14 Greater Boston Nonprofit Organizations and Professionals Selected as 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists

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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 14 Greater Boston nonprofit organizations and individuals have been selected as finalists in 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.

 

“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 work of the extraordinary nonprofits in Greater Boston,” said Ruth Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “These finalists represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

Below are the 2012 finalists in Greater Boston:

 

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, for Excellence in Communication;
  • Crittenton Women’s Union, Boston, for Excellence in Communication;
  • The Cotting School, Lexington, for Excellence in Communication;
  • Sr. Lena Deevy at the Irish International Immigrant Center, Boston, for Excellence in Leadership;
  • Ethos, Jamaica Plain, for Excellence in Innovation;
  • Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL), Boston, for Excellence in Innovation;
  • Jon Feinman at Inner City Weightlifting, Boston, for Young Professional;
  • Friday Night Supper Program, Boston, for Excellence in Board Leadership;
  • The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., Malden, for Excellence in Innovation;
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Boston, for Excellence in Collaboration;
  • Lawyers Clearinghouse, Boston, for Excellence in Board Leadership;
  • MassEquality, Boston, for Excellence in Advocacy;
  • Joanne Paterson at REACH- Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc., Waltham, for Young Professional;
  • Youth Jobs Coalition, Dorchester, for Excellence in Advocacy.

 

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.

 

 

 

Youth Jobs Coalition Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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Media Contact:

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

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Youth Jobs Coalition, an education & youth organization in Dorchester, 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.

 

Youth Jobs Coalition has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Advocacy for its work on behalf of YouthWorks, which provides state funding for summer jobs for teens. With teen unemployment in Massachusetts at an all-time high, Youth Jobs Coalition launched a campaign to mobilize around the need for employment opportunities for teens. Not only will these opportunities prepare Massachusetts teenagers for their future careers, but they will provide a positive alternative for teens that might otherwise be on the streets during the summer, reducing violence, tendencies towards gang involvement, and drug use. Through marches on the State House, rallies pressuring the public sector to hire more teens, and meetings with elected officials, the 2011 campaign resulted in a near-complete restoration of State funding, $7 million out of $8 million to YouthWorks.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in Greater Boston, said Ruth Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Finalists like Youth Job Coalition represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

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.

 

 

 

Ronald Willoughby at the Springfield Rescue Mission Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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Media Contact:

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

 

or

 

Julie Barnes, srm@springfieldrescuemission.org, 413-732-0808 ext. 114

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Ronald Willoughby at the Springfield Rescue Mission, an Emergency Homeless Shelter, Rehabilitation and Transitional Living Program in Springfield, 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.

 

Ronald Willoughby has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Leadership for his inspiring work serving the physical and spiritual needs of those living in crisis in Greater Springfield through the Springfield Rescue Mission (SRM). With over 25 years of devotion and dedication to the hungry, homeless, addicted, and poor in Greater Springfield, Mr. Willoughby has impacted the lives of tens of thousands through his inspirational vision which has resulted in critical programmatic development and expansion during his time with the SRM.  Mr. Willoughby’s work to expand its donor and volunteer base enabled SRM to more effectively implement its programs which have transformed the lives of men, women, and children affected by the most dire and unfortunate of circumstances.  His compassionate leadership has provided the positive resources and Gospel message to  bring about the needed change in their lives.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley, said Jeffrey Greim of Bay Path College. “Finalists like Ronald Willoughby represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

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.

 

The School for Field Studies Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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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, 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.

 

The School for Field Studies (SFS) has been selected as a finalist 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.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in the northeast of our state,” said Dave Turcotte of UMass Lowell. “Finalists like The School for Field Studies represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

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.

 

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.

Joanne Patterson at REACH – Beyond Domestic Violence Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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Media Contact:

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

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Joanne Patterson of REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, a human services organization in Waltham, 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.

 

Joanne Patterson has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Young Professional category for her instrumental work serving survivors of dating and domestic violence at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. Ms. Patterson recognized that the key to ending dating and domestic violence is prevention and took the initiative to meet prevention head on by creating the Peers Against ViolencE program, which includes school and community-based teen dating violence health curricula, peer leadership development and teacher/parent training. REACH  has been committed to engaging communities to end dating and domestic violence since the agency’s inception in 1981; however, until Ms. Patterson developed this program, no comprehensive resource existed to educate teens in the suburbs about dating violence, an area of violence that impacts 1 in 10 teens in Massachusetts. Since the creation of the program, over 10,000 youth, educators, parents and community members have received trainings around teen dating violence. Ms. Patterson’s passion and knowledge around the issue and REACH’s commitment to developing strong prevention programs have led to thousands of individuals being touched by programs that prevent abusive relationships by building youth and adults’ knowledge and skills about healthy and harmful relationship behaviors, effective interpersonal communication skills, and strategies for helping friends who might be in an abusive relationship.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in Greater Boston, said Ruth Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Finalists like Joanne Patterson represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

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.

 

Robin Organ of Green Schools Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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Media Contact:

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

 

or

 

Margie McNally or Marla Cohen, margiemcn@comcast.net / monet18@netzero.net, 508-559-8959 / 508-528-3140 ex. 122

 


The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Robin Organ of Green Schools, an environmental education and youth organization in Mansfield, 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.

 

Robin Organ has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Leadership for her dynamic role founding Green Schools. With school buildings across the state aging, presenting air quality and other environmental concerns to both students and teachers, Organ recognized the need to leverage youth engagement to create healthy green environments in the schools they attend. Since its inception under Organ’s leadership, Green Schools has grown to engage over 112 schools in MA (and in 22 other states) and has more than tripled the hours of service its Student Ambassadors have provided across the Commonwealth.  Ms. Organ recently attended the first ever White House Environmental Summit on Environmental Education (only a dozen organizations around the country were invited to attend). Not only has Ms. Organ transformed her passion for environmental education into a reality, but Green Schools’ impact has created healthier learning environments for students around the Commonwealth.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in the the Southeast,” said Georgia Antonopoulos, Director at the Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College. “Finalists like Robin Organ represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

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.

 

MotherWoman Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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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, 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.

MotherWoman has been selected as a finalist 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.

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley, said Jeffrey Greim of Bay Path College. “Finalists like MotherWoman represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

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 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.

“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.”

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.

 

 

MassEquality Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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Media Contact:

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

 

Or

 

Susan Ryan-Vollmar

617-999-5644, susan@massequality.org

 

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that MassEquality, the leading statewide LGBT advocacy organization based in Boston, 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.

 

MassEquality has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Advocacy for its work on the passage of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, marking the first time in approximately two decades that state lawmakers proactively passed civil rights legislation. Until passage of this law, transgender people in Massachusetts had no legal protections in housing, employment, schools, or credit, and anti-bias crimes were limited in how they could be prosecuted. MassEquality led the advocacy efforts of a broad-based coalition of groups working for its passage by organizing hundreds of meetings with legislators; recruiting testimony from key public officials, organizations and individuals; generating over 100,000 phone calls from voters to lawmakers in support of the bill; pitching placement of more than 100 supportive media pieces; and helping stage more than 20 events at the State House focusing attention on the Bill. MassEquality works to ensure that every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person in Massachusetts is protected from cradle to grave—with equal rights and opportunities in school, in marriage and family life, at work and in retirement.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in Greater Boston, said Ruth Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Finalists like MassEquality represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

“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.”

 

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.

 

 

Lawyers Clearinghouse Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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Media Contact:

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

 

or

 

Maribeth Perry, mperry@lawyersclearinghouse.org, 617-778-1980

 


The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Lawyers Clearinghouse, a pro-bono legal services organization in Boston, 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.

 

Lawyers Clearinghouse has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Board Leadership for the resounding success of the Board of Directors in implementing new fundraising strategies to support the organization and develop new, effective programming. With foundation funds declining, the Board of Directors created a fundraising training to empower staff and the Board of Directors to seek funds from alternate sources. Additionally, an annual event was created, which now represents over 25% of the organization’s budget. Not only has Lawyers Clearinghouse strengthened the financial stability of the organization, but the new funding has allowed the organization to more effectively provide critical legal services and consultation to nonprofit organizations fighting homelessness and creating affordable housing in Massachusetts.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in Greater Boston,” said Ruth Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Finalists like Lawyers Clearinghouse represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

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.

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. Selected as a 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalist

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Media Contact:

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

 

or

 

Karen Glover, kglover@ilctr.org, 781-322-9777

 

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., a not-for-profit adult learning center that provides free English classes and promotes immigrants as assets, 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.

 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) has been selected as a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Innovation for its unique approach combining English instruction to adult immigrants with research on immigrants to educate the American public. The ILC’s Public Education Institute commissions research studies and hosts professional development forums for educators.  It launched an “Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame” on its website that features the life stories of 62 immigrants who founded well-known American companies. ILC’s English language instruction and research have been instrumental in closing the knowledge gap between the American public and immigrant populations, and its research has helped shape policy decisions including state economic and community development (New Americans Agenda); regional planning (Metro Future by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations); and Mayor Menino’s Office for New Bostonians strategic planning.

 

“Our communities would not be the same without the work of the extraordinary nonprofits in the Greater Boston,” said Ruth Bramson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Finalists like the Immigrant Learning Center represent the best of an exceptional group of individuals and organizations serving the Commonwealth.”

 

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.

 

“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.”

 

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.