MotherWoman Honored as 2012 Excellence in Advocacy Winner


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The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that MotherWoman, a health & human services organization in Amherst, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence in Advocacy 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.

MotherWoman was selected 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.

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 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 wasbe emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at

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