to 100 families back on track and saving schools districts as much as $45,000-$300,000 a year.

 

Friends of Resiliency for Life has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Board Leadership for the inspiring leadership demonstrated by its Board Chair, Todd Witherow, to create a highly functioning, effective Board of Directors dedicated to the most at-risk youth of Framingham.  Under Todd’s leadership, the Board of Directors has championed programmatic enhancements through corporate and individual contributions to support Framingham high schoolers after graduation – ensuring that support continues post-high school and into the college years or job search process.  Not only has Resiliency for Life’s Board taken an active role in the fundraising process, but their engagement with the students served by the organization is evident in the resounding success of the organization to positively influence Framingham youth for the better and help them succeed in school and life.

 

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration on the morning of June 11 at the Massachusetts State House. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo will all serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event will be emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. For more information about Nonprofit Awareness Day and to register to attend, visit bit.ly/NPAD2012.

 

About the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the entire nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.  MNN was launched in 2007 to strengthen communities by serving nonprofit organizations through advocacy, public awareness and capacity building. MNN includes nearly 500 members, representing nonprofits in every part of Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands. For more information, visit www.massnonprofitnet.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Adrienne Langlois, Communications Manager
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
617-330-1188 x285, alanglois@massnonprofitnet.org

 

BOSTON- The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is pleased to announce that 2 MetroWest nonprofit organizations and individuals have been selected as finalists in the 2011 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards are given each year to outstanding nonprofit organizations and professionals in the Commonwealth as part of MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday recognizing the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.

 

“Nonprofit Awareness Day was created to recognize the essential role that over 25,000 statewide nonprofits, with nearly a half million employees, play in our lives,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “These finalists represent the very best of this critical sector.”

 

Excellence Award finalists and winners are nominated by community members and their peers and are selected by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. This year, MNN received 122 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the extraordinary work of nonprofits in MetroWest,” said Rebecca Donham, trustee of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network.  “Finalists like Assabet Valley Collaborative’s Nicki Eastburn represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving our region and the Commonwealth.”

Below are the 2012 finalists in MetroWest:

 

Nicki Eastburn has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Young Professional category for her incredible work supporting the needs of children and their families in MetroWest through her role as Director of Community & Family Supports for the Family Success Partnership (FSP) of the Assabet Valley Collaborative. Ms. Eastburn was recruited by FSP to develop and implement a program, in partnership with local public schools, to meet the total needs of the family to ensure that children and performing to their greatest potential in school. Not only did Ms. Eastburn accomplish this goal in a short time frame, but her dedication to the success of children and their families drove her to go above and beyond the ca
ll of duty. Ms. Eastburn secured the support of senior state officials and foundations, as well as brand new commitments from school districts, to keep the program operating following the end of grant funding. Additionally, Ms. Eastburn secured a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant – a feat nearly impossible for a community-based foundation. Ms. Eastburn’s impressive commitment to supporting the needs of the family has resulted in intervening early to guide close to 100 families back on track and saving schools districts as much as $45,000-$300,000 a year.

 

Friends of Resiliency for Life has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Board Leadership for the inspiring leadership demonstrated by its Board Chair, Todd Witherow, to create a highly functioning, effective Board of Directors dedicated to the most at-risk youth of Framingham.  Under Todd’s leadership, the Board of Directors has championed programmatic enhancements through corporate and individual contributions to support Framingham high schoolers after graduation – ensuring that support continues post-high school and into the college years or job search process.  Not only has Resiliency for Life’s Board taken an active role in the fundraising process, but their engagement with the students served by the organization is evident in the resounding success of the organization to positively influence Framingham youth for the better and help them succeed in school and life.

 

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration on the morning of June 11 at the Massachusetts State House. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo will all serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event will be emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. For more information about Nonprofit Awareness Day and to register to attend, visit bit.ly/NPAD2012.

 

About the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the entire nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.  MNN was launched in 2007 to strengthen communities by serving nonprofit organizations through advocacy, public awareness and capacity building. MNN includes nearly 500 members, representing nonprofits in every part of Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands. For more information, visit www.massnonprofitnet.org.