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


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Adrienne Langlois, Communications Manager
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
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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.