Nicki Eastburn at Family Success Partnership of the Assabet Valley Collaborative Honored as 2012 Young Professional Excellence Award Winner


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The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Nicki Eastburn at the Family Success Partnership of the Assabet Valley Collaborative, a human services organization in Marlborough, has been selected as the 2012 Young Professional Excellence Award Winner. 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.


Nicki Eastburn was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Young Professional category for her incredible work supporting the needs of children and their families in MetroWest through her role as Director of Community & Family Supports for the Family Success Partnership (FSP) of the Assabet Valley Collaborative. Ms. Eastburn was hired by FSP to develop and implement a program, in partnership with local public schools, to meet the total needs of the family to ensure that children are performing to their greatest potential in school. Not only did Ms. Eastburn accomplish this goal in a short time frame, but her dedication to the success of children and their families drove her to go above and beyond the call of duty. Ms. Eastburn secured the support of senior state officials and foundations, as well as brand new commitments from school districts, to keep the program operating following the end of grant funding. Additionally, Ms. Eastburn secured a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant – a feat nearly impossible for a community-based organization. Ms. Eastburn’s impressive commitment to supporting the needs of the family has resulted in intervening early to guide close to 100 families back on track and saving schools districts as much as $45,000-$300,000 a year.


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 all 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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