10 Semifinalists Announced for the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

10 Semifinalists Announced for the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards


Nonprofit New York’s Awards shine a spotlight on exceptional nonprofits

Contact: Lakimja Mattocks, 646-893-1933, lmattocks

New York, NY, August 6, 2020Now in its 14th year, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards continues to be a powerful learning opportunity for nonprofit organizations in the New York City area. Nonprofit New York has announced 10 semifinalists for its 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. These organizations are diverse, stand-out nonprofits that  show promising practices in Nonprofit New York’s Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence. The organizations chosen by our Selection Committee range in  budget sizes  from $500K to $22M, staff sizes from  four to 103 FTE, and age from three years to 130+  years in operation. This year’s  semifinalists have brought forward a range of creative and replicable management practices that we look forward to uplifting and sharing with our sector  at Nonprofit New York’s annual Best Nonprofit Conference, which gives all nonprofits a way to learn from - and aspire to - the best practices of the organizations recognized through the Awards.

“Amidst all the challenges facing the nonprofit sector, we are so glad to have a chance to celebrate the resilience, innovation, and excellence of these remarkable organizations.  This year’s semifinalists reflect a cross section of the sector in terms of size, scale, and mission and offer inspiration to all us” said Meg Barnette, Nonprofit New York President & CEO. “Feedback and learning opportunities  that extend well beyond the award winners are integral components of this program, and this peer learning and support is more important than ever.  As we face the multiple and overlapping challenges presented by 2020, it is critical to highlight and support management practices that help us make the sector more equitable, effective, and sustainable.”

The 10 semifinalists include:

  • Chicken & Egg Pictures (Manhattan) supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.
  • Civic Hall Labs, Inc. (Manhattan) builds the power and capacity of civic-minded people and organizations.
  • DREAM (Manhattan) formerly Harlem RBI – uses the power of teams to inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
  • Exalt Youth (exalt) (Manhattan) catalyzes a transformation in the way their participants THINK, which is a necessary precursor to substantive and long term behavior change. 
  • Global Kids (Manhattan) educates, activates and inspires youth from underserved communities to take action on critical issues facing our world.
  • Good Call (Brooklyn) is a free 24/7 emergency hotline that connects people who are arrested with a free lawyer and their loved ones, with just one phone call. 
  • Partnership with Children (Manhattan) supports the most vulnerable children in overcoming the stress of growing up in poverty.
  • The Center for Urban Pedagogy (Brooklyn) uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement.
  • The Opportunity Network (Manhattan) ignites the drive, curiosity, and agency of underrepresented students on their paths to and through college and into thriving careers, powered by a commitment to access and community.
  • Trail Blazers (Brooklyn) creates a world where all people have opportunities to go outside and grow within.

“The Clark Foundation cares deeply about the health of the city’s nonprofit sector. We are proud to support the Awards program, which shares replicable management practices and serves as an incredible resource for all nonprofits ” said Doug Bauer, executive director of The Clark Foundation.

The semifinalists were selected by a 39-person expert Selection Committee who not only evaluate applicants, but provide tailored feedback and expertise throughout the Awards program. From the pool of semifinalists, the Selection Committee will select one Overall Management Excellence Award recipient from up to six finalists. Up to nine Special Recognitions will be awarded to organizations  demonstrating excellence  in a Key Area. The overall award recipient will receive $30,000, and two runners up  $10,000 each. The overall award recipient, finalists, and specially recognized organizations will receive a scholarship for leadership programs for nonprofit professionals at the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. They will also be recognized and participate in Nonprofit New York’s Best Nonprofit Conference, to be held virtually on December 7 and December 8, 2020.

“Columbia Business School is proud to be a supporter of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program. We know that our scholarships awarded to organizations recognized by this program can help transform the management practices of nonprofits and ultimately allow them to better serve their communities,” said Matthew Harty, head of programs in social enterprise at Columbia Business School.

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 www.nonprofitnewyork.org for more information.

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 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.