The New York Community Trust and New York Magazine have announced the 10 semifinalists for the 2012 The New York Community Trust—New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Now in its sixth year, the awards honor outstanding management practices and encourage innovation and communication among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. Since 2007, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) and Philanthropy New York have managed this program, which is open to nonprofit organizations based in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. The 2012 Awards are also sponsored by WNYC.
The 10 semifinalists organizations, which vary in size and in type of services they offer the community, were chosen by the program’s 28-member Selection Committee for their outstanding management practices. They are:
- Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, which aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City.
- Global Kids, which 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, which uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire inner-city youth to recognize their potential to realize their dreams.
- iMentor, which 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, which 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, which 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, which 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, which 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., which 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, an 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.
“Nonprofits enrich the lives of all New Yorkers and it is excellent management, as shown by these 10 semifinalists, that make their contribution to our communities possible,” said Lorie A. Slutsky, president, The New York Community Trust (NYCT), which is sponsoring the awards program for the first time this year. “This year’s semifinalists represent a diverse cross-section of our vibrant nonprofit sector and are effectively using strong management practices to advance their missions and the well-being of our city.”
“New York City area nonprofits are among the best managed in the country,” according to Michael E. Clark, president, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. “These Awards recognize how creative and essential their excellent management practices are to enriching all of our lives.”
“Donors want to feel confident that their contributions are not just going to a good cause, but to organizations that manage their people and resources effectively,” said Ronna D. Brown, president, Philanthropy New York. “The 10 semifinalists announced today are not just well managed organizations, but also exceedingly credible authorities on the significant challenges that even the best-run nonprofit organizations face in the current climate. We applaud each and every one.”
Each of the 10 semifinalists will now 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 3rd. After a series of site visits to those ten, three winners will be announced on November 15 at a 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.
The awards will be presented to the three winners at a Best Practices Workshop and Awards Presentation in New York City on November 15, 2012.