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8/6/12 - 2012 Semifinalists for Nonprofit Excellence Awards Announced

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee
August 6, 2012

The New York Community Trust, New York Magazine, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Philanthropy New York are delighted to announce the 10 semifinalists for the 2012 New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

The semifinalist organizations, which vary in size and in the types of programs and services they offer, were chosen by the program's 28-member Selection Committee for their outstanding management, focusing on Seven Areas of Nonprofit Excellence.

The 2012 Semifinalists are:
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families – aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City.

Global Kids – works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage.

Harlem RBI – uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire inner-city youth to recognize their potential to realize their dreams.

iMentor – improves the lives of high school students from underserved communities through evidence-based, technology-enabled mentoring, ensuring more students graduate high school college-ready.

Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York – grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Open Door Family Medical Center – provides quality primary health care and human services at affordable prices to the community, particularly low-income, under-served residents and those lacking access to health care.

Red Hook Initiative – partners with community adults to nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society.

The Children's Village – works in partnership with families to help society's most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities.

Women's Housing and Economic Development Corp. – aims to make the Bronx a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant place to live and raise a family by building energy-efficient, healthy and affordable homes and providing support services for low-income families.

YMCA of Greater New York – a powerful association of men, women, and children throughout the five boroughs working side-by-side to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Each of the 10 semifinalists will be asked submit a second application about their management practices that will be reviewed by the Selection Committee in September. The top 6 finalists will be announced on October 3. After a series of site visits to those six, three winners will be announced on November 15 at a Best Practices Workshop and Awards Presentation in New York City on November 15, 2012 special event.

A total of $40,000 will be awarded to three organizations, with $25,000 going to the Gold Prize winner for Overall Management Excellence, $10,000 to the Silver Prize winner and $5,000 to the Bronze Prize winner for outstanding performance in nonprofit management.

Each of the three winning organizations will also receive a scholarship toward tuition at the Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. Read the press release here.

About the Awards

The sixth annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards – now named The New York Community Trust — New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards — recognize the enormously important roles played by thousands of New York's nonprofit organizations in improving our lives and communities.

These Awards help nonprofit leaders improve the management of their organizations and inform all New Yorkers about management excellence in nonprofit organizations. Winning organizations will be recognized for excellent achievement in management at a special Awards Presentation on November 15, 2012, at Ford Foundation.

Winners will receive cash awards, special mention in New York Magazine, and scholarships towards tuition at the Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. All 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the New York City area are invited to apply.

This is your opportunity to tell all New Yorkers - and the world - what your organization accomplishes and how you manage to make it possible. What makes your organization unique? How do you embody the best of nonprofit management practices? Although the application deadline was May 18, 2012, the guidelines and application form will remain online at (subject to change in future rounds).

Application Process

The three-stage application process includes two stages of written applications and a site visit. Applicant organizations are required to address the seven key areas of nonprofit management below. The strongest applications are from those organizations where discussion and reflection have been invested by staff, board, volunteers and other stakeholders prior to completing their applications.

- Overall management focus on results
- Governance structure that moves the organization forward
- Strong, transparent and accountable financial management
- Inclusive, diverse and responsive organizational practices
- Enlightened use of human resources and information technology resources
- Regular and effective communications and use of communications technology
- Effective, ethical fundraising and resource development

Read more about the seven areas of nonprofit excellence at

Co-sponsors The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York serves as the tax-exempt manager of the program, in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York, sponsored by New York Magazine and WNYC. Additional financial and in-kind support in the past year was provided by The Clark Foundation, Ford Foundation, Google Inc., McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, the Fund for the City of New York, the Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School, and Wells Fargo.

2012 Selection Committee

Hildy Simmons, chair; consultant, Philanthropic Advisory Services. Natalie Abatemarco, managing director, Citi. Richard Burns, interim director, Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Anne Coates, vice president, arts and cultural development, Municipal Art Society of New York. Diana Davenport, vice president, administration, The Commonwealth Fund. Michael Davidson, board coach, Strategies that Work. Ernest Duncan, chief operating officer/chief financial officer, Vera Institute of Justice. Yancy Rubén Garrido, program officer, The Clark Foundation. Dawn Khan, chief executive officer, Techs4Good. Barbara Krasne, co-founder, management consultant, KrasnePlows. Jack Krauskopf, director, Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College. Valyrie Laedlein, co-director, Community Resource Exchange. Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, executive director, Queens Council on the Arts. Judy Levine, executive director, Cause Effective. Ira Machowsky, executive vice president, F.E.G.S Health and Human Services System. Craig Mills, director, strategic planning and communications, Raza Consulting Group. Scott Millstein, executive director, Coro New York Leadership Center. Michael Naumann, managing director, Theatre Development Fund. Karen Pearl, executive director, God’s Love We Deliver. Thaler Pekar, independent communications consultant, Thaler Pekar & Partners. Hilda Polanco, managing director, Fiscal Management Associates LLC. Robin L. Robin, director of human resources, New York Hall of Science. Anne Sherman, vice president, nonprofit strategy and operations, Growth Philanthropy Network. David Sturm, independent consultant, business and technology strategy, David M. Sturm Consulting. Patricia Swann, senior program officer, New York Community Trust. Ann Marie Thigpen, director, Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Adelphi University. Ken Walters, director, member services, United Neighborhood Houses. George Weiner, chief technology officer, Do Something.

# # # The New York Times Company 2011 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Winners

The fifth annual New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards held on June 23, 2011 recognized City Harvest, Harlem Academy and Sanctuary for Families as the sector’s best-managed nonprofits. The Awards, presented at TheTimesCenter, honor and encourage outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. A two-hour Best Practices workshop moderated by Jack Rosenthal proceeded the presentation of the awards. In addition to the cash awards, winning organizations received scholarships for Programs in Social Enterprise for Nonprofit Professionals at The Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Program of Columbia Business School.

The 2011 Winners Harlem Academy received the Gold prize for Overall Management Excellence and an award of $25,000.

City Harvest was awarded the Silver prize for management excellence with a prize of $10,000.

Sanctuary for Families received the Bronze prize for management excellence and a $5,000 prize. A total of 60 qualified applications were received for the 2011 program.

The program is a collaborative effort among The New York Times, Philanthropy New York, and NPCC. Aditi Davray manages the program for NPCC. Additional financial and in-kind support in the past year was provided by The Clark Foundation, Google Inc., Ford Foundation, McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, Fund for the City of New York, The New York Community Trust, New York Life Foundation, Wells Fargo, The Venable Foundation and Community Resource Exchange. The reception was courtesy of The New York Times Wine Club. Read a summary about the winning organization's best practices. Read The New York Times Company press release.

2010 Awards Winners

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence
God's Love We Deliver - Silver Prize for Management Excellence
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest - Bronze Prize for Management Excellence.

The Sadie Nash Leadership Project promotes leadership, activism and service among young women. Its programs are centered on the achievements of women, use of role models, service-based learning and community organizing.

God's Love We Deliver improves the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and other life-altering illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest advances disability rights, environmental justice and equality and civil rights, with a focus on health justice, through the power of community-driven legal representation and partnerships with member law firms.

As winner of the Overall Management Excellence award, Sadie Nash Leadership Project received a $25,000 cash award. The other two winners received cash awards of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. The winners also received a total of $36,000 in scholarships to Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School.


Click here to read the Times press release.


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