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


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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

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