2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Every year, MNN honors the passion and impact of nonprofit professionals and organizations in the state’s nonprofit sector with the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Excellence Awards highlight the incredible work of nonprofit professionals and organizations across the state in six categories. The 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Award winners are:

  • Excellence in Advocacy – Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
  • Excellence in Innovation – Dudley Square Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
  • Excellence in Leadership – Mary Beth McMahon, President and CEO, Special Olympics Massachusetts
  • Excellence in Partnership – Tech Goes Home
  • Excellence by a Small Nonprofit – The North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ Youth
  • Excellence by a Young Professional – Joy Murrieta, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Main IDEA Youth & Arts

MNN recognized the following 27 finalists for the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. This year, a panel of judges reviewed over 130 nominations that represented the incredible work of nonprofits and professionals across the Commonwealth.


  • Brain Aneurysm Foundation
  • Generation Citizen Massachusetts
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education


  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
  • English for New Bostonians
  • Ocean Alliance
  • Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI)
  • Thrive Support & Advocacy


  • Denella Clark, Boston Arts Academy Foundation
  • Jay Linnehan, Greater Lowell Community Foundation
  • Lynn Margherio, Cradles to Crayons
  • Mary Beth McMahon, Special Olympics Massachusetts
  • Vincent Strully, The New England Center for Children


  • Boston Harbor Now
  • Families First
  • South Shore Conservatory
  • Tech Goes Home

Small Nonprofit

  • Anike Foundation Incorporated
  • Asian Women for Health
  • Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
  • North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ Youth
  • West Medford Community Center

Young Professional

  • Joy Murrieta, Main IDEA
  • Thomas Oakley, The Literacy Lab
  • Matthew Pecoraro, Judge Baker Children’s Center
  • Jaykyri Simpson, Young Man with a Plan

Click the names of the categories below to learn more about each category.

Contact info@massnonprofitnet.org or 617-330-1188 x281 with any questions.