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11/21/13 - Three Outstanding New York Groups Win 2013 Nonprofit Excellence Awards


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 Three Outstanding New York Groups Win 2013 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

The Children’s Village, CSH and BronxWorks Honored for Superb Management

 

(New York, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2013 4 pm ) – Three nonprofits serving children, the homeless and job-seekers won the annual New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which celebrate outstanding management practices by nonprofits. Selected from 62 applicants through an intensive, nine-month judging process, the winners represent the Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester. Results were announced today and given $70,000 in prizes at the Scholastic Auditorium in SoHo. 

“The techniques of the best-run nonprofits offer great lessons to scores of other nonprofits as well as small businesses across New York State,” said Lorie Slutsky, President of The New York Community Trust.

Winners were selected because of excellence in eight areas of management: focus on results; governance structure; financial management; human resources; diversity and responsiveness; IT practices; communications; and fundraising.

The winners were selected by a 33-member judging committee from a field that had been winnowed to ten semifinalists and six finalists. The winners:

●     First Prize: The Children’s Village (New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley) 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.

“We are enormously proud to be in the company of all of the exemplary organizations who have been recognized through this award. I congratulate our staff and trustees who have made this recognition possible,” said Jeremy Kohomban, President and CEO of The Children’s Village.

●     Second Prize: CSH (Manhattan) helps build housing that lets those most in need, the homeless and disabled, connect to homes, health care, jobs, and the community.

“An integral part of our work that often goes without public recognition are the internal systems that allow us to achieve our mission of providing supportive housing opportunities for those most in need. We are truly honored to win the Nonprofit Excellence Awards,” said Deborah De Santis, CSH President.

●     Third Prize: BronxWorks (Bronx) helps individuals and families in the Bronx improve their economic and social well-being through job skills training, homeless outreach, services for people with HIV/AIDS, preschools and summer camps, eviction prevention programs, and more.

“BronxWorks is extremely honored to have been selected for a 2013 Nonprofit Excellence Award,” says Eileen Torres, the organization’s interim executive director.  “This is a great moment for us as a Bronx-based institution and as a member of the New York City settlement house system.”  Founded in 1972, BronxWorks has been a United Neighborhood Houses member since 1993.

The First Prize winner receives $30,000, Second Place receives $20,000 and Third Place receives $10,000.

Since the first Nonprofit Excellence Awards in 2007, over 550 nonprofit organizations have applied for the Awards, and 21 have been recognized for their management excellence. A list of past winners is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/winners/.

NPCC created the Nonprofit Excellence Awards in 2007 and serves as the tax-exempt manager of the program, in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York. New York Magazine and WNYC co-sponsor the program, which is also supported by The Clark Foundation, Taconic Foundation, McGladrey LLP, the Fund for the City of New YorkPrograms in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School, and Ford Foundation.

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) serves as the voice and information source for New York nonprofits. An umbrella organization representing and serving some 1,500 member nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, NPCC is the largest such organization in the New York City area. It represents all types of nonprofits on sector-wide issues. Established in 1984, NPCC informs and connects nonprofit leaders, saves nonprofits money, helps them manage and govern themselves better, and protects and strengthens the entire nonprofit community’s relations with all levels of government.  (www.npccny.org)

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the City and the suburbs—and who are committed to improving them. With its donors, The Trust supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make the City and suburbs vital and secure places to live and work, while building permanent resources for the future. The New York Community Trust ended 2012 with assets of $2.1 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $136 million. (www.nycommunitytrust.org

Philanthropy New York is the primary membership organization for private, family, corporate, and public foundations based in the tri-state New York area. Its 285 member organizations—including some of the leading grantmaking foundations in the worldrecognize that a vibrant and well-managed nonprofit sector is fundamental to healthy communities. Collaborating in the Awards provides Philanthropy New York an important opportunity to celebrate management excellence among their members’ nonprofit partners, learn from their experience, and help build greater capacity in the sector. Philanthropy New York is the principal professional community of philanthropic foundations based in the New York City region with a mission of enhancing the ability of philanthropists to serve the public good. Philanthropy New York members recognize that without extraordinary grantees, there would be no effective grantmaking programs. (www.philanthropynewyork.org)

New York Media is the parent company of the ground-breaking weekly New York magazine, founded in 1968; the up-to-the-minute news and service website nymag.com; the Grub Street network of food blogs; the entertainment and culture news site Vulture; and the twice-yearly New York Weddings magazine. (www.nymag.com)

WNYC is the most listened-to public radio station in the country, reaching over 1.1 million listeners each week. Consisting of FM 93.9, AM 820, and wnyc.org, WNYC aims to inform the public locally and globally on current events, politics, and civic affairs; export New York’s arts and cultural riches to the rest of the world; and, give voice to diverse audiences. WNYC produces signature programs including The Brian Lehrer Show, The Leonard Lopate Show, and Radiolab, among others, and also broadcasts the best offerings from NPR, American Public Media, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and Public Radio International. With more than 100,000 members, the station operates as an independent nonprofit and has one of the largest membership bases of any institution in the city. (www.wnyc.org)

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