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


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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

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