Seven Organizations Receive Recognition for 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Seven Organizations Receive Recognition for 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards


Nonprofit New York celebrates seven organizations for their excellence in nonprofit management

Contact: Kelly McLain, 646-893-2881, [email protected]

New York, NY, November 8, 2019 – Nonprofit New York is highlighting seven nonprofit organizations in their 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which uplift and celebrate nonprofits’ innovative management practices. Henry Street Settlement has been chosen as the Overall Management Excellence Award Winner, The HOPE Program and Literacy Inc. as Finalists, and four other organizations have been recognized for their work. The Overall Winner and six other organizations will be recognized at and participate in Nonprofit New York’s sold-out Best Nonprofit Conference on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

The Awards program, now in its 13th year, is an opportunity to learn about Nonprofit New York’s Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence. Recognized organizations are featured at Nonprofit New York’s Best Nonprofit Conference, which gives all nonprofits a way to learn from - and aspire to - the best practices of the Award winner, and other recognized organizations. The Winner, Runners Up, and Specially Recognized organizations are judged by the 38-person expert Selection Committee who evaluate the applicants and share tailored feedback and expertise with the applicants throughout the Awards program. For the first time this year, the Selection Committee assessed organizations on Nonprofit New York’s newest Key Area, Advocacy and Strategic Alliances.

“We are thrilled to recognize these organizations for meeting their important missions through excellent management practices, and to highlight these practices at the Best Nonprofit Conference,” said Sharon Stapel, Nonprofit New York president and executive director. “These organizations, and all nonprofits, help to shape the society we live in, and the Awards program and conference give us all a chance to learn how best to do our work.”

The Special Recognition recipients are:

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (Manhattan) provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities — in all their diversity — regardless of ability to pay. They are recognized for their practices in Advocacy and Strategic Alliances because of their client-centered engagement of multiple stakeholders throughout their advocacy efforts.

Edible Schoolyard NYC (Brooklyn) partners with New York City public schools to cultivate healthy students and communities through hands-on cooking and gardening education, transforming children’s relationship with food. They are recognized for their practices in Financial Management because of their clear goals for effective financial management and a transparent budgeting process.

Educational Alliance, Inc. (Manhattan) brings together and partners with diverse communities in lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs that enhance their wellbeing and socioeconomic opportunities. They are recognized for their practices in Technology and Data Use because their strategic approach and leading practices with using data to track program outcomes and online surveys.

Global Kids (Manhattan) educates, activates and inspires youth from underserved communities to take action on critical issues facing our world. They are recognized for their practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion because of their proactivity about addressing power dynamics while creating an inclusive work environment.

Henry Street Settlement (Manhattan) opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs. They are recognized for their practices in Communications because of their internal and external communications that are closely tied to their outcomes. Henry Street Settlement is also recognized for their practices in Human Resources for their commitment and investment in staff and for their focus on talent development.

The HOPE Program (Brooklyn) empowers New Yorkers to build sustainable futures through comprehensive training, jobs, advancement, and lifelong career support. They are recognized for their practices in Planning and Evaluation because of their strong use of data to inform their decision-making. The HOPE Program is also recognized for their practices in Governance because their board is engaged with strong accountability and strategy processes.

Literacy Inc. (LINC) (Manhattan) engages families and community members to support young readers in high needs neighborhoods. They are recognized for their practices in Fundraising and Resource Development because of their integrated and comprehensive fundraising program.

“Congratulations to these outstanding organizations,” said Doug Bauer, executive director of The Clark Foundation. “It’s wonderful that these organizations which contribute so much to their clients and communities, as well as the nonprofit sector, receive the recognition they deserve through the Awards program.”

The Overall Winner receives a $30,000 prize and a $11,000 scholarship for leadership programs for nonprofit professionals at the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. The two Finalists receive a $10,000 prize and $11,000 scholarship, and each Specially Recognized organization receives will receive a $6,000 scholarship.

“Columbia Business School Executive Education is proud to recognize these dedicated nonprofits that make our communities and the sector a better place to live and work, and equip them with an opportunity to continue to improve on their excellent management practices,” said Matthew Harty, Head of Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School.

Nonprofit New York manages the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and The Clark Foundation. WNYC is the media sponsor. Additional financial and in-kind support is provided by the Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., RSM US LLP, and Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. For more information about the Awards and Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence, visit our website.

Nonprofit New York exists to strengthen and unite New York’s nonprofits. We’re building a thriving community of extraordinary nonprofits — a relentless, collective force for good. With nearly 1,600 member organizations, we’ve been building a powerful nonprofit community in New York for 35 years, driven by the belief that when one nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger. Nonprofit New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization based in Manhattan. Visit for more information.

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