Nominations sought for nonprofit representative to state energy efficiency council

Media Contact:
Kaitlin Henry, Communications Manager
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
617-330-1188 x 285, khenry@massnonprofitnet.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON- Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), the statewide organization representing the nonprofit sector, is seeking nominations for a representative to the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. The Council, established as part of the Green Communities Act in 2008, reviews and approves the three-year energy efficiency plans prepared by the Commonwealth’s gas and electric distribution companies and approved municipal aggregators. The Council was expanded, in this year’s electricity bill, to include a representative from MNN’s network of nonprofit organizations.

“Nonprofits represent 16.7% of the workforce in Massachusetts and control over $250 billion in annual revenues,” commented Massachusetts Nonprofit Network CEO Rick Jakious. “The inclusion of nonprofits on the Council recognizes to scope and scale of the sector and its importance in helping the state meet its long-term climate control goals.”

The role of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network representative to the Council is to review, approve, and  monitor energy efficiency plans and programs required of the state’s investor-owned gas and electric utilities and energy providers and to help the nonprofit sector save energy and lower operating costs by advocating for nonprofit targeted efficiency programs. The Energy Efficiency Plans are designed to deliver energy savings, improve energy security, create local jobs, and reduce pollution including greenhouse gas emissions.

MNN is seeking interested candidates who are dedicated to improving efficiency opportunities available to nonprofits, with a background in energy, sustainability or a related field. Interested applicants should visit MNN’s website at www.massnonprofitnet.org.

 

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Massachusetts Nonprofit Network CEO’s Statement on Legislature’s Salary Reserve Override

 

BOSTON – Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, released the following statement concerning the House and Senate’s unanimous override of Governor Deval Patrick’s veto of the Salary Reserve. This action maintains a $20 million Salary Reserve for direct care workers who provide essential services to residents of the Commonwealth.
“We congratulate and thank the human service organizations and workers, and legislators, who worked hard to make this override possible,” stated Jakious. “This is a significant accomplishment for the entire nonprofit sector because it is about fairness for thousands of front-line providers, whose salaries do not nearly match the importance of the work they do each day.”
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.

 

 

Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project Honored as 2012 Excellence in Collaboration Award Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

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

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (BYAEP), led by Raw Art Works, a youth and arts education organization in Lynn, has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Excellence in Collaboration Award. 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.

The Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Collaboration for its creation of an unprecedented assessment process for youth arts programming. With funding for youth arts programs declining, Raw Art Works collaborated with Zumix, The Theater Offensive, Medicine Wheel Productions, and the Hyde Square Task Force to create BYAEP to develop and pilot specific tools to measure tangible impact areas of youth arts programs. BYAEP redesigned existing programs and created a handbook for its measurement standards that has been distributed nationally.  It also created new programs to more effectively influence the lives of youth through exposure to the arts, which has created more meaningful ties to their community and a positive outlet for youth creativity and self-discovery. Through efficient and creative collaboration, BYAEP has tailored a process to construct and assess quality arts programming for Boston area youth.

Excellence Award winners were 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.

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners were celebrated at 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event was emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at 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.

 

 

 

The School for Field Studies Honored as 2012 Excellence in Communication Award Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

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

or

Leslie Granese, Director of Marketing and Enrollment

The School for Field Studies

978-219-5120, lgranese@fieldstudies.org


The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that The School for Field Studies, the United States’ largest environmental study abroad program for college undergraduates, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence in Communication Award. 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.

The School for Field Studies (SFS) was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Communication for its work enhancing its web and marketing strategy to tell students at over 4,200 colleges and universities around the country about the power of its environmental study abroad programs.  SFS designed and built compelling marketing platforms to showcase its students, programs, and the high-quality research conducted in the field, and positioned itself as a thought-leader in the industry, ultimately driving a 949% increase in requested materials compared with the same time period in 2010.

Not only has SFS provided information to thousands of college students about the opportunities for an international field research experience but their programs educate future environmental leaders. In the midst of an increasingly global economy, SFS students conduct undergraduate field research, collaborate with local community stakeholders and make positive contributions towards the sustainable use of the world’s natural resources. SFS operates environmental study abroad programs in seven countries, is headquartered in Beverly, MA, serves 550 undergraduates each year and has approximately 15,000 alumni.

Excellence Award winners were 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.

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners were celebrated at 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event was emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at 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.

 

About The School for Field Studies

For more than 30 years, The School for Field Studies, the United States’ largest environmental study abroad program for college undergraduates, has combined hands-on, multi-disciplinary environmental studies with scientific research to propose sustainable solutions to critical environmental problems. SFS students work with local communities to discover practical ways to manage their natural resources, and in the process undergo a transformational experience that helps them to advance their careers as skilled professionals and to become globally aware citizens. Visit www.fieldstudies.org.

 

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MotherWoman Honored as 2012 Excellence in Advocacy Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

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

or

Beth Spong
413-253-8990, beth@motherwoman.org

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that MotherWoman, a health & human services organization in Amherst, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence in Advocacy Award. 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.

MotherWoman was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Advocacy for its work in support of postpartum depression policies for all mothers in Massachusetts which resulted in the passage of the Postpartum Depression Legislation in 2010 and its current leadership in the effort to pass Earned Paid Sick Time (EPST) legislation in Massachusetts. Through advocacy trainings, programmatic models that can be replicated across the state, increased media exposure around the impact of social policies on mother’s maternal mental health as well as their economic realities and the mobilization of mothers, fathers, and children, MotherWoman not only effectively changed the way legislators view the needs of mothers in Massachusetts, but provided the most vulnerable members of societies – the infants of these mothers – with the guaranteed support they need in their critical months of development.

Annette Cycon, Founder of MotherWoman, said, “It has been our commitment at MotherWoman to address the underlying issues that impact all mothers in our communities in order to truly support them in their ability to thrive. We are committed to educating our communities and elected officials on the impact of policies on families and advocating for policies that offer mothers true support.”

Excellence Award winners were 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.

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners were celebrated at 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event wasbe emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at 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.

 

 

Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) Honored as 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

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

or

Lauren Piette, l.piette@fuelaccounts.org , 617-423-0331 x19

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL), an asset development and college access organization, has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 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.

Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Innovation for its unique approach making higher education more accessible to low-income students. FUEL engages the families of high school students, through financial incentives and information, to give parents the skills and knowledge to motivate and guide their children toward higher education. FUEL’s new model involves the entire family: students work hard in school while parents participate in Savings Circle educational workshops and slowly put money away for college. In the last two years, 447 families have saved nearly $238,000 toward higher education, propelling 49 low-income students into post-secondary degree programs.

Excellence Award winners were 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.

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners were celebrated at 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event was emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at 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.

 

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Dorcas Grigg-Saito at Lowell Community Health Center Honored as 2012 Excellence in Leadership Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

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

or

Maura Smith, maurasm@lchealth.org, 978-746-7891

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Dorcas Grigg-Saito at the Lowell Community Health Center, a health and human services organization in Lowell, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award. 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.

Dorcas Grigg-Saito was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Leadership for her impressive work at the helm of the Lowell Community Health Center. With 1 in every 3 Lowell residents utilizing services provided by the Lowell Community Health Center and thousands of other residents still unable to access services, Ms. Grigg-Saito spearheaded the effort to build a $42 million brand new facility that will open later this year. Under her leadership, the Lowell Community Health Center garnered $9.35 million in federal stimulus funding—one of only 85 awards selected from a pool of 600 applications nationwide. Not only has Ms. Grigg-Saito led the Lowell Community Health Center into a new era of service and support for the Lowell community, but Lowell residents will finally have the access they need to crucial healthcare services.

Excellence Award winners were 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.

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners were celebrated at 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event was emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at 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.

 

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Friday Night Supper Program Honored as 2012 Excellence in Board Leadership Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

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

or

Kristina Ikenberry, Krisi0614@gmail.com, 781-367-6625

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that the Friday Night Supper Program, a human services organization in Boston, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence in Board Leadership Award. 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.

Friday Night Supper Program has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Board Leadership for the actions taken by the organization’s Board of Directors on financial stewardship.  Faced with a critical need to diversify funds to address immediate needs, such as broken stoves and other impediments to meal service, Friday Night Supper Program’s Board actively engaged foundations, individuals, and corporate donors to support the financial stability of the organization. The 20% increase in foundation funding and 90% increase in individual contributions are a testament to the investment of the Board of Directors in supporting Friday Night Supper’s ability to serve over 13,000 meals annually  to those in need in Greater Boston.

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.

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award winners were celebrated at 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event was emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at 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.

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Nicki Eastburn at Family Success Partnership of the Assabet Valley Collaborative Honored as 2012 Young Professional Excellence Award Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

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

or

Cathy Cummins, ccummins@assabet.org, 508-481-3611

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Nicki Eastburn at the Family Success Partnership of the Assabet Valley Collaborative, a human services organization in Marlborough, has been selected as the 2012 Young Professional Excellence Award Winner. 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.

 

Nicki Eastburn was selected 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 hired 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 are 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 organization. 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.

 

Excellence Award winners were 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.

 

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

 

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners were celebrated at  2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo all served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event was emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at 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.

 

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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.