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Honoring Nonprofits in Your Community: 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award Nominations Invited

March 13, 2012


Media Contact:
Adrienne Langlois, Communications Manager
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
617-330-1188 x285, alanglois@massnonprofitnet.org

BOSTON- The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), the statewide organization that works to strengthen the nonprofit sector in the Commonwealth and raise its profile, has opened nominations for the fourth annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the work of exceptional nonprofits and nonprofit leaders in communities across the state. “Nonprofits touch every part of our lives,” said Rick Jakious, Chief Executive Officer of MNN. “This is an opportunity to recognize the nonprofits that make a unique contribution in your community.”

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented at MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the State House on June 11. Signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2007, Nonprofit Awareness Day, an annual holiday raising awareness of the sector and celebrating its work, is the first state holiday of its kind. Rev. Walter Tilleman, chairman of the board of directors for Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc., said, “The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2010 Nonprofit Excellence Award for Governance recognized the ethical practices and principles that our dedicated, volunteer board of directors has worked so hard to exemplify.”

“Receiving this award was a tremendous pat-on-the-back for our hard working volunteers,” Tilleman said. “The MNN award is on display in our board room, and we make sure that new board members see it and understand they are joining an organization with a history of excellence.” Nonprofit Awareness Day was created to underscore the significance of the sector: Nonprofits currently provide 455,900 jobs in the Commonwealth and employ 16.7 percent of the Massachusetts workforce, according to a 2012 study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies.

“Nonprofits are critical to our economy, providing jobs and boosting tourism,” said Jakious. “They protect our cultural, historical, and environmental treasures and enrich our daily lives. The sector includes institutions of higher learning and world-class cultural landmarks that define Massachusetts in many ways, as well as organizations that provide critical services to our most underprivileged residents.”

The awards were conceived as a way to acknowledge leading organizations, and to create new opportunities for them to tell their stories and to reach out to residents of the state.

Nominations for the 2012 Excellence Awards may be made in seven categories:

• Advocacy

• Board Leadership

• Collaboration

• Communications

• Innovation

• Leadership

• Young Nonprofit Professional

The deadline for nominations is March 28. Full descriptions of the awards and nomination forms are available on the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network website: http://bit.ly/2012MNNExcellenceAwards

About the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network was launched in 2007 to strengthen communities by serving nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth. The organization raises the sector’s visibility, engages members in public policy initiatives, and builds capacity for individual organizations. MNN currently includes almost 500 members representing nonprofits in every part of Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands.

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