FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Adrienne Langlois, Communications Manager
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
617-330-1188 x285, firstname.lastname@example.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.