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NewYork Cares Takes Top Prize in NY Times Nonprofit Excellence Awards PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 June 2009 04:42

New York Cares took the top prize in yesterday’s presentation ceremony for the third annual New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards.   New York Cares, which meets pressing community needs by mobilizing New Yorkers in volunteer service, was selected from among six finalists out of more than 85 qualified applicants.

 

In addition to New York Cares award for Overall Management Excellence, other honorees were as follows:

 

  • Groundwork, Inc. – Winner for Excellent Management.  East New York-based Groundwork helps empower youth and strengthens communities by educating and supporting children and families in and around public housing.

 

  • Vera Institute of Justice – Winner for Excellent Management.   Vera uses research, practice and innovation to help improve justice and safety across the United States and around the world.

 

  • Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) – Winner for Excellent Communications.  NEDAP promotes community economic justice and the elimination of discriminatory economic practices that harm communities and perpetuate inequality and poverty.

 

Commendations were presented to two additional finalists:

 

  • Citizens Advice Bureau, a Bronx based settlement house whose mission is to improve the economic and social well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities, and;
  • Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), which involved families with legal information and compassionate guidance so that they can successfully navigate the Family Court system, regain their stability and decrease the likelihood that they will return to the courts.

 

“I’m thrilled,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director.  “Our application was an opportunity to represent 22 years of excellent management in a snapshot of New York Cares today.  It is really the management practices of board, staff and our volunteer team leaders all together        that contributed to our success.”

 

Bagley tipped is hat to the other finalists.  “When they were announcing the awards, they could have announced them in any order and it would have made sense to me,” he said.  “I learned a lot from listening to the other organizations and I look forward to stealing some of their wonderful ideas.  If they would like to steal some of ours, I hope they will give me a call.”

 

The awards, which were created by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Philanthropy New York (formerly the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers), honor outstanding management practices and encourage innovation among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community.  The organizations were chosen by the program’s selection committee after an extensive application, interview and site visit process.

New York Cares will receive a $25,000 cash prize.  The other three award winners will receive $5,000.  All six finalists will receive scholarships to the Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. 

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