The School for Field Studies Honored as 2012 Excellence in Communication Award Winner


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The School for Field Studies


The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that The School for Field Studies, the United States’ largest environmental study abroad program for college undergraduates, is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence in Communication 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.

The School for Field Studies (SFS) was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Communication for its work enhancing its web and marketing strategy to tell students at over 4,200 colleges and universities around the country about the power of its environmental study abroad programs.  SFS designed and built compelling marketing platforms to showcase its students, programs, and the high-quality research conducted in the field, and positioned itself as a thought-leader in the industry, ultimately driving a 949% increase in requested materials compared with the same time period in 2010.

Not only has SFS provided information to thousands of college students about the opportunities for an international field research experience but their programs educate future environmental leaders. In the midst of an increasingly global economy, SFS students conduct undergraduate field research, collaborate with local community stakeholders and make positive contributions towards the sustainable use of the world’s natural resources. SFS operates environmental study abroad programs in seven countries, is headquartered in Beverly, MA, serves 550 undergraduates each year and has approximately 15,000 alumni.

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


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


About The School for Field Studies

For more than 30 years, The School for Field Studies, the United States’ largest environmental study abroad program for college undergraduates, has combined hands-on, multi-disciplinary environmental studies with scientific research to propose sustainable solutions to critical environmental problems. SFS students work with local communities to discover practical ways to manage their natural resources, and in the process undergo a transformational experience that helps them to advance their careers as skilled professionals and to become globally aware citizens. Visit